Gloucester, Salem Counties Top 2 in Tourism Sales Growth

4-rainyday-winetrailsNew Jersey saw its biggest ever year in tourism sales in 2014 and two South Jersey counties ranked right at the top in terms of percentage of growth in the state, the governor’s office announced Thursday.

Speaking at the annual New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said tourism-related demand generated a record-breaking $42.1 billion for the state in 2014, a 3.8-percent increase over 2013. Visitation in New Jersey also went up 4.4-percent to 93.2 million in 2014. Twenty of the state’s 21 counties saw tourism sales increase in 2014.

In terms of percent change of tourism sales compared to 2014, Gloucester County had the highest increase of 15.5-percent. Sales went from $354 million in 2013 to $409 million in 2014. Salem County was not far behind in second at 11.3-percent.

Tourism industry sales includes the amount spent on lodging, food, retail, recreation and transportation.

Guadagno said they made it a point to diversify the promotion of tourism in the state beyond the well-known beaches and attractions of the Jersey Shore…

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Reposted:  NJ.com, March 15, 2015

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