Hawaii visitors can expect to shell out a little bit more money for their hotel rooms in 2018. On Jan. 1, the Transient Accommodations Tax will increase 1%.
While the tax hike will affect tourists statewide, money raised from the increase will be used exclusively to fund a new light rail project on Oahu.
One percent of your hotel bill may not sound like much, but the increased tax was not popular with tourism officials as it moved through the Hawaii’s state Legislature earlier this year.
“We put in testimony in strong opposition to any increase,” said George Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “Anytime you take a price increase on anything, you’re...