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NJTIA Celebrated the Future of Tourism at Advocacy Day Event
The New Jersey Tourism Industry Association shared big news and bigger numbers as statewide leaders gathered in Trenton for National Travel & Tourism Week
By: Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce/NJTIA
The breakfast began with introductions from Advocacy Day Chair, Joann DelVescio, Executive Director of New Jersey Campground Owners Association serving as NJTIA Board Treasurer. Welcoming remarks were made by President of NJTIA Lori Pepenella, CEO of Southern Ocean County Chamber. On behalf of the Board she announced that the NJ Destination Marketing Organizations, which represent regional marketing efforts across the state has been voted in to become the DMO Marketing Division of NJTIA. Pepenella stated " By expanding NJTIA's advocacy efforts to this new division it only strengthens the endeavors of tourism from across the state to work blending strategies and solidify our industry." She also discussed the forward movement of the partnership with the Lloyd D. Levinson Institute at the Stockton School of Business and NJTIA as the rollout continues for the Certified Tourism Industry Professional - CTIP program. Legislative updates were given by Matt Halpin, Partner at Public Strategies Impact with achieved increased funding for state tourism marketing and ongoing assistance for employers in the hospitality sector. with a State Division of Travel and Tourism Update from Jasaun Boon, NJ Department of State Chief of Staff announced tremendous gains in tourism recovery in 2021. Adam Sacks of Tourism Economics shared data on how NJ visitor spending recovered nearly half of its pandemic losses at $37.3 Billion. The state welcomed 92.3 million visitors this past year, tourism employment supported 1 in 12 jobs with visitors generating $4.6 Billion in state and local taxes, the equivalent to $1400 in tax savings for every NJ household.
NJTIA recognized long time board member and past president Vicki Clark who will be retiring from her position as President of Cape May County Chamber of Commerce this June. The organization used the day to officially announce the NJ Conference on Tourism will be taking place this Dec 1 and 2 at Resorts Atlantic City. Special thanks to Advoacy Day sponsors Visit South Jersey, Tempest IM, Dana, Garden State Wine Growers, Elizabeth DMO, Hudson County Tourism, Somerset County Tourism, Fuseideas, Lou Hammond Group, Wildwoods, and Southern Ocean Chamber. For more information on the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association go to www.njtia.org.