Hawaii officials of tourism fined for suspected travel upgrades

Published on : Friday, December 15, 2017

indexRecently four officials of tourism have been blamed of asking for and accepting travel upgrades for business trips and have been charged $12,000.

At the time of official business tours, state rule requires employees to travel by coach class.
George Szigeti, Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO along with three others have been charged by the state ethics commission and following an inquiry into allegations that they accepted the upgrades and were unsuccessful to divulge the gifts as required by law, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission came to a conclusion to determine the investigations without additional steps by inflicting administrativepenalties. The resolutions do not comprise permit of guilt by the employees or findings of violations by the commission. However, Szigeti accepted that he took “courtesy upgrades” to business class twice from Japan Airlines when traveling on state business.

Hawaii Tourism Authority Chief Operating Officer Randy Baldemor; Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia; Jadie Goo, director of marketing for China and David Uchiyama, former vice president of brand management for the authority were some of the other accused.


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