Town halls set on Peninsula tourism

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau will conduct four town halls Tuesday and Wednesday to aid in its development of a five-year Tourism Master Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula.

The plan, to be developed in collaboration with MMGY NextFactor and its partners, is focused on creating a more predictable year-round economy. The town halls are to give business leaders and residents a chance to voice their ideas, comments and to provide feedback.

All who live or work on the Peninsula, or has a business in the area, are invited to attend the town halls and to participate in the residents’ survey at www.TinyURL.com/OPasks.

Here is the schedule:

• Port Townsend — 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Fort Worden Commons, 200 Battery Way.

• Sequim — 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Civic Center in council chambers, 152 W. Cedar St..

• Port Angeles — 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

• Forks — 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Forks council chambers at 500 E. Division St.

“As this plan takes shape, it’s critical for all voices to be heard — especially the voices of our residents,” said Marsha Massey, executive director for the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau.

“We would like to hear from everyone, so we are inviting those who reside on the Peninsula to participate in person in a town hall gathering to provide valuable input in the initial findings.”

The goal for the plan is to provide a framework for responsible tourism development and promotion, balancing the needs of local residents and businesses who rely on visitors for their livelihoods, as well as the visitors who experience our communities, Massey said.

The Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau is the destination marketing organization for the Olympic Peninsula and administers the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission, a collaborative marketing partnership of the major municipalities on the Olympic Peninsula of nine funding partners representing three counties (Clallam, Jefferson, and Mason), five cities (Clallam Bay/Sekiu, Forks, Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Sequim), and the Quinault and north coast beaches area of Grays Harbor County.

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