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Governor Phil Murphy to Join New Jersey Tourism Industry Association For May 9 Breakfast and 2018 Tourism Industry Awards Presentation

Published Thursday, April 25, 2019

The New Jersey Tourism Industry Association welcomes special guest Governor Phil Murphy to its event in celebration of National Tourism Week. The breakfast will take place on Thursday, May 9, 8:30 - 10:30 am, at the Masonic Temple (100 Barrack Street, Trenton).

The event will include the announcement of results from the 2018 Tourism Economic Impact Study, which is produced by the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism. The winners of the 2018 New Jersey Tourism Industry Association Awards will also be announced. Additional speakers expected to attend include Secretary of State Tahesha Way and Jeff Vassar, Executive Director of the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism.

The breakfast is a kick-off event to a day of advocacy and education by members of New Jersey Tourism Industry Association. This popular event, in its second year, is fast becoming a state tradition for gathering tourism leadership and stakeholders. The program will also include a tourism issues briefing by Joseph Simonetta, New Jersey Tourism Industry Association's Executive Director. Later in the day, many of the tourism professionals in attendance will be meeting with legislators in the State House to discuss the importance of the industry.

According to the 2017 New Jersey Tourism Economic Impact Study produced by the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, more than 100 million visitors spent $42.9 billion in 2017. The same study noted that the tourism industry directly supports 328,650 jobs, putting one out of every 14.5 workers in the state within the sector. The corresponding figures for 2018 are expected to be released at the May 9th event.  

National Travel and Tourism Week occurs each first full week of May. It was first celebrated in May 1983 when President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation urging all citizens to observe the week.

All guests must be registered to attend this networking opportunity. The cost is $30 for New Jersey Tourism Industry Association members, and $40 for non-members. The ticket includes breakfast and the program.

Please go to for more information or to register please visit Sponsorships are also available, please contact Laura Slomka at

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