REI will be welcomed to Silverdale at VCB annual meeting | Kitsap Week

SILVERDALE — The Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau’s annual meeting and awards luncheon is May 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., hosted by the Best Western Plus-Silverdale Beach Hotel.

The theme of the meeting is “Destination Kitsap Peninsula; Capitalizing on our Natural Attractions.” Award recipients will be announced at the meeting.

The Visitor and Convention Bureau, in partnership with Kitsap County, Sound West Group, and the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce plan to use the event to welcome REI to the Kitsap Peninsula.

Guests will hear a presentation from the featured speaker, Kevin Golic, REI’s retail director for Washington and Alaska. Golic will talk about the economic and environmental benefits of outdoor recreation and share details about REI’s new store, scheduled to open in Silverdale in fall. The event will include comments by Kitsap county commissioners Josh Brown, Rob Gelder and Charlotte Garrido, and other community and business leaders.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view exhibits and talk with representatives about a wide range of public and private sector tourism-related construction and development projects. Local chambers, downtown merchant associations and other groups will have information about upcoming events, attractions and visitor services.

The buffet luncheon and hand-crafted desserts will be provided by local chefs and caterers. The cost is $15.

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