The head of the Hawaii Tourism Authority has left.
The Bureau of the Authority decided on Thursday to cancel George Szigeti, the president and CEO of the agency, for no reason at all.
He will continue working until October 31 and then receive six months to pay in a lump sum.
The denunciation comes amid growing scrutiny over the authority's spending – and Szigeti's leadership.
"We decided we needed to go in a new direction," said HTA Chairman Rick Fried Hawaii News now. "I want to make it clear that George has done a lot of good work, and he has been asked by HTA to replace Mike McCarthy, add more autonomy and more openness."
Szigeti's fall comes after a rough legislative session for the agency and as part of a critical government review that criticized spending by HTA executives. In December, the state ethics committee imposed a fine on several agency executives, including Szigeti, for failing to report free travel upgrades.
Szigeti was fined $ 1,750 to receive politeness improvements for Business Class on Japan Airlines.
HTA also fought to bring an MMA battle card to Hawaii – something that has been widely criticized.
This story is being updated.
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