Financial and Compliance Audit of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

Posted on Apr 5, 2024 in Summary

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Financial Statements, Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2023

THE PRIMARY PURPOSE of the audit was to form an opinion on the fairness of the presentation of the financial statements for the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, as of and for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2023, and to comply with the requirements of Title 2, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), which established audit requirements for state and local governmental units that receive federal awards. The audit was conducted by Accuity LLP.

Financial Highlights

FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ended June 30, 2023, HTA reported total revenues of $79.6 million, along with $5 million in transfers from other state departments, and total expenses of $69.5 million. Revenues consisted of $50.5 million from federal grants, $11 million from transient accommodations tax, $16 million from charges for services, and $2.1 million from interest and other revenues.

Total expenses of $69.5 million consisted of $57.4 million for contracts, $8.5 million for depreciation, and $3.6 million for payroll, administrative, and other expenses.

As of June 30, 2023, total assets and deferred outflows of resources of $341.1 million exceeded total liabilities and deferred inflows of resources of $55.3 million, resulting in a net position of $285.8 million. Total assets and deferred outflows of resources included (1) cash of $109.6 million, (2) land and net capital assets of $180.5 million, and (3) other assets and deferred outflows of resources of $51 million.

Auditors’ Opinion
HTA RECEIVED AN UNMODIFIED OPINION that its financial statements were presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. HTA also received an unmodified opinion on its compliance with major federal programs in accordance with the Uniform Guidance.

THERE WERE NO REPORTED DEFICIENCIES in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards. There were no findings that were considered material weaknesses in internal control over compliance in accordance with the Uniform Guidance.

About the Authority

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) was established by the 1998 Legislature to serve as the State’s lead agency for strategically managing tourism. State law requires HTA to develop a tourism marketing plan that includes statewide promotional efforts and programs, targeted markets, and other marketing efforts with measures of effectiveness and documentation of HTA’s progress toward strategic plan goals. HTA is also responsible for the Hawai‘i Convention Center. The primary source of funding for HTA’s operations is the General Fund. HTA is governed by a board of directors comprised of 12 voting members, each of
whom is appointed by the Governor, and is placed within the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism for administrative purposes.

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