An interesting article in yesterday’s (2006-08-31) Mau’i News. Their statistics don’t exactly “jive” with whats happening on the street but it is still good news. People in other service industry functions are always asking me how business is going. This isn’t for small talk, it is really networking to see if abberations in their sector are just transitory or can a trend be detected. Every sector of the visitor industry has unique peaks and valleys that do not necessarily reflect the overall trend of business. Only when all segments experience the same ups and downs can a true reflection be garnered. What we do look for is two or more sections of the economy showing identical patterns. This can then be used to predict what is coming down the road in the near future. Statistics tell us what has happened. Networking tells us what is going to happen.
Can you believe that Mau’i has seen more than 1.5 million visitors during the first 7 months of 2006? Thats one hell of a lot of people. Our resident population is only about 150,000.
This autumn might be profitable. The Canadian Dollar is the strongest it has been in decades against the American Dollar. And we have seen a definate up-tick in business from that market. Can hardly wait to see the new flock of “snow-birds” this winter will bring.
TIPS FOR “DUMB” TOURISTS
Hawai’i was the 50th state to join the United States.
“Don’t you ever get to ‘the States’?”
“When we go back to ‘the States’…”
sounds really dumb to folks who already live in “the States”.
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Other thoughts you might want to keep to yourself are:
“Gee, you speak good English.”
“Don’t you miss snow?”
“Are you a real Hawai’ian?”
“Do you accept ‘American’ money?”