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Hawaii Tourism Authority Faces Criticism

The Hawaii Tourism Authority suffers from “lax oversight (and) deficient internal controls,” according to a state audit, noting that the agency isn’t ensuring that taxpayer funds are spent effectively. The publicly funded state agency, operating since 1999, is responsible for creating a long-range strategic plan for tourism. Because visitors are so critical to the state’s economy, lawmakers have given HTA “great freedom in how it operates.”

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