HONOLULU -- The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau here laid off
11 employees from its central office to streamline its operations
as it assume the narrower focus in 2004 of promoting leisure travel
to the Islands from North America.
The staff trims came after the Hawaii Tourism Authority several
months ago passed over the HVCB to grant international marketing
contracts to non-Hawaiian firms, forcing the HVCB to eliminate 18
positions from international divisions.
The HVCB, which continues to sell corporate meetings and
conventions globally, will reorganize its administrative staff and
close the Global Corporate Communications and Partnerships division
by Jan. 16.
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