HVCB President and CEO John Monahan steps down: Official statement

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) President and CEO, John Monahan, has announced his decision to step down from his position. In an official statement released by the organization, Monahan expressed his gratitude for the opportunities and experiences he had during his tenure and outlined the reasons behind his departure.

Monahan, who has served as the President and CEO of HVCB for the past five years, played a pivotal role in promoting Hawaii as a premier destination for tourists and convention attendees. Under his leadership, HVCB successfully implemented numerous marketing strategies and initiatives that significantly boosted Hawaii’s tourism industry.

In his official statement, Monahan acknowledged the challenges faced by the tourism sector, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. He stated, “The past year has been one of the most difficult periods for the tourism industry globally, including here in Hawaii. Despite these challenges, I am proud of the resilience and determination displayed by our team at HVCB.”

Monahan also expressed his confidence in the future of Hawaii’s tourism industry, highlighting the recent positive trends in travel and the gradual recovery from the pandemic. He mentioned, “As we navigate the recovery phase, I believe that Hawaii will emerge even stronger and more resilient than before, and I have no doubt that HVCB will continue to play a vital role in supporting our industry.”

The official statement did not delve into the specifics of Monahan’s departure, leaving many curious about the reasons behind his decision. However, it emphasized that Monahan’s departure was amicable and that he would continue to support HVCB during the transition period.

Monahan’s departure marks the end of an era for HVCB. During his tenure, he successfully led the organization in achieving record-breaking visitor numbers and fostering partnerships with various industry stakeholders. His commitment to sustainable tourism practices and community engagement will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on Hawaii’s tourism industry.

As HVCB begins the search for a new President and CEO, it is clear that Monahan’s successor will have big shoes to fill. The organization will undoubtedly look for a leader who can build upon the successes of the past and navigate the challenges of the future.

In the meantime, the HVCB board has expressed their gratitude to Monahan for his exceptional leadership and dedication to Hawaii’s tourism industry. They also thanked him for his commitment to promoting Hawaii’s unique culture and heritage.

Monahan’s departure from HVCB marks the beginning of a new chapter for both the organization and himself. As he prepares to embark on new endeavors, he leaves behind a legacy of innovation, resilience, and passion for the tourism industry. The HVCB board and the people of Hawaii will undoubtedly remember his contributions and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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