Conde Naste Names Maui 2010 Top Tourist Destination


Maui named tourists’ top stop — again

Island finishes first 16 times out of 20

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October 14, 2010 – By HARRY EAGAR Staff Writer
As usual, Maui was named Best Island in the World by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

And as sometimes happens, but not always, its score was the best of any tourist destination, island or not: 90.7.

Occasionally, the Maldives outscores Maui, but not in 2010. Maldives scored 86.4, good for third behind Kauai (88.8) among all islands.

Lanai scored 80.8, sixth among Best Pacific Islands.

Maui has finished first 16 times out of 20 in the magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Island in the World and has never finished lower than first among Pacific islands in the 20 years the readers have ranked islands. (The awards are in their 23rd year.)

“After a successful summer season, this is simply more wonderful news for Maui,” said Terryl Vencl, executive director of the Maui Visitors Bureau. “We are blessed with stunning natural beauty, world-class service, top-notch activities, excellent restaurants and myriad accommodation options.”

Mayor Charmaine Tavares said: “Our cherished host culture and the gracious aloha of our residents continue to make such awards possible.”

Besides Maui, Kauai and Lanai, the Big Island (83.5) and Oahu (83.3) finished in the Pacific top 10.

Other well-regarded islands were Bermuda (83.7), Kiawah, S.C., (83.0), and Mykonos and the Cyclades (78.0).

“Best City” category winners all scored well under Maui’s total: Sydney (86.1), San Francisco (84.3), Florence (84.6), Bangkok (82.9), Capetown (83.7) and Vancouver (82.4).

Maui hotels also swept the “Top Hawaii Resorts” list.

The Four Seasons at Wailea was first, and Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa was second.

Four Seasons Hualalai was third, followed by Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay; and Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele.

Maui properties ranked in the Top 20 were Fairmont Kea Lani, ninth; the Grand Wailea, 11th; Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, 15th; and Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa and Westin Maui Resort & Spa, tied for 20th along with Kauai Marriott and Beach Club.

More than 25,000 readers participated this year, and complete results will be published in the November 2010 issue, which arrives on newsstands later this month.

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