Choice Hotels Int.'l(CHH) - Get Report said it will offer full refunds to all people who booked rooms with the hotel company but are are now barred from coming to the U.S. under President Donald Trump's travel ban.
The Rockville, Md.-based company said in a statement on Wednesday that while it "supports efforts to ensure safety and security" in the U.S., it hopes the Trump administration can find a "balanced approach that promotes travel."
"More specifically, we ask the administration to welcome international visitors and immigrants who travel to our country to enjoy our sights and landmarks, conduct business, visit family and to live and work, while providing appropriate travel security solutions that protect all Americans," Choice Hotels said in the statement.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.
Choice Hotels said it will waive all cancellation fees for guests affected by Trump's orders.
The company's statement is in response to Trump's executive order signed last Friday that bars the entry of all refugees to the U.S. for 120 days, prevents Syrian refugees from entering the country indefinitely and blocks citizens travelling from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the U.S. for 90 days. The president has said he issued the ban to allow him time to examine the country's current vetting procedures.
While several tech companies have come out against Trump's travel ban including Facebook (FB) - Get Report , Apple (AAPL) - Get Report , Microsoft(MSFT) - Get Report , Tesla Motors(TSLA) - Get Report and Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Report , Choice Hotels appears to be the first large hotel corporation to denounce the president's orders.
Choice Hotels operates 6,420 hotels in the U.S., the District of Columbia and 35 outside countries and territories.