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How Expedia got Hawaii Tourism Authority president and CEO George Szigeti fired?

How Expedia got Hawaii Tourism Authority president and CEO George Szigeti fired?

There is trouble in Paradise. Hawaii Tourism is entering unchartered territory after their boss George Szigeti was terminated by the Hawaii Tourism Authority Board on Friday.

As reported by this publication on Friday the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Board voted unanimously to fire its current President and CEO George Szigeti. The board voted last Friday to fire him without cause.

How did it come to this? 
According to eTN sources close to the Hawaii Tourism Authority here are the main reasons that caused George Szigeti to be terminated.

The authority paid Expedia $3.5 million Hawaii taxpayers money for a marketing campaign and didn’t hold Expedia to the contract terms. HTA funded development of a video/interactive program by Expedia which provided Expedia with direct bookings.

A recent audit found the Hawaii Tourism Authority to be an agency that was spending money way too freely.

Among other problems found in an audit, in an Ethics Commission Report underlined by millions of dollars spent.

Hawaii Tourism Authority is sailing into uncharted territory. At the same time, Szigetti has been fired a conversation took place in the office of Hawaii Governor Ige. What was discussed and with whom? eTurboNews will have the story shortly.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.