Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Wildwoods Convention Center 2014 Events Calendar Warming Up


It may be cold outside, but the Wildwoods Convention Center is heating up with a jam-packed calendar of events all winter long.

An average of 5,000 participants and spectators attend each Convention Center event during the colder months in the Wildwoods, keeping the shore town “in business” all year long. From youth sports such as the Futsal Regional Championships and Cheer Tech to the Spring Bridal Fair, the Convention Center has something for everyone.

“We work hard to bring great events to the Convention Center that attract all audiences,” said the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) Executive Director & CFO, John Siciliano. “The economic impact to the business on our island is substantial during the winter months bringing added visitors and revenue,” he added.

Mark your calendars and head out to some of the Wildwoods Convention Center’s hot events throughout February and March:

February 15-17:  U.S. Futsal Northeast Regional Championships

March 2:  Cheer Tech National Rec & School Championships
March 8-9:  Cheer Tech National Cheerleading & Dance Championships

March 15:  Saint Patrick's Day Celebration & Parade
March 23:  Spring Bridal Fair
March 29-30:  Special Olympics NJ Spring Sports Festival Basketball Finals
March 29-30:  Ocean Drive Marathon and Health & Fitness Expo

For additional information about the events listed here and 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’ Morey’s Piers was named in 2014 among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living. In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by BudgetTravel.com; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by NJ.com readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by NerdWallet.com; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also 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 were 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 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site, www.WildwoodsNJ.com.

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