Which hotels in Maui are rated as the best?
By Katie O’DonnellPublished April 03, 2017 10:50AMHomes in Maua have long been a source of controversy, but the state’s reputation has only recently taken a beating after the recent mass shootings at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and the stabbing death of a woman in a hotel room in Kansas City.
But while the controversy surrounding Maui may not have been helped by a few incidents, there’s little doubt that the state is a top tourist destination in the world, according to a recent study.
The survey, conducted by Travel + Leisure and the World Travel & Tourism Association, also revealed that the island’s tourism economy is worth more than $2.5 billion annually.
And although the tourism industry has been hit hard by the shooting in Colorado, the island has had some positive news this year.
The research also found that Maui has the second-highest average annual hotel room occupancy rate of any state in the U.S. after Hawaii.
And while there is some debate over whether hotels are more or less crowded than others, overall occupancy rates were up 8 percent in Mauas hotels this year, according the study.
Maui, located in the southernmost part of the Hawaiian archipelago, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, with more than 50,000 visitors visiting annually.
In fact, Maui is ranked fourth on the list of top 50 destinations in North America.
Males and females make up 80 percent of visitors to the island.
While women make up the majority of tourists, women make more than 90 percent of hotel rooms.
Maui also has the highest percentage of visitors who live within five miles of the beach.
Tourism is an industry that’s made a comeback in recent years, with the industry in the Hawaiian Islands growing by 12 percent in the past year.
It’s also seen a rise in tourism spending due to the economic recession and the release of Disney World’s upcoming “Cars 3” attraction.
“It’s been a slow recovery period,” Maui Tourism and Tourism Development Director Bill Daley said.
“We’re still recovering from the economic crisis, but our tourism revenue is growing.
The economy has recovered, so that’s been positive.”
Maua also has a reputation as one of Hawaii’s most dangerous destinations.
The island has been in the news for several months after a series of fatal shootings at a variety of restaurants, bars, clubs and hotels.
One such incident occurred in January, when a man allegedly shot and killed a customer who was waiting for his meal at a Maui Beach Bar and Grill, according a local newspaper.
A police officer in Maualau was also shot and wounded in that incident, but it was later determined that the gunman was a disgruntled customer who had been waiting for a friend to return from a business trip.
Mauricio Lopez-Sanchez, a 30-year-old man from San Luis Obispo, California, was sentenced to life in prison in October for the shooting death of 23-year old James Taylor, a homeless man from Maua.
Lopez-Toledo is currently awaiting trial in Hawaii for a lesser charge of attempted murder.
In the meantime, tourists have been getting back to their roots in the resort town.
On April 4, 2016, a new tourist attraction opened in the area called “The Garden of Maui.”
It was expected to help tourists reconnect with the island and the natural beauty of Maua after spending time there in the early 2000s.
But some Maui residents have criticized the new attraction for its lack of security and security measures, saying it does not adequately address safety concerns.
Mariano Pizarro, a member of the local Maui City Council, called the Garden of Maumu “a disgrace.”
Pizarro said he is worried about the security measures in the Garden and wants to see it shut down for the first time.
He also said that some Mauis residents have been expressing concerns about the Garden’s potential for attracting criminals and terrorists.
Michele Leinonen, a Maua resident, told the Maui News that the Garden is not safe.
Leinen said she has been complaining about the safety measures in recent weeks, but that she was not notified that the security system in the gardens was being updated.
She said that the public was being kept in the dark about the new security measures.
A local news report noted that the new Garden is set to open this week, but said that no one from the Maua City Council is expected to attend.
Paul LePage told the Bangor Daily News in February that the “Garden of Mauae” could be a boon for tourism in the state, and that it would help to revitalize the island that has been ravaged by the recession.