Hawaii Tourism Authority Head Announces Departure

Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), is stepping down to become chief of staff for the state's newly elected governor, David Ige, McCartney announced last week.

"Since 2009, I have had the honor and privilege to serve as the president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your partnership, collaboration, and friendship over the years. All of you play an integral role in supporting Hawaii's tourism economy, one of the state's largest industries and economic drivers," McCartney said in an open letter to HTA stakeholders. "Together we have persevered through tough times and by remaining authentic and committed to preserving and promoting Hawaii's unique people, place, and culture, we have succeeded in recovering and boosting the state's tourism economy. Two years of record-breaking visitor arrivals and spending, which is on track for a third year of growth, is the result of your hard work, and I am proud and honored to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from all of you."

McCartney's last day is Nov. 21. The HTA board of directors, he said, will name an interim president and CEO on Nov. 20.


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