Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) Hawaii’s Hawaii Travel Agency has shut down due to a $8.3 million cost overrun and a shortage of staff.
Htia’s management told the Honolulu Star Advertiser that it’s “due to a lack of staffing and funding, and is closing.”
David Ige said on Twitter the agency will be closing on April 28.
The agency, founded in 1959, has been the destination for more than 1.2 million visitors to the islands, which are also home to several state parks.
The Hawaii Tourism Association has warned that the agency has been “overfunded by $10 million.”
Htial has a long-standing relationship with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which has operated the agency since 2012.
The authority has a $200 million backlog, according to the agency.