MALAU — It’s no secret that vacationers leave resorts and resorts don’t get the same love from resort operators.
For some, leaving Maui is not the worst decision they’ll ever make.
And for others, the choice is not as clear cut as it seems.
As one visitor from Hawaii put it, “I think if we left the place, it wouldn’t be as bad as people think.”
For one visitor, that meant she left the resorts in a hurry because she couldn’t see her parents in Hawaii.
“I don’t want to stay in a place that has no kids,” she said.
Another person from New Zealand said she was concerned about the negative impact the resort industry might have on the island’s tourism industry.
There is, in fact, no doubt that the tourism industry has a significant impact on Maui’s economy.
The resort industry has been the lifeblood of the island for years.
The resort industry generates about $50 million in tourism revenues every year, according to the Maui Resort Association.
Tourism accounts for about 30 percent of Maui County’s overall economic output, but it is a significant part of the economic fabric of the county.
Maui is home to more than 2 million people, making it the fourth-largest island in the Pacific Ocean, according the U.S. Census Bureau.
But even as tourism is growing, so is the economy.
Visitors are spending more money, staying longer, spending more at Maui resorts and spending more on vacation.
A recent report by the Economic Research Institute of the U,S.
Bureau of Economic Analysis found that tourists spent more than $3 billion in Hawaii in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available.
Travelers spent more on Mauis hotels and dining out than any other island in 2017.
Despite the booming economy, many of the resorts are struggling financially.
In the past two years, hotel occupancy has fallen for the first time in two decades.
And the number of rooms on the resort floor has dropped by nearly a third in the past three years.
The tourism industry is in dire straits, said Steve J. Smith, executive director of the Mauina Island Tourism Association.
But he’s not concerned.
He said he’s confident the tourism sector will bounce back, thanks to an aggressive effort by the resort owners to grow the industry and attract new visitors.
Smith, who was recently elected chairman of the Hawaii Tourism Association, said he hopes the tourism community will continue to support the resort operators who have taken a big risk to make Maui the most popular vacation destination in the world.
I hope they succeed, said Smith, who has been working with resort operators to develop a plan to revitalize Maui.
While he’s optimistic, he also wants to make sure the industry is prepared to help the tourism workers who are the backbone of the economy and who make Mauie one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country.