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New Jersey Tourism Conference Shows Growth in All Directions
Important data, connections for the new year and insight to positive growth were shared during the two day industry event, hosted by NJTIA this past December.
By: Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
The enthusiastic crowds included emerging leaders, professionals, community advocates, and business management working in the dining, lodging, attractions, government, economic development, arts, history, and technology. The schedule offer two days of the latest information including keynote speakers, focus sessions, Certified Tourism Industry Professional programming, networking and surprise appearances. The Tourism Conference Committee was co chaired by Judy Ross, Destination Montclair, Alex Heiman Tempest, and included NJTIA President Lori Pepenella, Southern Ocean Chamber ,Megan Black Greater Newark CVB, Heather Colache Meet AC, Jennifer Costa Greater Elizabeth Chamber, Ben Rose Greater Wildwoods and Michael Snyder Spark Creative and Visit South Jersey,.
The two day schedule was filed with dynamic sessions with keynotes that included Neil Frauenglass of Visit Philadelphia, Adam Sacks of Tourism Economics, Jeffrey Vassar of New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism and updates on the Certified Tourism Professional program in partnership with Stockton University. The Celebration of NJ Tourism lunch takes was highlighted by the NJTIA Excellence in Tourism awards at recognized 2022 winners New Jersey Wildwoods Hunterdon County Economic Development & Tourism, Elizabeth DMO, and Algonquin Arts Theatre. The evening networking reception was sponsored by the Garden State Wine Growers Association at the Starlight Ballroom offering best of NJ Wines, drinks, hor d'oeuvres and entertainment.
The New Jersey Tourism Association (NJTIA) is a 501 c 6 non-profit trade organization. Its members include every aspect of the multi billion State tourism industry. Thank you to all of the sponsors, State of NJ Division of Travel and Tourism, NJ CRDA, Garden State Wine Growers, NJPBS, Meet AC, NJ Historic Trust/Journey Through Jersey, Forge Apollo, ArtPride NJ, Greater Wildwoods, Hudson County Cultural Affairs Tourism Development, Miles Partnership, NJ Advance Media, Lloyd D Levenson Institute, Tempest, Zartico, Aloysius Butler & Clark, CarVertise, Effectv, Greater Newark CVB, Simpleview, Spark Creative Group, Visit South Jersey, Elizabeth DMO, AAA World, AirBNB, Bandwango, County Of Passaic Dept Cultural & Historic Affairs, CTM Media, Group, Dana Communications, Journera, Lou Hammond Group, Meadowlands Live CVB, Monmouth County Tourism, NJ Chamber of Commerce, Orange 142, RootRez, Seaside Heights, Southern Ocean Chamber, Wander, Adara, Epsilon, Ocean County Business Development & Tourism, Orsted Suasion Communications Group, Edible Jersey, Mid Atlantic Events Magazine. For more info visit their website https://www.njtia.org/