HONOLULU -- The president and CEO of the Hawaii Visitors and
Convention Bureau, under fire after a state auditor charged that he
used state funds to pay personal expenses, resigned, effective
"After much careful consideration, I have decided that it is in
the best interests of our Island communities that I resign....,"
Tony Vericella said. "I believe that by stepping aside, HVCB will
be better able to move forward with the essential task of marketing
the state of Hawaii unimpeded by the issues surrounding the
legislative auditor's report."
The organization's contract with the Hawaii Tourism Authority is
up for renewal at the end of the month. The HVCB said Vericella has
reimbursed it for the funds in question.
Oahu Visitors Bureau executive director Les Enderton will serve
as interim president of the HVCB. The organization hopes to find a
replacement for Vericella within 90 days.