New Jersey Tourism Industry Association



Moving Stormwater Pollution Improvements
To the Next Level

2017 Annual Public Hearing sponsored by
The New Jersey Clean Water Council

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing Room
401 East State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08625

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has identified non-point source (NPS) pollution as the nation’s largest water quality problem, causing impairment of approximately 40% of surveyed rivers, lakes and estuaries in the Country.

The New Jersey Clean Water Council (NJCWC) plans to seek public testimony on practices and approaches to address NPS stormwater pollution in impaired waterways. The NJCWC would be very interested in hearing your recommendations for reducing non-point sources of pollution and improving impaired watersheds.

Municipal and county officials, environmental/watershed groups, agricultural community, consulting scientists and engineers.

A formal notice for the hearing with additional information will follow.

Congratulations to the 2016 NJTIA Excellence Award Winners!

2016 NJTIA Excellence Award for Partnerships winner: Elizabeth DMO

L to R: Lauren Ferrigno and Jennifer Costa representing the Elizabeth DMO and Conference Chair Sharon Franz and Board Member Joann DelVescio



2016 NJTIA Excellence Award for Advertising winner is Cape May County Department of Tourism

L to R NJTIA Board Member Lori Pepenella, Diane Wieland representing the Cape May County Department of Advertising and NJTIA Board Member Paul Gould.



2016 NJTIA Excellence Award for Digital Outreach winner is Newark Happening

L to R: Karin Aaron and Lauren Hall representing the Greater Newark CVB and Conference Chair Sharon Franz and NJTIA Board Member Jennifer Morales.



2016 NJTIA Excellence Award for Public Relations winner is Partnership for Haddonfield

L. to R: Remi Fortunato, Arlene Fiorilli and Heather Constabile representing Partnership for Haddonfield and NJTIA Board Member Adam Perle and Conference Chair Sharon Franz.



2016 NJTIA President’s Award is Delaware River Tubing

L to R: Matthew and Yuuji Crance representing Delaware River Tubing and NJTIA President Vicki Clark.



Check out pictures from the 2017 NJ Conference on Tourism!

Buganski Named Acting Executive Director of New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism

Click here to read the complete press release.

Click Here for 2017 NJ Conference on Tourism Sponsorship Brochure Package

Click Here for 2017 Tourism Excellence Awards Information

How To Contact Your Legislator Regarding The Reduction Of Tourism Funding

Contact your legislators by clicking this link and follow the instruction below.
NOTE: you can bypass these instructions or minimize the “clicks” if you already know your legislator or district and how to contact them.

Contact Your Legislator


  1. Click on the link above
  2. On the left aide bar under “MEMBERS” click on find your legislator
  3. On the right side bar click on municipality
  4. Find your municipality and click on it. This will display your legislative district
  5. Click on your District number. This will display your legislators
  6. Click on your Senator. This will display your Senator.
    On the right side you will see a field that says contact your legislator.
    Click on that and it will display all three legislators for your district
  7. Click all three boxes and click select your representative. This will display the correspondence field
  8. The first item asks you for subject. Scroll through the list to State Budget and Finance and click that
  9. Continue to fill in your personal information and message and when completed click submit

New Jersey Conference on Tourism 2015


To Register for the NJ CONFERENCE ON TOURISM go

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

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
  • 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.”

LoBiondo Gathering


Local and federal officials discuss tourism promotion in the region



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



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.

Watch NJ Tourism Revenue Up Past Pre-Sandy Levels on PBS. See more from NJTV NEWS


Special Thanks To Our Tourism Partners

nj division of travel and tourism


  • 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
  • CIEE
  • NJRA
  • Comcast Cable
  • Expedia
  • Media Two
  • Morey’s Pier
  • New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
  • Pepsico
  • South Jersey Transportation Authority / Atlantic City Airport
  • Travelhost
  • Trip Advisor
  • NJ Campground Owners Association
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