More people visiting New Jersey, the Garden State

Secaucus Junction
A N.J. Transit train pulls into Secaucus Junction in February 2016. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

New Jersey set a record for the number of people who visited the Garden State in 2016, officials said.

The number of visitors to New Jersey increased by 3.3 percent last year to 98 million. In addition, the tourism industry accounted for a $44.1 billion economic impact — an increase of more than 2.9 percent over the previous year, according to state numbers.

Last year marked the seventh straight year in which the number of visitors to New Jersey increased, officials said.

“Over the last seven years, as the Lt. Governor and Secretary of State, I’ve traveled hundreds of thousands of miles across this great State seeing the amazing and diverse attractions we have to offer,” Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno said in a news release. “So, it’s no surprise that the Travel and Tourism Industry had another year of increased growth across all seasons.”

In 2016, the tourism industry directly supported more than 321,231 jobs in New Jersey. Including indirect impacts, more than a half million jobs — or nearly one in 10 of all New Jersey jobs — depended on tourism.

The New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism recently released numbers from the past year. In 2016, tourism in New Jersey generated $4.9 billion in state and local tax revenues. Without the tourism industry, New Jersey households would each need to pay $1,525 in order to maintain the current level of state and local government services, state officials said.

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Sightseers’ Delight started publishing in June 2016. The site, published by The DeFeo Groupe, collects and curates content about places where historical events large and small happened. The site builds off the legacy of The Travel Trolley, which launched in June 2009. The site aimed to be a virtual version of the trolley tours offered in so many cities.

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  1. Commemorate New Jersey’s vital role in WW1 by visiting some of the 160 WW1 memorial sites across the state. Plan your summer vacation in New Jersey and take in all that it is has to offer, amazing dining, outdoors, beaches and.

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