Bunkhouses are a staple of the travel industry, but now some are seeing their fortunes crumble as they try to recover from the election’s fallout.
Travelers and hoteliers have been scrambling to make ends meet after the election.
As Trump was elected president, travel companies such as Delta Air Lines and American Airlines slashed fares and increased costs, while hotels have seen a decline in sales and bookings, said Mike Fiebert, the president of the Association of National Advertisers.
In December, the Travel Association said it would be raising prices for rooms and suites by as much as $100 to cover a $20,000 impact from the Trump administration’s travel ban.
Now, with the travel market recovering, travel and hotel chains have been trying to find ways to offset the fallout.
On Wednesday, Marriott International said it was reducing the number of rooms available to travelers and dropping rates on rooms in hotels in the Washington area and around the nation, according to a statement.
“We are pleased to have reached a mutually agreed upon solution to our longstanding issues with our customers, including an immediate reduction in prices, including room rates,” the statement said.
Marriott said it will continue to work with its customers and partners to address any issues that may arise, and is “evaluating options for additional reductions or reductions in other areas.”
“The Travel Association has been a great partner of Marriott for many years and is committed to doing everything in our power to support the travel and hospitality industry as it seeks to thrive in this challenging time,” Marriott said in a statement provided to The Associated Press.
It’s unclear if the company will be able to cut rates, but the move could be a way for other travel companies to ease the blow of a president they said had hurt their business.
Travel Association President and CEO Matt Fieber said Wednesday he is looking for ways to offer discounts or to lower rates that are competitive with other travel services.
“If you’re not able to get a discount on your rate or if you’re going to be paying more than the competitor, it makes it even harder for them to survive,” Fieb said.
“This is why you see a lot of hotels and resorts that are doing everything they can to try to find solutions to the problems they’ve been having.”
But hotels are worried about the backlash from the president’s travel policies.
“It’s really tough,” said Tom Hulman, owner of the Westin Hotel in Washington, which had its rates slashed to $2,100 a night in late December.
“It’s not fair to everyone else.”
The hotel and the Travel Union, which represents nearly 2,000 hoteliers, are also worried about what they’ll see from the new administration.
“I think we have to prepare for it.
We’re preparing to have the worst of the worst,” said Tony Tisch, president of The Westin.”
They’re going through a political transition, so we need to be ready to have all the answers,” Tisch said.
The Travel Union is urging hotels and other travel providers to be more transparent with customers and to make sure they are not violating federal or state laws.
“Anytime there’s a change of administration, you’re always going to have questions,” said union president Mark Wahlberg.
“We have a lot more information to go through.”
The travel industry is trying to work out how to handle the new rules and to avoid an exodus.
A company spokesman said it’s working with the Federal Communications Commission and the travel service providers and will offer discounts to travelers with special needs.
In recent weeks, many major hotel chains, including Hilton, have been issuing travel vouchers to people with special medical needs.
The voucher is valid for one year and can be used at any Hilton hotel, but it cannot be used for the same day at another hotel.
Traveling to the White House and other federal sites with special accommodations could also mean more room and board for travelers.
The travel companies say it will be difficult to recover as many rooms and rooms as many of their guests did.
“The hotels, as well as the airlines and the hotels that are still operating in the same business model that they were operating before the election, we have been able to mitigate some of the impact,” said Steve Shoup, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders.
The president has been particularly harsh on hotels, who have complained about the Trump hotels and their rate hikes.
“You have to remember that the Trump hoteliers were the ones who took the money from the American people and put it in Trump hotels, not me,” Trump said at a December rally in Wisconsin.
“They were the people who paid the rent and now they’re paying the rent.”
Many of the companies are taking a wait-and-see approach.
The Trump administration has not commented on the industry.
Hilton spokeswoman Nicole Cagle said the company is in talks with hoteliers to find an accommodation solution