STAND. COM. REP. NO.989-02

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: H.C.R. No. 72

 

 

 

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Tourism and Culture, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 72 entitled:

"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION URGING THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY TO DEVELOP AN OVERALL STRATEGY, POLICY, AND PLAN TO AWARD TOURISM PRODUCT ENRICHMENT AND DIVERSIFICATION GRANTS,"

begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this concurrent resolution is to urge the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) to develop an overall strategy, policy, and plan that will strengthen the administration of the tourism product enrichment and diversification grant program.

The HTA, Maui Economic Development Board, Inc., and the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board supported this measure.

Your Committee recognizes that tourism product enrichment and diversification grants awarded by the HTA are intended to promote tourism related programs, events, activities, and attractions. Your Committee notes that while the grant program has been successful in some areas, it has also had some difficulties, especially in distributing the payment of awards to grant winners on a timely basis. The development of an overall strategy with respect to tourism product enrichment and diversification grants will promote equitable and expeditious distribution of these grants to deserving island organizations statewide.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Tourism and Culture that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 72 and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Finance.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Tourism and Culture,

 

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JERRY CHANG, Chair