Tourism Charlottetown Inc. laid off four staff Friday morning, confirms the group's president.

Doug Newson said the layoffs occurred because the organization is moving away from the business of planning special events.

The organization continues to have discussions with the funding partners and the hotel association on the future of TCI, its focus and mandate, said Newson.

P.E.I. Tourism Department officials said they were notified Thursday the organization was issuing layoffs.