Boy, there's just no pleasing some people.
And by some people we are referring to ourselves. Last week, we were charged with securing accommodations for a business associate who was going to be on the island over the weekend.
Guess what? There were no accommodations - not on the south side, west side, or Central Maui. Every place was booked. Some reservations clerks even laughed when we called.
Our initial reaction was to be a little bit miffed. How dare they chuckle at our predicament? Finally, though, it dawned on us - this hyper-occupancy was proof that all the stories detailing our rebounding visitor industry are accurate.
Business - well, the visitor business - is booming again. And we're not talking about just for one week, or one weekend. No, several folks we talked to last week said January and February have been terrific. The restaurants we visited with our business associate were doing a brisk business.
A story in The Maui News two weeks ago said we had the biggest occupancy gains of any of the islands in 2010. It appears 2011 is starting out bigger - and rates are higher - than 2010.
Oh, yes, we did find a condo for our last-minute guest. But, it was no mean feat. And the complex where we found that room was nearly full.
Our early frustration gave way to relief. Then, upon reflection, relief gave way to real pleasure. The leading component of our economy is roaring. The rest of us should be catching up soon.
All in all, it was a good week. A very good week.
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