New York: International Monetary Fund pays
for all business-related hotel bills of its chief, but
incumbent Dominique Strauss Kahn's stay in a luxury suite of
Sofitel here does not qualify for any such reimbursement.
It was during his stay at this Sofitel hotel that Kahn,
who was appointed IMF Managing Director in 2007 with a salary
in excess of USD 5,00,000 per year, was accused of indulging
in sexual assault on a chambermaid.
As per the terms of his appointment, IMF reimburses all
the hotel expenses incurred by Kahn for his "travel in the
interest of the Fund".
However, after his infamous hotel stay here, IMF
clarified that he was staying there on a private business and
Sofitel was as such not on the approved list of hotels for
stay of the Fund's staff.
The reported figures for the room rate of Kahn's Sofitel
hotel stay varies between USD 500 to USD 3,000 per night,
although the maximum permissible hotel rate for IMF's staff in
New York is much lower at USD 386 a night.
"At present, the maximum hotel rate in New York for staff
on official business is USD 386 a night, including tax and
service charges," an IMF statement said.
Reports from the French media have pegged the rate of the
luxury suite where Kahn was staying at USD 3,000 per night,
while some US reports put the rate at only USD 525 per night.
Sofitel's website mentions its various room rates in the
range of USD 251-395 per night.
"The Sofitel is not on the list of New York hotels, which
are generally standard business hotels," IMF said.
The Washington-based multilateral financial institution
said that Kahn was staying in New York on private business and
"as such, he pays out of his own pocket for hotels".
"IMF staff have clear rules for where they may stay and
how much they may pay on official travel, with an established
system of preferred hotels and set rates, negotiated
Kahn was appointed IMF chief for a period of five years
in 2007, but the terms of his appointment included a clause,
as per which his tenure can be terminated anytime.
At that time, he was given a salary of USD 420,930 per
annum and allowances aggregating to USD 75,350 per annum, both
net of taxes and eligible for inflation-linked hike every
In addition, he was promised reimbursement for
"reasonable expenses actually incurred for entertainment
directly related to the business of the Fund" and also all his
business-related hotel expenses and travel and hotel expenses
of his spouse in certain cases. Besides, he was also given
various retirement-related benefits.
First Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 20:08