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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hawaii Tourism Authority appoints new board member

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The Hawai'i Tourism Authority said today it has appointed Patrick Fitzgerald as its newest board member. His four-year term begins today. Fitzgerald fills a vacancy that was previously held by former Big Island Mayor Stephen Yamashiro.

"Patrick Fitzgerald understands the importance of our tourism economy, as well as the many facets of the industry, including product development, workforce development and sales and marketing," said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of HTA in a statement. "With his broad tourism expertise and ties to the Hawai'i Island community, he will be a strong addition that will complement the HTA board in their efforts to optimize benefits for Hawai'i, integrating the interests of visitors, the community and the visitor industry, as outlined in HTA's Strategic Plan."

Fitzgerald brings 20 years of tourism industry experience to the HTA board. He is the chief executive officer and president of Hualalai Resort and Kona Village Resort.