Marriott International is offering employees at hotels it manages in the US and Canada the equivalent of four hours’ pay to complete a COVID-19 vaccination regimen. The company said it views the distribution of vaccines to travelers and hospitality workers as a key driver of an economic recovery. While it is strongly encouraging employees to get vaccinated, it is not mandating the shots, Marriott said. David Rodriguez, global chief human resources officer, said the goal of the program is to remove potential obstacles to getting vaccinated “so associates can put their health first and have peace of mind.” He said that as vaccines become more widely available, this will create a safer environment for all associates, “and we believe that consumer confidence to travel again will increase significantly and help the rebound of the travel and tourism sector.” Marriott also encouraged its franchisees to offer flexibility and incentives to their associates as a vital step in the industry’s recovery. Many of Marriott’s more than 7,000 properties are franchised.