Hawaii tourism

Hawaii Tourism Authority hires chef John De Fries amid budget cuts and tourism slump

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has hired its first Native Hawaiian president and CEO. Tourism industry veteran John De Fries is expected to start on Wednesday. Under the terms of his contract, he will be paid roughly the same rate as his predecessor, Chris Tatum, who left the agency on August 31 to “spend more time […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority Confirms New President and CEO – Travel Weekly

John De Fries has accepted the offer to become the new President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The HTA board unanimously agreed at a board meeting late last month to make an offer to De Fries, who will take up his new role on September 16. HTA received more than 300 applications for […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority hires John De Fries, the first Hawaiian to lead the agency

The Hawaii Tourism Authority hired its first Native Hawaiian president and CEO. Tourism industry veteran John De Fries is set to start on September 16. Under the terms of his contract, his base salary is $270,000 with an automatic 5% increase for each full year of the contract. He replaces Chris Tatum, who left his […]

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John De Fries Named President and CEO of Hawaii Tourism Authority

John De Fries has been named the new president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), effective September 16. De Fries – who is the first native Hawaiian named president and CEO of HTA and was chosen from more than 300 applicants – will replace Chris Tatum, who retired after a 40-year career in […]

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More bad news for Hawaii tourism

The coastline of Honolulu, Hawaii. Getty Just before Labor Day weekend kicked off last Thursday, 25 mind-blowing hospitality businesses in Hawaii filed notices of mass dismissal and furlough to the state, informing them of their intention to lay off hundreds of workers in the next 30 days. According to local media, the move signals a […]