There were 273,786 visitor arrivals to Maui during the month of August, an increase of 11.3 percent compared to last year. The data, compiled by the Hawaii Tourism Authority in its monthly visitor statistics report, was published on Sep. 26 – the same day that Mayor Michael Victorino held a press conference to endorse the recommendations of his fact-finding Tourism Group. Led … [Read more...] about Tourism Group Releases Recommendations for County, Mayor Says He Will Act Within 60 Days
1. The Pacific Whale Foundation’s annual Great Whale Count took place on Feb. 27. More than 100 volunteers counted 732 humpback whales that day off the coast of Maui–less than were counted last year. What was last year’s Great Whale Count number? A. 1,634 B. 1,488 C. 1,193 D. 987 E. 809 2. The Maui News reported on Feb. 28 that Maui Visitors Bureau (MVB) executive … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How much do you know about Maui Visitors Bureau boss Terryl Vencl’s retirement?
The plan was that it would take four years. That by 2019, the good readers of Conde Nast Traveler would once again acknowledge that Maui was the Top Island in their annual poll. That distinction had recently been lost–to Palawan, in the Philippines–and it stung local officials, both with the county and the Maui Visitors Bureau. Regaining the top spot wouldn't be easy, but it … [Read more...] about Does Maui topping Conde Nast poll mean we don’t need County’s new OHIA program?
Brain drain. She doesn’t actually say the words, but that’s what Jeanne Unemori Skog is talking about. Skog is the president and CEO of the Maui Economic Development Board, which formed in 1982 to grow a technology sector that would help create a diversified economy for Maui County. MEDB has since expanded its programs and services to forge a foundation of education, jobs and … [Read more...] about How Jeanne Skog and the Maui Economic Development Board try to bring Maui into balance
I always laugh whenever I read some right-winger use the term “communist China,” as though 1950 never ended. China is an extremely large, ancient and complex country that is, quite literally, “communist” in name only. In fact, China is so decidedly non-communist that officials with the County of Maui and the Maui Visitors Bureau are doing all they can to get them to come to … [Read more...] about County of Maui Sponsoring Workshop On Welcoming Visitors From China