Sussex County Chamber Awarded Destination Marketing Grant to Promote Tourism in 2012-2013
- Monday, November 26, 2012
The Sussex County Chamber of Commerce was awarded a Destination Marketing Organization Grant in the amount of $102,000 by the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism to expand tourism marketing opportunities in Sussex County.
“Tourism is New Jersey’s third largest private sector employer and generates $35.5 billion in economic activity and 310,000 jobs,” Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, who oversees the Division of Travel and Tourism, said. “These grants will leverage additional economic activity and, most importantly, create jobs.”
Each grant application is reviewed by what is described as an independent panel with granting, marketing, and tourism experience. Applicants must demonstrate quality work, a clear demonstration of how their project will contribute to New Jersey’s tourism industry, and how their project fits within the Division of Travel and Tourism’s priorities.
“DMOs play a valuable role in promoting tourism and generating economic activity,” state Travel & Tourism Director Grace Hanlon said. “Over the years, these grants have successfully helped tourism organizations promote New Jersey as a vacation destination.”
The Sussex County Chamber of Commerce is the official Destination Marketing Organization for Sussex County. Tammie Horsfield, Chamber President, and Tammy Crimando, Chamber Marketing and Communication Manager, work with local attractions, entertainment venues, restaurants, retail outlets, and hotels to promote the area's unique historical, cultural, recreational and artistic attractions and attract visitors to the region.What do visitors mean to Sussex County? A recent Economic Impact study of tourism is Sussex County noted:
• Revenue collected from tourism in Sussex County is sufficient to support 2,054 New Jersey public school students
• Visitors support 1 in every 12 jobs in Sussex County
• If Sussex tourism did not exist, each of the area’s 54,800 households would have to pay an additional $537 per year to maintain current tax levels
• 73 cents of each dollar spent in Sussex County, ‘stays’ in Sussex County
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