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MEDIA ADVISORY – Whelan-Burzichelli To Hold Joint Hearing On Tourism Tomorrow

ATLANTIC CITY – As part of the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Senator Jim Whelan and Assemblyman John Burzichelli, the Chairmen of the Senate Wagering and Tourism Committee and the Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee, will hold a joint public hearing tomorrow in Atlantic City on the State of tourism in the Garden State.

“The tourism conference is a great opportunity for us to highlight all that New Jersey has to offer visitors from beaches, attractions along the Delaware Water Gap, to gaming in Atlantic City or horse racing tracks in the Meadowlands and Monmouth County,” said Senator Whelan, D-Atlantic. “Government officials and regulators must be responsive to the needs and concerns of the multi-billion dollar tourism industry, and promote the Garden State as a travel destination to the rest of the nation. Tourism is a major economic engine in New Jersey, and we need to keep the industry strong.”

“We must seize every opportunity to learn how to better market New Jersey as a premier travel destination,” said Assemblyman Burzichelli, D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem. “Despite its small size, New Jersey has something of interest for nearly every traveler. We need to make sure tourists from all over know they can craft an affordable, family-friendly vacation right here in the Garden State.”

The joint Committees will hear testimony from invited speakers on issues affecting tourism in the State (the list of invited speakers is attached). The hearing will take place at the Trump Marina Casino hotel, in the Cayman Ballroom B and is scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM.

WHO: Senator Jim Whelan, Assemblyman John Burzichelli, members of the Senate Wagering and Tourism Committee and Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee, invited speakers.

WHAT: Hearing on issues affecting tourism in New Jersey.

WHEN: Friday, April 11, 2009 at 10:30 AM

WHERE: Cayman Ballroom B, Trump Marina Casino hotel, 600 Huron Avenue & Brigantine Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ 08401