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Keeping Atlantic City Safe

On Thursday, June 25, James Howard performed his routine morning cleaning duties on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, when he witnessed a purse snatching.

In that moment, Howard, a General Maintenance employee, shouted at the suspect and then went to help the woman. At that time, he also radioed his crew and supervisor. With his help, two members of the crew—Eddie Cruz and Javier Figueroa—and Wilfredo Cintron, supervisor, helped in the search and arrest of the suspect, as well as recovery of the victim’s purse.

New Board of Directors President for VFTCB

The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board recently announced the appointment of Richard J. Odorisio to the president of the CVB’s Board of Directors.

Odorisio, currently the COO of the Valley Forge Hotel Management Association, is replacing Former president Michael Bowman, who is now the VFTCB president.

Hats of to Wildwoods

The beaches of Wildwoods, N.J., recently received some much-deserved recognition.  

Better Homes & Gardens named Wildwoods to their list ‘Top 10 Beaches You MUST Visit With Your Family.”

Editors and the travel writer of the magazine selected the top 10, which are named in random order. The magazine noted:

Wildwoods Named Beautiful Place

Surprising no one, the Wildwoods, N.J. has been named The Most Beautiful Place in New Jersey by Thrillist.com.

The website, which focuses on food, beverages and travel, surveyed residents and tourism boards from every state to find the most beautiful spots within each state.

Atlantic City Resort Adds Options for Planners

Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel is taking all-inclusive to a whole new level by applying it to group meetings.

The hotel—the first casino to open in Atlantic City and managed by Mohegan Gaming Advisors—is offering customized group packages that start at $199 per person, per night and inclue upgraded guest rooms, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, WiFi, three meals a day and more.

Kalahari Ready to Open July 1

After one-and-a-half years, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in the Pocono Mountains, Pa., is set to open its doors.

The grand opening will of the brand-new resort is slated for July 1. The hotel—the first Kalahari on the East Coast—features 457 rooms and suites, 65,000-square-feet of meeting space, a spa, an 18-hole, Donald Ross-designed golf course and a number of retail shops. The hotel is the largest indoor waterpark in the state of Pennsylvania.

Meet Sue Kunisky

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Sue Kunisky was recently hired as vice president of operations for the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau.

Gettysburg Tops Best Historical Spots List

TripAdvisor has placed Gettysburg, Pa., at the top of the website’s list, Historical Family Vacation Spots You can Afford.

The world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor identified nine of America’s most historically prominent destination spots and pulled their vacation rental review scores. They also calculated average prices and how that compares to hotels.

Visit Bucks County Awards $219,000

In May, Visit Bucks County revealed the recipients of the tourism office's Spring 2015 Tourism Grant program; thirty-one nonprofit tourism organizations together will receive $219,000.

The program, implemented seven years ago to help with the development and enhancement of nonprofit tourism, has distributed more than $2.3 million since its inception.

The funding will be used for website redesigns, enhancements, marketing collateral, capital improvements, tourism product development and more.

Tourism Makes Huge Impact for Philadelphia

Last week, Visit Philadelphia released their annual report that confirmed what those in Philly already knew—travel and tourism make a huge economic impact on the city.

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