Innovative Tourism Website, Featuring the Hood Canal Region and South Sound, which Incorporates Up-to-Date Technology, Has Been Officially Launched

Belfair, WA, July 13, 2007 --( A new tourism website is open for business at Funded by lodging tax revenue, the website showcases the Hood Canal and South Puget Sound Region. The site's user-friendly navigation and interactive menu is complemented by its editorial content, captivating photography, mapping capabilities and panoramic views of the area’s beauty. Visitors will find lodging & dining information, discover things to see and do, and can view an extensive event calendar. Visitors will also have the ability to post and read on topics in the blog and much more. The website takes advantage of web 2.0 technology including Social Networking, Google Maps, and Blogging.

Those with special interests, such as kayaking, biking, hiking, or golfing are encouraged to post to the blog for that category. There are currently over 80 posts to the blogs and more are happening everyday. This is a chance to share personal knowledge or ask a question of the community. The chambers are also asking visitors to post their tourism photos or share their opinions on the blog. Please go to, click on any topic, and enjoy the blog.

Businesses and organizations are encouraged to add their own listings for publication on the site. All listed tourism related businesses and organizations are invited to add a description and photograph to their listing. There is no charge to be listed. The Chambers are also requesting businesses and organizations to add a link to the website. The more links a website has, the higher up the search rankings the website generally appears.

In addition to the website, 125,000 copies of a new full-color tourism brochure are now being distributed on the Washington State Ferries and throughout western Washington. The brochure invites visitors to come and explore Hood Canal, South Puget Sound and the Olympics and features photos, editorial, points of interest and a county-wide map.

Both projects were co-managed by Frank Kenny of the North Mason Chamber of Commerce and Dick Taylor of the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce. The two executive directors worked with the Joint Chamber Tourism Advisory Council, a committee of volunteers from around Mason County who provided advisory oversight to determine the direction and focus of the website and brochure. The project was also strongly supported by Mason County, the City of Shelton and the Squaxin Island Tribe.

Hood Canal Creative, a Mason County team of professional writers, designers and photographers, provided all content for the website and produced the 12" x 18" brochure. Hood Canal Creative is comprised of Mark & Linda Woytowich of Woytowich Ad Design in Hoodsport and Rebecca Graham of Impact Writing & Design and Pam Merrill of Outlook Writing & Design in Belfair. "Our team thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work together on a creative project benefiting Mason County," said Merrill.

The website and the brochure are the first steps in a larger tourism marketing strategy with the main goal of drawing visitors and guests to visit, stay and play in Mason County. All tourism efforts are funded through a partnership of the Mason County Lodging Tax Committee, City of Shelton Lodging Tax and the Squaxin Island Tribe.

The chambers welcome your comments on these new tourism projects. Frank Kenny can be reached at the North Mason Chamber office at 360-275-4267 or by email at Contact Dick Taylor at the Shelton Chamber at 360-426-2021 or

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Frank Kenny