There was a variety of good news for our visitor industry over the last couple of days.
Conde Nast Traveler (always a friend and fan of our islands) named the new Andaz Maui at Wailea as one of five best beach hotels in the world. Commenting on why the Andaz made the Hot List 2014, the reviewer noted:
"The day began with a trip out to sea in a little outrigger canoe, where I spotted the first whales of the season, a pod of North Pacific humpbacks. Then, as they disappeared from sight, I turned and watched the sun rise over the white sand of Mokapu Beach, where a lounge chair had already been set up for me.
"This is what life is like at the Andaz Maui - the ocean is there to provide adventure when you want it (the snorkeling and surfing lessons are excellent), but the resort is also a sanctuary for total R&R."
Congratulations to everyone at the Andaz for the citation by Conde Nast.
The other snippets of good news came from the winners of golf tournaments this past weekend. Michelle Wie, the one time wunderkind of Hawaii golf, won the LPGA's Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Saturday. It was Wie's third LPGA victory and her first on U.S. soil - she had previously won in Canada and Mexico.
Wie told a national television audience how the aloha she received from her hometown fans moved her and made playing in the tournament a "blast." Anytime the dynamic Wie is on television, it is a boost for Hawaii tourism.
The other jolt came from PGA tour star Matt Kuchar. Again on national television, Kuchar said one of the great things about winning the RBC Heritage Sunday was that he and his family will get to return to Kapalua next year.
Kuchar made it clear the whole family relishes the trip that goes with participation in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
So, all in all, there was a bunch of good publicity for Hawaii and Maui.
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