THE Legislative Council (Legco) members will take up the issue of the proposed rise in licensing fees for Hong Kong's hotels. Legco members Moses Cheng Mo-chi and Huang Chen-ya will discuss the issue with the Secretary for Home Affairs Michael Suen and ask for an explanation for the massive rise. Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners executive director Michael Li met the Legco members yesterday. He said they were interested in helping to resolve the issue. 'They [Legco members] said that the proposed hike should be gazetted and tabled for Legco's approval,' Mr Li said. According to Mr Li, the Government proposed that the licensing fee would come into effect next year, but no specific date was given. Under the new proposal, the licensing fees for hotels will be increased according to the number of rooms, as opposed to the existing flat rate of $24,000. The proposed fees are set in a schedule. For hotels with rooms ranging between 101-200 rooms, the fees will rise to $63,000. Hotels with more than 601 rooms will be the hardest hit, with fees rising to $336,200. Mr Li said the Licensing Authority had proposed the fees rise to cover the costs incurred in providing the service in licensing hotels, guest houses, holiday homes and others. 'What sort of rationale is that?' he asked. 'How the Government came up with the figure for the fees hike, I don't know,' he said.