New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno says New Jersey set a new tourism record in 2013.
Guadagno told the 2014 New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City that the state's tourism industry generated over $40 billion. Total visitor spending tallied $40.4 billion, which was a 1.3 percent increase over 2012.
Visitation in New Jersey rose to 87.2 million in 2013, a 5.9 percent increase compared to 2012.
“Today’s numbers reaffirm the incredible resilience shown by New Jersey’s tourism industry and the commitment of our visitors, who continue to demonstrate their support by vacationing at our great tourist destinations after Sandy,” said Guadagno. “The performance of our tourism industry is integral to the overall health of our state’s economy. To achieve this record progress is so encouraging for the future as New Jersey is well-positioned to build on this success entering the important spring and summer months.”
State officials say New Jersey's travel and tourism industry directly supports 320,238 jobs.