BRIDGEWATER, NJ - November 5, 2018 – Somerset County Tourism is accepting nominees through November 30 for its annual Salute to Tourism awards. The awards honor individuals and organizations throughout Somerset County, N.J. in four categories: Economic Champion, Service Excellence and Tourism Champion plus a new category added this year, Outstanding Event.

The Sixth Annual Salute to Tourism Awards Program will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Marriott, 700 Commons Way in Bridgewater, N.J. It will include the awards presentation, luncheon and featured speaker—economist, city planner and placemaker Steven Pedigo.

The awards selection committee comprises members of the current Somerset County Tourism Council Executive Committee, who will review all nominations to select the most compelling entries for:

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Economic Champion – An individual or organization that has made a significant and direct impact on the Somerset County economy through greater visitor spend, job creation, or increased tax revenues. Indirect impacts will also be considered.

Service Excellence: A Somerset County tourism professional who has demonstrated outstanding customer service, going above and beyond expectations to enhance a customer’s experience at a county tourism asset.

Tourism Champion: An individual or organization that has promoted Somerset County’s attributes and resources to help establish the destination brand and draw more visitors. The person enhances community pride and promotes and understanding of the long-term sustainability of the county’s tourism industry.

Outstanding Event: An event that exemplifies tourism industry best practices, supports the Visit Somerset County brand, and demonstrates overall success in a positive economic and community-focused environment.

Nominations for the Sixth Salute to Tourism Awards must be submitted online at by the November 30th deadline. The website also has full information about the awards. Registration to attend is now open.

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  or call 908-218-4300, ext. 28.