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Waterfront Alliance to Conduct Tourism Review

Gig Harbor, WA
- The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance has announced a Tourism Assessment Study to be conducted in June and July.

Nan Devlin of Avid Traveler Consultants in Seattle will be completing the review. She is working with the Alliance and Karen Scott of the City Marketing Department to gather information about existing promotions, hotel and venue capacity, community events, and home locations of visitors.

She will conduct telephone and in person interviews with representatives of the Alliance, the Chamber, restaurants, hotels, festivals, retailers, cultural and boating resources and others. Devlin will compare the Gig Harbor situation to regional and national trends and present a report of her findings and recommendations.

Alliance Executive Director, Mary DesMarais, indicated “visitors are extremely important to the economic health of the downtown waterfront. Surveys of customers show about 27% of customers come from areas outside the greater Gig Harbor trade area in the summer compared to just 9% in the winter. These tourism visitors are very important to the economy”.

The Downtown Waterfront Alliance is a non-profit Main Street program whose mission is to promote economic vitality consistent with maintaining the historic character of the community.


The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to bringing together community and waterfront district stakeholders, encouraging economic vitality and preserving our historic character. The office is located at 3311 Harborview Drive, Suite 101. For information about the Alliance contact Mary DesMarais, Executive Director, at (253) 514-0071.

Mary DesMarais
Executive Director
Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance