Legislative audit gives KVB clean bill of health

An audit mandated by the Legislature offers a positive appraisal of the operations of the Kaua’i Visitors Bureau.

While the audit questions the spending of the Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau, and another major contractor given tourism marketing funds by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, the local bureau is seen as one that “appears to monitor expenditures fairly well and generally complies with policies and procedures.”

The audit shows that the KVB executive director Sue Kanoho is paid through private funds and oversees at budget of about $2.5 million. She also oversees a staff of four state-funded employees.

Kanoho is leading a Kaua’i delegation that is joining Gov. Linda Lingle on a tourism promotional tour of Japan with stops in Tokyo and Osaka.

Mayor Bryan Baptiste is scheduled to take part in the promotion along with mayors from other counties in Hawai’i.

Funding for the visit of the mayors and their spouses to Japan is included in the annual budget of the tourism promotion bureaus.

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