County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
June 21, 2019

Freeholders & tourism partners
celebrate first day of summer
Freeholder Director discusses importance of Bayshore community

KEYPORT, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders celebrated the first day of summer today alongside tourism partners and elected officials in the Bayshore. Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone discussed the Bayshore community’s economic impact on Monmouth County.

“This $2.6 billion tourism industry in Monmouth County is fueled by small business owners and nearly 30,000 residents who have tourism employment,” said Freeholder Director Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Information and Tourism. “Many of those employers and employees, who are the backbone of economic development, are right here in the Bayshore region.”

Monmouth County has seen a continued increase in visitor spending each year. In 2018, visitors spent nearly $2.6 billion on lodging, food, retail, recreation, transportation and second homes.

“The Bayshore is a hidden gem here in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “From Keyport all the way to Sandy Hook, visitors have the same amenities as the shoreline communities with the opportunity for new experiences and adventures.”

According to the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism 2018 economic report, Monmouth County had an increase in visitors from 8.2 million in 2017 to 8.6 million in 2018. As a result of the increase, Monmouth County became one of the top five most visited counties in the State.

“More people are vacationing in Monmouth County because it is truly a four-season destination where visitors can enjoy the downtowns, arts and entertainment, historical sites, parks, shopping and great restaurants,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I am happy to welcome the first day of summer and hope you all have a safe, unforgettable summer here in Monmouth County.”

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