LONG BRANCH, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and tourism partners concluded the 2019 summer tourism season with a press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 15 on the boardwalk at Pier Village in Long Branch.
“We are excited to announce that we had a record-breaking summer tourism season, with more than $23.7 million in beach revenue from Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Information and Tourism. “The County has received an incredible amount of positive feedback from municipalities, businesses, residents and visitors who all enjoyed the benefits of the beautiful weather we had this summer.”
The 2019 beach revenue of $23.7 million is an 11% increase from 2018 beach revenue, which was approximately $21 million. Towns that had the largest growth in revenue include Sea Bright with a 28% increase, Manasquan with a 24% increase and Asbury Park with a 20% increase.
“The weather plays such an important role in our summer tourism season and we were fortunate that it rained only two weekends this summer, in comparison to rain on 11 summer weekends in 2018,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “The warm temperatures and sunny skies brought visitors from near and far to Monmouth County for day trips, weekend trips and family vacations.”
Another factor that contributed to the success of the summer tourism season was the cost of gasoline. In the Northeast, gas prices in summer 2019 were .22 to .55 cents cheaper than they were in 2018. According to AAA, the national gas price average during Labor Day weekend was the cheapest in three years.
“While gas prices and the weather do affect the numbers each year, they cannot take all of the credit for all of the success,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “It is important to acknowledge the hard work and the successful marketing campaigns put forth by our municipalities and tourism partners, which are a true driving force behind the record-breaking revenues.”
For more information about Monmouth County happenings, go to tourism.visitmonmouth.com and follow Monmouth County Tourism on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Photo caption: The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders were joined by State, County and local officials and tourism partners to recap the 2019 summer tourism season at a press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 15 on the boardwalk at Pier Village in Long Branch.
Left to right: Freeholder Gerry P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D.; Dr. Anita Voogt, Long Branch Councilwoman; Teresa Staub, Executive Director of Monmouth Arts; Sheriff Shaun Golden; Freeholder Susan M. Kiley; Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone; Long Branch Mayor John Pallone; Freeholder Lillian G. Burry; Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso; Tiffaney Warman, Wave Resort Director of Sales and Marketing and Julian Payne, Wave Resort General Manager.
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