Marriot hotel travel restrictions could be lifted, but not before new restrictions in Hawaii
Travel restrictions have been in place in the U.S. for several years, but they have mostly been aimed at the hotel industry and its hotel chains.
Now, Hawaii officials say they will relax some of the travel restrictions they put in place last year, but that it won’t mean the end of the crackdown.
According to a release from the Hawaii Department of Tourism, the state is planning to waive hotel room and meal reservations for all hotels by February 2019.
That means a lot of hotels will be able to book rooms for their guests without having to resort to additional reservations, officials said.
Hawaii also plans to eliminate all hotel security checkpoints, but it has made it clear that it will still require hoteliers to have a “special event” permit, according to the release.
Those requirements will not be waived, but instead, hotels will need to conduct security checks for everyone entering their properties.
The state also plans on easing some restrictions on the hotel business, allowing hotels to book room and food reservations online.
The plan includes an increase in the number of hotel rooms booked online from 2,000 to 5,000, and a temporary increase in guest numbers to 1,500 per day.
Hawaiian businesses have been affected by the travel bans.
Marriott, the largest hotel chain in the state, said last week that it had to lay off 2,500 employees and cut more than 20,000 jobs because of the new restrictions.
Hawian businesses will have the option of hiring people from overseas if they want to keep their jobs, the company said.