2005 New Jersey Travel Guide Launched

Featured Sections Include ‘Shop ‘Till You Drop,’ ‘New Jersey Golf Guide,’ and ’101 Fun Things To Do’

TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ — The New Jersey Commerce, Economic Growth & Tourism Commission today unveiled the 2005 New Jersey Travel Guide during an exciting celebration that brought to life the state’s unique, diverse and adored destinations through a live walk-through exhibit. With new featured sections including, “Shop ‘Till You Drop,” “New Jersey Golf Guide,” and an all new “101 Fun Things To Do,” the guide defines the Garden State as an ideal place for two-or three-day trips.

“Creating a product that will give both the seasoned traveler and the prospective first-time visitor a full view of all there is to do in the Garden State is a challenge, and the 2005 New Jersey Travel Guide is our triumph,” said Nancy Byrne, executive director of the New Jersey Office of Travel & Tourism. “With one quick flip through the guide, you’ll see that New Jersey offers great getaway options for every age group and every interest. From north to south, east to west the perfect vacation is just a drive away.”

The 2005 New Jersey Travel Guide, the state tourism industry’s flagship publication, contains virtually everything a visitor or resident might want to know about the Garden State, all presented in an easy to understand, yet extensive format to maximize the pleasure for prospective travelers — regardless of their prior familiarity with New Jersey. It boasts extensive listings of accommodations, restaurants, sites and attractions for business or pleasure. It also features suggested itineraries for planning easily accessible and unforgettable overnight getaways in the Garden State.

Exciting and informative special sections within the guide can help residents and visitors plan the perfect getaway. The special sections include the “New Jersey Golf Guide” which highlights some of the most scenic, challenging and highly rated courses in the nation; “Shop ‘Till You Drop” which features premier destinations for outlet and mall shopping, antiques, boutiques and more, and an all new “101 Fun Things To Do” ranging from a real-life rodeo to premier skiing to beautiful beaches promise that new experiences are awaiting every visitor.

The 2005 New Jersey Travel Guide was launched during an interactive event at the Nassau Inn in Princeton, New Jersey. Guests were invited to “travel” through out the state exploring hands-on exhibits from some of the state’s finest destinations. Among those represented were Garden State Discovery Museum, Jenkinson’s, Crystal Springs Golf & Spa Resort, Grounds for Sculpture and Liberty Science Center.

“New Jersey’s tourism industry is an economic engine, creating nearly 500,000 jobs, and contributing an annual $30 billion to state revenues — more than insurance, electricity or communications,” said Virginia S. Bauer, CEO & Secretary of the New Jersey Commerce, Economic Growth & Tourism Commission. “Last year alone, tourism-related wages and salaries exceeded $12 billion. Aggressively promoting the diversity of our great state is the only way to ensure these statistics will continually grow.”

The travel guide and other State of New Jersey travel and tourism information is available free at all New Jersey Tourist Information offices, or by calling the New Jersey Office of Travel & Tourism at 1-800-VISITNJ or via the state’s tourism Web site at http://www.visitnj.org/.

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