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Hawaii Tourism Authority Board Chair resigns

Hawaii Tourism Authority Board Chair resigns

First published on eTurboNews:

HONOLULU, Hawaii – On the heels of the latest in a long series of “scathing” state audits of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), HTA Board Chair Rick Fried, a prominent Honolulu attorney, submitted his resignation after Governor David Ige withdrew Fried’s nomination to continue as board chairman of HTA. HTA is the state agency responsible for Hawaii’s tourism marketing. Fried became chair in 2015.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Fried’s “exit is another shakeup for HTA, which took a $13 million legislative budget cut Tuesday,” and over the last several months has dealt with the resignations of its second and third top executives. “At least” 11 HTA staff members in key positions, have left since 2015. This is considered “a high turnover rate” because HTA only has 20 full-time employees and 10 contract workers.

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