Jersey Shore CVB Hosts First Annual Tourism Expo

Jersey Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau and Hotels Unlimited will host a  Tourism Expo on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at Ramada Toms River from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  Free Admission, prizes and food. Come see all the Jersey Shore has to offer with a live WPLJ Broadcast, local vendors, a preview of 2011′s spring and summer events and networking.

The CVB will also be unveiling the new Jersey Shore icon and hosting a press conference to announce the summer long contest that will accompany the use of the icon. It will be a very fun event and I will be representing Comfort Inn  Middletown-Red Bank joining our partners in tourism.

Directions to Ramada Toms River can be found here. There are some exhibition spaces still available, if you are interested contact Dana Lancellotti at 732-905-2626.


When It Rains Events, It Pours

This is the week during the month where everything seems to be going on. There’s a week like it every month for me.  I was kind of lost driving back from Long Branch (nothing new) today and I ended up right by Branches. I should have just stayed there because I’m going to be there almost everyday this week.  I was all over the place yesterday, starting my day at the MODC Culture & Tourism Committee meeting and ending it at Madison Square Garden for the Rangers game.

I was up and at ’em early this morning to get the Jersey Shore CVB website committee meeting and this evening is Kick Cancer Overboard Super Huge Networking event at…. you guessed it, Branches Caterers. The Comfort Inn Middletown will be there as a sponsor and proud supporter of Kick Cancer Overboard.  The last event was very well attended and I’m so looking forward to tonight. The theme is Oktoberfest and there will be a cash bar with German beer and wine tasting. The business expo will go from approximately 5:30pm to 7:00pm and then dinner, entertainment and a presentation  from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

Wednesday the Comfort Inn Middletown will be hosting the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Retreat in our meeting  room.  I’ll be here to greet everyone upon arrival, not so much happy about the early rise. I think the “Perkolator” is getting it’s revenge.

Thursday October 20th brings the premiere event of the year for the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The Jersey Shore Big Wave awards will be from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Branches. Tickets are $50 and you can RSVP via email. Honorees include the Honorable Brendan T. Byrne, Ben Waldron, Executive Director of Monmouth Ocean Development Council, Cecil Lear Jersey Shore surfing legend, Jersey Shore Premium Outlets and Phyllis Oppenheimer, longtime Tourism Representative at NJ Division of Travel and Tourism.

Then we land on Friday, October 22 and the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County will be having a young professionals Oktoberfest fundraiser at Branches from 7:00pm to 10:30pm. Tickets are $75 and included unlimited German beer, wine and food. To RSVP, email Meg Boushie.

Clean Ocean Action Fall Beach Sweeps are Saturday, October 23rd. There are over 21 locations in Monmouth County alone.   I missed the Beach Sweeps in April but I will be there for this one.  Click here for the list of locations.

If you’re at any of these events, be sure to say hello!

Jersey Shore CVB to Offer $100 Membership through April 30th

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Jersey Shore CVB, A Tourism Related Non-Profit Offers $100 Membership Through April 30th

If you have been considering becoming a member of the Jersey Shore CVB but haven’t made your commitment yet, now is the time.  The Jersey Shore CVB will be offering a $100 membership now until the end of April and beginning on May 1st the cost will increase to $200.  The membership numbers have tripled in the last 5 months and the CVB  has many great events coming up.

RADD, Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving has become a marketing partner with the Jersey Shore CVB.  RADD promotes road safety and making responsible choices about your lifestyle, a message that the CVB firmly believes in. They have campaigns for designated drivers and Hit the Road TXT L8R.  The two will be working on bringing events and awareness to the Jersey Shore area.

The Special Events committee is hard at work arranging Jersey Shore CVB networking events for each month.  Look for more info on things to come including:  May –  a seminar on how to hire and utilize interns, June – backstage cocktails and networking at Count Basie Theatre; CVB Day on June 12 at Six Flags Great Adventure, July – dynamic social media presentation and networking boat ride aboard SeaStreak.

The Jersey Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau will be releasing their new & vastly improved website in May.  The Trade Show Committee will be very active at all of the upcoming Travel Shows.

Last evenings general membership meeting was a huge success. Cliff Moore of I’m Impressed Inc. spoke on The Brand of Me and packaging  and marketing and inspired the group. Following his presentation the attendees were broken down geographically to discuss packaging their businesses. Individuals were encourage to intermingle with other groups as well. A lot of great discussion and hopefully a lot of great ideas.

The  next Jersey Shore CVB general membership meeting will be on September 13, 2010. The Jersey Shore CVB is also on Facebook  at be sure to visit and “like” them.  Consider becoming a member if you aren’t already, it’s a great investment for a small amount of money. If you would like to attend an event as a guest of the Comfort Inn Middletown, contact me and I’d be happy to bring you along.

Jersey Shore CVB Fundraiser – A Night of Comedy and Networking

Just a quick reminder to come support the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau at their first fund-raising event co-sponsored by the Long Branch Chamber. The event will be held tomorrow night, April 8th 2010 at Branches in West Long Branch and starts at 6pm.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The headliner of the show is Mike Marino ” New Jersey’s Bad Boy”.  For details read my earlier post here. The Jersey Shore CVB is just starting to get its feet firmly planted on the ground and needs our support to promote tourism in the Jersey Shore region of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Membership is inexpensive and the value far outweighs the cost.  For more information, contact Robert Hilton, Executive Director.

