Visitors’ bureau to be featured at state gathering

WALLA WALLA — The Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau’s efforts to market the Kitsap Peninsula as a tourist destination will be featured at an upcoming state forum on unique tourism strategies in tough times.

Patty Graf-Hoke, the bureau’s executive director since 2009, will share her group’s strategies at a meeting of the state Office of the Lieutenant Governor’s Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations on June 26 in Walla Walla.

Graf-Hoke said the bureau has focused on casting the peninsula as a tourist destination rather than a place to go through to get to the Olympic Mountains or the ocean.

“It’s a positioning thing,” Graf-Hoke said. The bureau’s theme is “The Natural Side of Puget Sound.”

— Rachel Pritchett

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