NJTIA KICKS OFF TOURISM SEASON & KEEPS UP THE FIGHT FOR THE COAST

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Pictured is Sharon Franz (microphone), Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, Congressman Frank Pallone, and Senator Robert Menendez. (L to R)

TRENTON – The New Jersey Tourism Industry Association (NJTIA) kicked off the tourism season at a press conference that highlighted the importance of the travel and tourism industries in New Jersey. The association, along with U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, reiterated its opposition to leases for offshore oil exploration, a policy being pushed through Washington, D.C.

Tourism numbers are expected to be on the upswing in 2015, according to estimates based on economic indicators and gasoline prices. Already 41.9 million people across the nation are expected to be travelling at least 50 miles from home over the Independence Day weekend, up 0.7 percent from last year according to estimates from AAA.

Tourism demand grew 3.8 percent and visitation expanded 4.4 percent in 2014, according to the N.J. Division of Travel and Tourism.

NJTIA President Sharon Franz said, “New Jersey’s tourism industry generates $38 billion a year and directly supports 312,000 jobs. People travel far and wide to visit New Jersey tourist attractions, many of those attractions rely on our state’s pristine beaches.”

NJTIA leaders held a press conference recently with Menendez, Pallone, and Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty to voice opposition to the offshore drilling proposal.

“The last thing that the tourism industry in New Jersey needs is the threat of a manmade disaster from an oil spill,” said Franz, Director of Sales & Marketing at Steel Pier in Atlantic City. “In New Jersey, the consequences of an oil spill would be catastrophic. Our tourism industry, an industry that is so vital to the economy of this state, must continue to thrive and grow, and an oil spill would destroy the progress the industry has made since the setback of Superstorm Sandy.”

 

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Cape May County Chamber of Commerce Supports Increase Shore Protection Funding

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NJ—The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce hosted a press conference to highlight the need for increased shore protection dollars in New Jersey with a beach project as the backdrop at 13th Street in Avalon.

According to Vicki Clark, President of the Chamber, “New Jersey’s beaches are the top visitor destination for our $40 billion tourism industry and tourism is the economic driver in Cape May County.  Beach replenishment projects are necessary to protect life, property, natural resources and local economies of shore communities”.

Margot Walsh, Executive Director of the Jersey Shore Partnership spoke, encouraging concerned citizens to sign an online petition in support of this funding increase.  “Protecting and replenishing our beaches is an urgent matter for the entire state, not just our four coastal counties”.

Avalon Mayor Marty Pagliughi cited the need to increase funding due to the increased number of beach projects needed along the coast, especially since Superstorm Sandy, and the return on investment through the state’s tourism industry. “New Jersey’s tourism industry supports nearly 500,000 jobs.”

Cape May County Freeholder-Vice Director and Sea Isle City Mayor Len Desiderio thanked Senator Van Drew, Assemblyman Andrzejczak, and Assembly Fiocchi who have sponsored S2775 and A4215 in the legislature that would increase the state’s current funding of $25 million to $50 million and address issues that also exist along the Delaware and Raritan Bays and interior New Jersey rivers.

For additional information, visit www.capemaycountychamber.com or www.jerseyshorepartnership.com.

Marketing Outlook Forum: Prepare for What’s Ahead

from the U.S. Travel Association
With so many questions facing the outlook for our industry, U.S. Travel’s Marketing Outlook Forum (MOF) in Little Rock, Ark., October 26-28 is a worthwhile investment to arm yourself with the latest data and marketing insights to improve your business. Working with this year’s planning committee, U.S. Travel’s Dr. Suzanne Cook, Senior Vice President of Research and the event General Manager, has assembled an outstanding program. Starting with an up-to-the-minute economic forecast, this year’s program includes outlooks for major travel industry sectors, newly released consumer research, and an in-depth look at the state of U.S. business, meetings and incentive-related travel, including highlights from a study conducted by Oxford Economics. Register today.

 

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