NEW YORK (AP) Hawaii hotels have been a big draw for people from around the world since the arrival of the first passengers in the U.S.
A hotel room is a place to spend the night, but it’s not a place you see many of these days.
Hawaii is the destination for nearly 90 percent of the global tourism market, and it’s on the rise.
The nation’s hotel industry is growing by a factor of more than 10 per cent annually and the state’s hotel workers are becoming more educated and skilled.
But that growth has been accompanied by an increased number of visitors and complaints from hotel employees who feel their livelihoods are under threat.
“The industry is a lot smaller now,” said John Avila, a former Honolulu hotel employee.
“It’s a little bit more of a risk-averse industry.
The risk-taking has definitely increased.
And people don’t want to put their lives on the line for a paycheck.”
Hawaii’s tourism boom is fueled by a mix of factors.
Its location in the middle of a desert, surrounded by islands and waterfalls, has drawn people from all over the world.
Hawaiian hospitality is still in its infancy, and its businesses rely heavily on tourists who pay $25,000 for a stay at the nation’s largest hotel.
But now, tourists are arriving more frequently, with a growing number of them staying in hotels that aren’t located in the tourist hub.
And hotel workers, who make $7.25 an hour, say their pay has been squeezed as the economy has grown.
“We’re being paid $20 an hour,” said Mike Wiggers, a Hawaiian hospitality employee.
Wiggers said he makes $18,000 a year and pays $5,000 in rent.
The rest goes into the hotel’s general fund.
Waggers said that while he was working, he made $20,000 but that after the recession hit, his pay dropped by half.
He said his pay has declined even further as hotel occupancy has declined.
Hawakian hospitality has long been a key source of income for the state, and that continues.
Its tourism revenue is estimated at $1.3 billion, or about 30 percent of all the state revenue, according to the State Department of Finance.
But with a booming economy and the economy growing at a faster pace than expected, the hotel industry has been hit hard.
The industry has suffered losses of nearly $20 million in the past three years.
A new report by the Hawaii Tourism Authority says hotel occupancy declined by nearly 10 percent in 2016.
Hawi’s hotel occupancy rate is one of the lowest in the country, and a recent survey by the Hawaiian Hotel Association found that only 22 percent of hotel rooms were booked in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that many hotel workers don’t have a job.
Many work at night or weekends and have no way of knowing if they’ll be able to get a full night’s rest.
In some cases, hotel workers say they’re struggling to afford basic necessities such as food, water, clothes and medications.
And they say they face a host of other challenges: Many of them are on temporary contracts and don’t get paid overtime.
Hawke’s hospitality industry is also suffering from an economic downturn that has hurt business in the state.
There are fewer hotel rooms available and fewer travelers.
And a recent report from the Hawaii tourism authority found that nearly half of hotel workers surveyed in Hawaii were working less than 40 hours a week.
The agency expects occupancy rates to fall this year.
The number of hotel jobs has dropped by nearly 2,000 since the recession began, according a new study by the state comptroller.
And the number of temporary hotel workers has fallen by about 1,000, the report said.
But the hospitality industry has also been hit by a variety of factors, including an economic recession that has wiped out many of the jobs that were created during the boom.
“You’ve got a lot of people who are being laid off, people who have lost their jobs,” said Wigger.
“There are a lot more people working, but not being able to make a living is one factor.”
Wigers said he’s worried that he’ll be unable to pay the bills that have to be paid for his family’s home in Honolulu.
He has three children, and his wife and two teenage sons are now working part-time jobs at other hotels.
His younger son works part-timer shifts at a McDonald’s and says he’ll have to rely on his parents’ Social Security benefits to survive.
Wigggers said it’s a tough situation for him.
“My job’s not paying the bills,” he said.
“It’s not that I’m making a lot, but my kids have to pay for their own food, they have to take care of the house, and they’re not able to