Jersey Shore CVB First Fundraising Event

Jersey Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces First Fundraising Event Co-Sponsored by the Greater Long Branch Chamber Scheduled on April 8th, 2010.

Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce to present Mike Marino, NJ’s Bad Boy, at a “Night of Comedy & Networking” on April 8, 2010 to benefit The Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at Branches in West Long Branch. The Jersey Shore CVB has increased its efforts this year to elevate the tourism presence for the Jersey Shore.  With the hiring of the highly energetic Robert Hilton as Executive Director and the establishment of committees, tourism related businesses are interacting and working together to promote the Jersey Shore. Membership is inexpensive and the value far exceeds the cost.  Mr. Hilton is currently the only person on the payroll as the organization struggles to get its financial footing. Not only your membership but your volunteering of time would be greatly appreciated. I represent the Comfort Inn Middletown on the Website and Special Events Committees.  This has enabled me to make great contacts and partner up with attractions and businesses to create a great guest experience. I see nothing but great things coming from the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau and I encourage you to join and participate actively as tourism impacts all of the businesses in our area. The night of Comedy will give Jersey Shore businesses an opportunity to network and have fun while raising money for our Destination Marketing Organization.  The Jersey Shore Convention & Visitors the NEW this spring or early summer, keep and eye out.

The evening of comedy and networking begins with appetizers from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and open bar all evening. Tickets, $25 in advance and $35 at the door, can be purchased by calling 732-222-0400. According to Robert Hilton, JSC&VB Executive Director, funds raised during the evening will be used to promote tourism and travel to the Jersey Shore.

“Tourism is a leading economic stimulator for any troubled economy,” says Hilton. “Statewide, each visitor generates approximately $548 in expenditures and $.72 of each dollar stays within New Jersey. Every 160 visitors to the Jersey Shore creates one new job opening.  Tourism is essential for our economic viability at the Jersey Shore, and the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is here to make a difference for our local businesses and municipal governments.”

“We are thrilled to be presenting comedian, actor and NJ native Mike Marino,” says Ron Kapowitz of the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce.  A member of the New Jersey Comedy Hall of Fame, Marino is a top headliner at both the world-famous Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store, both in Hollywood. His comedic style has landed him guest appearances on The Tonight Show as a regular sketch player, The Martin Short Show, Comics Unleashed, The Boomer Show, Wild Pitch, Hand Held Comedy Radio and the Rascals Comedy Hour. He has also headlined several USO Comedy Tours to entertain our troops overseas. Marino is the face and voice of the National Comedy Fest, which takes place at venues in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Red Bank, and at Monmouth University.

The Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is the fastest growing destination marketing organization in New Jersey and promotes the Jersey Shore region of Monmouth and Ocean counties as a destination for individuals and families, businesses and organizations, and meeting and travel planners for both domestic and international markets. The JSC&VB is the official provider of information on the people, places and events that make the Jersey Shore a prime travel destination. The JSC&VB is funded currently in part by a grant from New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. For more information on the Night of Comedy and Networking contact the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce at 732-222-0400.

If you wish to know more about the events the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau are offering or are interested in a marketing partnership please visit or call Executive Director Robert Hilton at 732-337-7061.Visit the Jersey Shore Monmouth and Ocean Counties NJ

New Jersey Shore Tourism Meeting

Visit the Jersey Shore Monmouth and Ocean Counties NJI represented the Comfort Inn Middletown at the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau meeting this morning held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lakewood.  It was a gathering of various tourism related businesses from Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Those in attendance share a common desire to create a viable tourism market at the Jersey Shore all year-round. Attractions, hotels, restaurants, non-profit organizations, tourism related businesses intermingled with networking opportunities before and after the event.

Newly instated Executive Director, Bob Hilton lead the forum. He discussed the value in membership of the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, be it as a member or a sponsor.  The Jersey Shore CVB is an example of the phrase “there is strength in numbers”.  The CVB is partly funded by a New Jersey State grant. The cost of membership is only $100.  The value is easily 10 times that amount.  There are trade show and advertising opportunities (just to name a few) that the CVB will represent you that simply are not feasible for a single entity to take on.  Other types of businesses would find it more beneficial to become a sponsor.  There are two levels of sponsorship available depending on your needs.

Barbara Steele, Ocean County Tourism asked Steve Steiner from the Surflight Theatre to tell the group how he has successfully been able to engage the local community to build business not only for the theatre but also the local restaurants.  These efforts have not increased the number of groups to the theatre accommodates annually but it also creates a great guest experience. Steve solicited the local restaurants for a set price menu of their choosing for his group sales department to sell to groups.  The group can then pick a menu by restaurant  and it is all arranged through the theatre.  A group is considered 15 or more people and packages are available for both lunch and dinner.

Jeanne De Young from Monmouth County Tourism spoke about all the great things to come in Monmouth County.  The Visit Monmouth 2010 Travel Guide produced by Spark marketing has been released and she will be bringing them to all the travel & tourism shows she will be attending this spring.  You can access the Visit Monmouth County 2010 Travel Guide on-line here.

The floor was then open and there was a lively question and answer session.  Many people were able to share ideas and connect at this event.  If you are interested in becoming a member call 732-303-5984 or email