Hannemann to lead hotel association

Mufi Hannemann
Mufi Hannemann

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former mayor Mufi Hannemann is now the president of the Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association.

The official announcement was made Friday afternoon.

"I have an opportunity now to work with the lodging industry, a very important part of what we do from an aloha spirit hospitality point of view," Hannemann said. "I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and go to work to make sure that the visitor industry is always no ka oi."

As president of the HHLA, Hannemann will promote the interests of 170 hotels, condominiums, timeshares and other lodging entities representing more than 48,000 guest rooms.

The HHLA was the first business group to endorse Hannemann's campaign for governor.

The former head of association, Murray Towill, retired this summer after 18 years.

Hannemann will take over as president on Jan. 1.

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