I’m a fan of vacation rental firms like ApartmentList and Airbnb.
As an American and a visitor from the US, I appreciate the way these services make my visit to Hawaii and Maui so much more affordable.
But I’m also a little wary when it comes to hotel rooms and I’d be more than happy to rent them out if I could find one that didn’t require a reservation.
I recently spoke with a Maui resort rental company to find out why.
As it turns out, it’s because Maui hotels don’t have the ability to charge vacation rental fees.
Maui Resort Rentals has recently announced a new policy that it’s introducing this summer that will make it easier for guests to book hotel rooms on the island.
“If you are booking a vacation in Maui with Apartment List, Airbnb, Airbnb Resorts, or any other vacation rental service, you will now be able to book your room online in advance,” a spokesperson for Maui Resort Rental said.
Marengo Resort Rentings’ new policy is only going to make it harder for visitors from other countries to book Maui hotel rooms.
“While we are excited about this new policy, Maui’s hotel industry has been struggling for years, and the resort industry is still struggling to maintain the tourism value of the islands,” said Marengo Resorts’ spokesperson.
“We are working with our partners in the hotel industry to ensure that Maui stays a Mauis destination for all of its visitors.”
As a result, Mauis resort guests may be able only book their rooms in advance.
This means that tourists who come to Maui in the coming weeks and months will be unable to book their hotel room until later this summer, when Maui Resorts is set to begin booking rooms.
According to Mauis tourism authority, the Maui Tourism Authority, the changes will make the Mauis hotels the first in the world to allow vacation rental charges to be placed on hotel rooms that are booked online in the future.
“This new policy will also provide Maui guests with the opportunity to book a hotel room for the day of their stay.
This will make booking more convenient and affordable for our guests,” said Maui Governor Brian D. Kailua.
“This policy is the first step in a long-term plan to further strengthen Maui tourism and increase the value of our island for future visitors and visitors to Hawaii.”
Mali’s tourism industry is in need of help, and I hope that Mauis new hotel policy will help make it even more accessible for tourists.
This new rule comes just one year after Maui Island Resort, the main tourist destination in the area, launched a new travel booking program.
According to Mauitians tourism authority’s statement, this new program will allow visitors from around the world who visit the islands to book hotels in advance online.
Tourism is the only way to help keep Maui on Maui.
But as tourists flock to Hawaii, Mauitoes tourism industry may be in need.
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