.

Monmouth Tourism Revenues Up Nearly 5 Percent In 2013

Despite bad weather and damage to second homes on the shore, Monmouth tourism revenues rose higher than other counties.

Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids stayed open through September 5 to capture business.
Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids stayed open through September 5 to capture business.

Monmouth County's tourism industry generated $2.2 billion in sales in 2013 — a 4.9 percent gain — despite Superstorm Sandy devastation in popular shore towns like Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach, according to a new economic report.

The gain was the third highest percentage gain reported in New Jersey, according to Tourism Economics, which produced the report for the NJ Division of Travel & Tourism. Leading the state was Morris and Sussex counties. 

Overall, tourism spending in all of New Jersey totaled $38.4 billion, up 1.3 percent from the year before. 

In Monmouth, most of the tourism dollars were spent on food and beverage purchases ($573 million), followed by recreation ($490 million), lodging ($433 million) and retail ($417 million).

Employment directly related to tourism in 2013 amounted to $21 million, a 3.6 percent gain over 2012. 

Monmouth County tourism generated a $280.5 million bump for state and local tax rolls, or 3.8% increase from the year before. 

See the tourism report called "The Economic Impact of Tourism in New Jersey" released Thursday at this link.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »