“Now That’s New Jersey”: Our New State Tourism Slogan


What do you think about that?  I’m not sure how I feel about “Now That’s New Jersey” being the new state slogan to promote tourism.  I feel like it can be made negative way too easily and New Jersey gets enough undeserved criticism.  Tourism is a critical component of the state’s annual revenue generators and employment sector. Tourism affects everyone, like it or not.

Want to learn more about what the leaders of New Jersey have planned for 2011 and beyond?  New Jersey’s newly appointed Director of Tourism, Grace Hanlon, will be on hand Friday April 15, 2011 to speak at the Monmouth Ocean Development Council’s April General Membership Luncheon.  She will share the results of the industry’s survey on the trends and impact of the tourism market in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and detail the state’s plan for a new marketing campaign for 2011.

Tourism is a driving force in New Jersey’s economy that directly, or indirectly, affects nearly all businesses. If you were unable to attend the Governor’s Conference on Tourism a few weeks ago in Atlantic City, this luncheon is an excellent opportunity to find out what you missed. There is a Q&A session planned and Grace brings a lot of energy and promise to this new position for her.

The luncheon will take place at The Breakers in Spring Lake from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Co-sponsored by the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Long Beach Island Destination marketing Organization and presented by MODC’s Culture and Tourism Committee of which I am a member.  The cost of the luncheon is $39.00 for members and $54.00 for non-members.  For more information on this event and to register, click here.

Up & Coming Events to Find Comfort Inn Middletown


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Seasonal Outdoor Heated Pool

The next week or so is going to be very busy with events around the community and many of those I will be representing the Comfort Inn Middletown.  It’s wonderful that spring is in the air and we’re shaking off the winter doldrums.  I’d love to connect with you at any of the events mentioned so please come say hello.

The Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau will be holding a general membership meeting this evening, April 21, 2010, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Doolan’s in Spring Lake. The focus of the meeting will be packaging Jersey Shore locations to appeal to tourists. I found out last night that Cliff Moore, “The Brand Of Me” will be presenting  at the meeting as well.  Two great reasons to not only attend but also to join the JSCVB if you are not already a member.

Tomorrow night, April 22, 2010 will be a busy night of juggling events. The Monmouth Ocean Development Council will be hosting a “Meet & Greet the MODC Board of Directors” at the MODC offices in Wall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  The fee for the event is $20.00 and you can make your reservations by emailing the MODC here.  Following the MODC event, I’m heading over to Lakewood to catch an early season Lakewood BlueClaws game.  As a baseball fan, I relish every opportunity to be able to catch a game live.

Clean Ocean Action will be holding their 25th Annual Beach Sweeps on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00am to 12:30pm. There are 69 locations throughout the Jersey Shore area that you can participate.  All you have to do is show up at the designated meeting spot for the location you choose. You can find more information on Clean Ocean Action’s Website here.  I’m looking forward to it and the weather is supposed to be lovely.

On Tuesday, April 27th, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm Two River Community Bank, 1250 Route 35 South, Middletown, invites area business people to a free networking, wine and cheese included. Call for details at (732) 706 9009.

The Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce is also celebrating a 25th anniversary. Wednesday, April 28 come out to Branches Catering in West Long Branch for Super Expo from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Entrance is free with business card  to connect with local area businesses.  The Comfort Inn Middletown-Red Bank is a first time proud sponsor of this event.  There will also be great prizes and giveaways.

It’s a busy busy time and if we don’t catch up at one of these events, please call me at (732) 671 3400, email, comment here, Facebook or Tweet us. I’d love to meet you and if you would like a tour of the hotel or just have a cup of coffee contact me.