"The Harbor History Museum has the potential to be a major meeting space for Gig harbor," said Shauna Lunde, director of sales and marketing for the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau [TRCVB]. "For meeting planners the reopened space expands the options for hosting events and planning cultural activities surrounding the meeting."
After being closed to the public for two years, the Harbor History Museum reopened in September of 2010. The facility's new, 15,000-square feet of flexible space, able to accommodate meetings and events of up to 250 people, resides downtown, along the waterfront. New exhibitions and hands-on experiences at the museum are available during meetings or as pre-or post-convention activities. Meeting delegates may participate in guided tours where museum docents provide an in-depth examination of the museum and exhibitions, which depict when Native Americans lived along the shores, through immigration, to Gig Harbor's present importance as a commercial waterfront.
Several meeting venues populate Gig Harbor:
=>Best Western Wesley Inn can host important business conferences and intimate group retreats alike. Four unique spaces are available, including the largest, capable of holding 250 people.
=>The Inn at Gig Harbor conference center, a venue offering 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, appeals to business and social functions with The Heritage Restaurant onsite and available, full service catering.
=>The Tides Tavern, a restaurant with a deck stretching over the harbor, not only serves fresh clam chowder, but also has three meeting spaces, each of which can seat up to 60 people.
=>Morso Wine Bar is an intimate venue at the head of the bay in Gig Harbor. Known for pairing food + wine with waterfront ambiance, this venue is a treasured setting with options for catering and access to internet.
Overnight accommodations in Gig Harbor are plentiful, as well, with additional hotels, such as the The Maritime Inn.
"The Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau is among the more than 100 CVBs whose information is available on empowerMINT.com, where meeting planners may conduct research and request proposals through a robust search tool and online RFP system," said Christine "Shimo" Shimasaki, managing director of empowerMINT.com.