Destination: New Jersey Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Holly Woolard
March 26, 2013
The term “niche” often refers to a specialized market. Even the largest global companies strategically target niche markets for maximum return on investment, so it’s not surprising that states and cities promote key attributes, both natural and manmade, to enhance tourism and their meetings and events industry. Delaware and New Jersey, the second- and fifth-smallest states in the nation, respectively, have developed niches in technology and entertainment, as well as through their renowned beaches and historic mansions and hotels. Their meeting spaces and convention centers also cater to niche markets, accommodating anything from small executive retreats to internationally celebrated sporting events.
By Nikki Gloudeman
July 26, 2012
Yes, there’s terrific gaming in Atlantic City and yes, the Boardwalk is an attraction-filled compendium of fun. But no, that’s not all the city has to offer—and limiting your meeting to these tried-and-true elements is limiting, indeed.
By Heather Larson
March 30, 2012
New Jersey and Delaware aren’t often associated with one another. New Jersey is probably best known for its casinos in Atlantic City and the beach scene on the Jersey Shore, while Delaware showcases the early history of the U.S. But these states share geographical ties including coasts bordering the Atlantic Ocean, and both offer meeting venues of all types and sizes and convenient access from New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia—not to mention a tax structure that makes meeting there affordable.
By Julie Keller
December 29, 2010
Easy access for attendees is an important quality for a meeting, and New Jersey and Delaware have it in spades.
By Julie Keller
September 01, 2010
Go East, meeting planners! Northeast, that is. From the metropolitan hubs of New York City and Philadelphia to the casino-filled shores of Atlantic City, meeting locales for all event sizes and budgets can be found. With hotel and convention center renovations and a spate of new openings in The Big Apple and The City of Brotherly Love, it’s never been simpler to plan an urban outing. Meanwhile, the easy accessibility and expansive square footage available in Atlantic City help planners hit the jackpot when it comes to an affordable event.
Learn about New Jersey for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
When it comes to meetings, most planners don’t necessarily put New Jersey at the top of their lists of places to go. In fact, much of the knowledge that non-New Jerseyites have about the Garden State comes from television and films. Thanks to The Sopranos, the new HBO hit Boardwalk Empire and the Jersey Shore reality show on MTV, New Jersey sometimes gets a bad rap as a haven for mobsters, criminals, and guidos and guidettes with big hair. But the state is a treasure trove of historic sites, beautiful countryside, metropolitan cities and seaside sanctuaries found along 127 miles of beaches.
The area features an endless array of premium venues, as well as a variety of upscale shopping malls, boutiques and outlets—and there is no tax on clothing and shoes. Additionally, New Jersey is home to nearly 100,000 hotel rooms. So if you have been thinking about ignoring the state as a potential site for your next event, take another look, or as Tony Soprano would say in his New Joisee accent, “It ain’t bad, capish?”