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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:10 p.m., Thursday, August 10, 2006

Hotels notify guests about airport security

By Lynda Arakawa
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawai'i hotels spent the morning notifying guests and tour escorts about the increased security restrictions, but otherwise report business as usual.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts properties deployed guest service agents in lobbies to assist guests and sent fliers to every room. Workers at Marriott hotels here posted notices from the governor's office in lobbies and sent them to guest rooms.

The Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa sent letters in English and Japanese to all guest rooms about the heightened security alert and advised them to get to the airport three hours early for domestic and international flights and two hours early for inter-island trips.

The Hilton also was stocking up on shaving cream and toothpaste for incoming guests who may have had to leave them behind, but few guests appeared to need them, spokeswoman Dara Young said.

"So far the people who are arriving here said they had no problem," she said.

Starwood spokesman David Uchiyama also said the hotels haven't heard any negative feedback from arriving guests.