Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Wildwoods Message to Vacationers: “Think Summer & Join Us!”

The Wildwoods’ award-winning beaches & boardwalk – unscathed by 
Superstorm Sandy – are open and ready for fun this spring and summer

Billboards and Television spots for the Wildwoods this spring in the New York Metro Area markets will let vacationers know that the Wildwoods are open for business – and are planning once again an event-filled summer of fun in the sun.

The Wildwoods “Think Summer & Join Us!” Campaign is designed to bring vacationers to New Jersey and keep the Wildwoods top of mind as potential visitors make their summer plans. Messaging on billboards and in television commercials lets vacationers know that the Wildwoods’ expansive award-winning FREE beaches and exciting two-mile boardwalk – virtually unscathed by Superstorm Sandy – are “open for business”, and this summer promises to be as action-packed and fun-filled as ever.

“We are pleased to report that the Wildwoods were virtually unaffected by Superstorm Sandy – and we’re very grateful for that,” said John Siciliano, executive director of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority. “Our hearts go out to the areas that were affected, but we have to get the message out that a good portion of the Jersey Shore will be open and we hope vacationers will support New Jersey’s tourism economy. It is with gratitude that we are promoting our plans for another fantastic summer, and our attractions, businesses, free beaches and boardwalk will be fully operational to allow our wonderful visitors to enjoy a great vacation,” he added.

The television commercial starts airing March 1 in the New York Metro Area and can viewed via this link: http://signatureteam.com/staging/wildwoods/2013-02-26/.

Vacationers don’t have to wait until the summer to enjoy the Wildwoods. With many exciting spring events commencing in early March and continuing right up until Memorial Day, the vacationing season starts earlier every year in the Wildwoods. The complete events schedule can be viewed at http://wildwoodsnj.com/calendar.cfm

Below is a partial list of Wildwoods’ Spring 2013 events:*

March 3 – Cheer Tech National Recreation and School Championship
March 9-10 – Mid-Atlantic National Cheerleading Championship
March 16 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in North Wildwood
March 23-24 – Ocean Drive Marathon and Health & Fitness Expo
March 24 – Spring Bridal Fair
March 26 – Piccadilly Circus
March 28-30 – War at the Jersey Shore Youth Wrestling
March 30 – Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt
March 30 – Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt
March 31 – Morey’s Piers Easter Opening Day Celebration
March 31 – Ed’s Funcade Easter Sunday Egg Hunt
April 6-7 – Special Olympics NJ Basketball Finals
April 13 – ECC Cheer Shore Showdown
April 14 – “Beast of the East” Cheerleading Competition
April 19-21 – Spring Motorcycle Rally
April 20 – Feis at the Beach – Irish Dance Competitions
April 26-27 – Sensational Spring Concert Weekend featuring Tommy James & The Shondells, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night) and The Happenings.
May 2-5 – Tournament of Bands Indoor Championships
May 10-11 – Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Show
May 15 – Wildwood Restaurant Showcase
May 17-19 – Morey’s Piers Beach Jam Spring Fling
May 18 – Captain Kidd Pirate Day
May 18 – JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
May 24 – Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony
May 24-26 – State Gymnastics Competition
May 24-27 – 28th Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival
May 25 – River Adventure Cardboard Boat Race
May 25-26 – Boardwalk SID Craft Show
May 27 – Wildwoods’ Memorial Day Services and Ceremonies
May 29-31 – Morey’s Piers Annual Education Extravaganza
May 31 – Music in the Parks

*Please note that the information and dates above are subject to change.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.     


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions.

The Wildwoods were named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” 

The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and Home.com voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and was one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others. 

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 1-800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site, www.WildwoodsNJ.com.

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