tourism

The Wildswoods Snags Ad Award

The New Jersey Tourism Industry Association awarded the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority with the 2015 New Jersey Tourism Excellence Award at this year’s New Jersey Conference on Tourism.

“The Wildwoods are richly deserving of this prestigious award,” says Sharon Franz, president, NJTIA. “The Wildwoods’ innovative campaigns continue to draw millions of visitors, which, in turn, contributes greatly to the economic prosperity of the great state.”

Pittsburgh Has Stellar Year

At VisitPITTSBURGH’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, elected officials and senior staff celebrated the many accolades and achievements the city has had over the past year.

"It's clear that Pittsburgh's time has come," says Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. "What better city to live, work and visit, and to celebrate what it is today.”

Monopoly's 80-Year Anniversary Holds True to its Roots

Atlantic City’s Boardwalk and its streets were the inspiration for the board game Monopoly back in 1935. Today, the area remains a part of the game, even as new editions are released.  

Recently, Hasbro, Inc.—the game’s manufacturer—announced they were asking the public to vote on new cities for an updated Here and Now edition. Atlantic City did not make the cut.

New Hire for Discover Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Stefan Merkl as its new senior international tourism sales manager.

Merkl, who holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Golden Gate University in California, will be in charge of promoting Philly in Asian and Middle Eastern markets, such as China and India, with the hope of increasing tourism spending and visitors to the city.

Number Six

I attended the PATT, Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism, conference in Harrisburg two weeks ago. It was a great event that brought together CVB’s, hotel professionals and media professionals at the Harrisburg Hilton. One of the takeaways from the conference was that PA has slipped from its status as one of the most-visited states in the U.S.  It’s dropped to 6 on the list. What a shame! The state has so much to offer, which I was reminded of at every turn. Wineries, state parks with fantastic hiking and biking trails, art and culture in our major cities and our small towns.

A Bit of Good News

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.

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