• A Bit of Good News

    POSTED March 21, 2014

I attended this week’s NJ Conference on Tourism at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City. The conference was packed with interesting sessions featuring talks on attracting diverse audiences (from African American and women to the LGBT community) to safety, but the best takeaway from the conference was a burst of good news - the numbers are up! Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno happily reported that tourism accounted for $40.4 billion of the state’s economy last year. That’s up a bit from the previous year - which is especially surprising since it was the first summer after Hurricane Sandy. It just further proof that New Jersey offers so many advantages. It’s something that the headline speaker, Coach Bob Hurley, touched on during the luncheon. We have beaches, parks, cities, charming small towns and everything in between. If you want culture or adventure, there’s something in NJ for you. That’s why we plan, meet and hold events here in NJ.

Another takeaway for me from the conference was this live painting. The artist was set up right outside the Golden Nugget’s Showroom and while it looks like it just says "New Jersey," look a little closer. Splashed throughout the painting are reasons why people love the state - from favorite regions (the shore) to activities (kite flying), the live painting was a conversation starter. We covered live painting in our spring issue (read the digital edition online at nj.meetingsmags.com or subscribe). Oh, and that reminds me, what’s your favorite reason to love New Jersey?  

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 


Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.