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New Jersey Tourism Excellence Awards 2014

The New Jersey Travel Industry Association is comprised of thousands of businesses and community leaders that make a difference in state. The New Jersey Travel Industry Association would like to recognize the accomplishments of those who achieved true excellence in providing an exceptional experience that enhances tourism across New Jersey.


Projects, events, programs, partnerships, promotional initiatives, digital outreach, or attractions by any person, business, or organization, be it public or private, profit or non-profit who works toward the common goal of improving the New Jersey tourism product, increasing over-night stays and attracting out-of-state visitors and increasing mid-week stays, increasing tourism expenditures, and positively promoting locations within New Jersey as a destination. The nominated program must have been initiated, established, improved upon, and/or completed between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Deadline for nomination is January 30, 2015.

Winners will be honored at the
2015 New Jersey Conference on Tourism
March 12-13 at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City

NOTE: The Awards Ceremony will take place during the conference.. Winners will be notified prior to the Conference. One complimentary ticket will be given out to attend the Awards Ceremony. Registration information will be available at www.visitnj.org/new-jersey-tourism-research-and-information and www.njtia.org.

Benefits-what does it mean to win:

Award winners will receive:

  • NJ Tourism Conference logo stating "Winner of a 2014 New Jersey Tourism Excellence Award" for use on advertising collateral, brochures, and websites.
  • Inclusion in a press release created by NJ TIA announcing award winners
  • Featured link and listed on social media www.njtia.org
  • Tourism Award acknowledging 2015 recognition
  • Recognition in the NJTIA Newsletter

Entries in the following categories will be considered:

Digital Outreach:

  • Social Media and online marketing has changed the way travelers choose and purchase vacations. Has the nominee created a new website or created a social media campaign? How does it engage the visitor? Does it represent the destination or attraction and ensure that web hits result in actual visitation?


  • Partnerships are of utmost importance to the continued strength of the New Jersey tourism industry. Did a partnership include a package to attract and sell your destination? Did it leverage marketing funds or add stability to the participating parties? Does the partnership add value to the visitor’s experience in New Jersey?


  • Tourism professionals are faced with the challenge of maintaining their visibility in an extremely competitive travel climate. Has the nominee met this challenge through a unique marketing plan or initiative? Has visitation and participation increased as a result of informed marketing decisions and carefully selected media purchases? Has the marketing budget been stretched through cooperative marketing programs?

Public Relations:

  • Media exposure outside of purchased advertisements are an essential part of effective marketing plans. Has the nominee utilized a public relations campaign to maximize its public exposure?
To Apply for NJTIA New Jersey Tourism Excellence Awards:

Fill out the nomination form and include the documentation


The New Jersey Travel Industry Association, the state's largest organization representing the travel and tourism industries, will change its name effective August 1, 2014 to the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association (NJTIA).

The announcement of the name change was made Wednesday, July 23, by NJTIA President Sharon Franz and Executive Director Joseph A. Simonetta, CAE.

"The Executive Board agreed that to continue positioning New Jersey as a premier tourist destination, we needed a slight name change,” said Franz, the Sales & Marketing Director at Steel Pier in Atlantic City.

"NJTIA’s mission remains the same: advocating for public policies that encourage the growth and development of New Jersey’s travel and tourism industry," she said. “We are still the ‘Voice of the Tourism Industry’ in this state.”

"The travel and tourism industry employs over 500,000 people in New Jersey," said Simonetta. “It only makes sense to make sure we’ve branded ourselves correctly to properly represent that population.”

NJTIA was established in 1984 and is comprised of associations, businesses, industries, resorts, attractions, destination marketing organizations, transportation companies, cultural arts and historic organizations. The association fosters economic development, generates revenues, creates jobs, and is the leading voice for promoting the knowledge and understanding that travel and tourism – a sector essential to the economy, the image and the quality of life of New Jersey.

"This industry is inextricably intertwined with the health of the state,” Simonetta said. “We’ve been successful in promoting it, and this name change will only assist in our continuous efforts.”


Local and federal officials discuss tourism promotion in the region



2014 New Jersey Conference On Tourism
Atlantic City's Golden Nugget, March 2014

Officers with Greenberg - GREAT PHOTO Artist close-up At Anytime Booth NJ Division of Travel & Tourism Team Audience Good NJ Talent Network Picking prizes Coach Bob & Marilou Halvorsen Coach Hurley & the Steel Pier Gang HMSHost table Jim Atkinson & sharon Adorable joanne_prize_winner Bob Hurley, Sharon, Jim Kirkost, Dean Ellison & 3 Overview Fullerton at podium Six Flags booth Students Vanna White of NJTIA Vicki & Peter Greenberg GREAT Photo

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NJTV coverage of NJ Conference on Tourism, including the most hard hitting economic impact points by Lt. Governor Guadagno about just how important the industry is to our state's economic engine.



Special Thanks To Our Tourism Partners

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State of New Jersey

Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
HMS Host
Verizon / NJ Shares

Atlantic City Electric
Retail, Hospitality & Tourism
Six Flags Great Adventure

At Anytime
ArtPride New Jersey – Discover Jersey Arts
Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority
Star Ledger


Comcast Cable
Media Two
Morey’s Pier
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
South Jersey Transportation Authority / Atlantic City Airport
Trip Advisor

NJ Campground Owners Association