Why is the New Jersey Tourism Industry Important?
On March 9 and 10, the 2017 New Jersey Conference on Tourism will arrive in Atlantic City. This annual conference celebrates the efforts and accomplishments of New Jersey’s tourism industry. Leaders of the tourism industry gather to share ideas and discuss new trends and challenges the industry may face in coming years. But why is tourism so important to the Garden State?
At last year’s New Jersey Conference on Tourism, we learned the New Jersey tourism industry earned over $43 billion dollars in 2015, a 3.3 percent increase from the previous year. In 2015, 95 million people visited one of New Jersey’s many attractions, meaning tourism is alive and well.
Adam Sacks, president of Tourism Economics, said the tourism industry is helping taxpayers in a huge way. Sacks said, “Without the tourism industry, New Jersey households would each pay $1,500 more to maintain the current level of state and local government services.” By working together to improve New Jersey’s tourism industry, we will ultimately save money and spread the word about all the state has to offer.
Not only is tourism a great revenue source for the state, but it is also an important employment provider. The industry accounts for roughly 9.9 percent of New Jersey’s overall employment, equaling more than 318,000 jobs. Without this industry, the state’s unemployment rate would be predictably higher.
New Jersey offers a wide-variety of attractions, so there is something for everyone. The Jersey Shore is one of the most well-known sources of tourism for the state. However, there are also mountains and hiking trails, camping grounds, farms, forests, and other nature-based destinations. Our state is home to dozens of wineries, brewpubs, and farm-to-table restaurants for those who enjoy local cuisine. New Jersey also has amusement parks and similar attractions, such as Six Flags Great Adventure, the Adventure Aquarium at Camden Waterfront, and Mountain Creek Water Park.
New Jersey has professional sports arenas where you can catch a game, like the Prudential Center and Met Life Stadium. If you prefer leisure, we have many places to golf, fish, bike, or relax. Additionally, there are concert arenas, historic sites and landmarks, shopping outlets, casinos, and venues that support all areas of the arts.
This diversity makes the state appealing to a large variety of people, which is one reason our state is so great! The 2017 New Jersey Conference on Tourism will celebrate these achievements and help industry leaders prepare for the future. To sign up for this great conference, please visit this page.