SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Somerset County Tourism has announced the winners of the 7th Annual Salute to Tourism Awards Program, which honors individuals and organizations throughout Somerset County, NJ.

This event will take place at the Bridgewater Marriott Jan. 24 from noon to 2 p.m.

Tourism is a critical component of the Somerset County economy. According to the results of the NJ Economic Impact Report from Tourism Economics, in the year 2018, Somerset County had more than 3 million visitors. These visits accounted for more than $1.235 billion in spending and comprise over 20,500 jobs in county borders.

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“We’re kicking off 2020 by recognizing the top organizations who have set the bar high not only for the tourism industry, but for the business community in general,” Director of Tourism Jacqueline Morales said. “This year’s winners exemplify what it means to make vibrant connections in Somerset County – a sentiment we hold in high regards in our community. We look forward to celebrating their success at the event in January.”

The 2020 Salute to Tourism Award winners include:

Outstanding Event: Somerset County 4-H Fair: An event that exemplifies tourism industry best practices, supports the spirit of Visit Somerset County brand, and demonstrates overall success in a positive environment

Service Excellence: Landmark Hospitality: A Somerset County tourism professional who has demonstrated outstanding service. This person has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a customer's experience more enjoyable and represents the ideal of friendly and helpful service

Tourism Champion: New Jersey Audubon Society: An individual or organization that has promoted Somerset County's attributes and resources to help establish the destination brand and draw more visitors

Economic Champion: Briad Group: An individual or organization that has made a significant impact on the Somerset County economy

Salute to Tourism will also feature speaker Terry Gallagher, President, New York, Lou Hammond Group. Mr. Gallagher, a leader and innovator in destination marketing, has positioned some of the country’s biggest destinations, turning them into brand names. They include Sonoma County as a premier wine and vacation region, Providence, Rhode Island as a culinary and cultural destination, and Florida’s Paradise Coast as the ultimate beach escape.

Duke Farms has also maintained their commitment to the Tourism industry by staying on as the Charter Sponsor for this event. Duke Farms is a leader in environmental stewardship and inspires visitors to become stewards of the land. It is a place of education, enjoyment, and research that enhances the environmental health of the region.

Early bird registration price is $75 per person if purchased by Jan. 7, and $90 thereafter. For more information on Salute to Tourism and to register, please visit: http://bit.ly/Salute2020 or call 908.218.4300.

About Somerset County Tourism
Somerset County Tourism, a 501(c)3 organization, is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Somerset County, N.J. and a Division of the Somerset County Business Partnership. Its mission is to advance the local economy by sustainably promoting the area's outstanding travel products and experiences, and to offer a variety of useful services to residents, business travelers and leisure visitors. Somerset County Tourism is an active member of New Jersey Destination Marketing Organizations and the New Jersey Tourism industry Association. For more information visit www.visitsomersetnj.org or call 908-218-4300, ext. 28.