By B.J. Reyes
The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s second rejection of a contract with the NFL to bring the Pro Bowl back to Hawaii ruffled more than a few feathers — including those of Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona and Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
Now state lawmakers want to know what happened.
The House Committee on Tourism, Culture and International Affairs has asked the HTA to come in for an informational briefing.
“The purpose of the briefing is to ask questions on the HTA’s efforts to secure the Pro Bowl back to Hawaii, as well as other marketing and industry related initiatives,” the committee said in a news release.
The news release goes on to state:
The loss of the Pro Bowl to Florida is significant to Hawaii’s tourism marketing efforts, given the media exposure and worldwide attention provided through this major sporting event.
The Chair of the Committee on Tourism, Culture & International Affairs, Rep. Joey Manahan, is asking for the latest update on the HTA’s negotiations with the National Football League on the Pro Bowl location for future years. In addition, Rep. Manahan will discuss what legislative initiatives may be needed to help the effort.
On a broader level, the legislature is reviewing a bill to repeal the statute establishing the HTA and has asked for follow up information on the recent audit of the authority.
The informational briefing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m., Monday at the state Capitol, conference room 312.