HVCB trims staff and 2004 focus

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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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