BY JADE HAMMOND
The effects of Superstorm Sandy dampened the spirits of New Jersey residents far and wide. Many businesses have denoted that tourism decreased this past year due to the storms exorbitant damages. Shockingly, New Jersey actually set a record high in tourism revenue this past year, with a 1.3 percent increase, said pressofatlanticity.com.
In the state's annual tourism conference Thursday held at the Golden Nugget Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno revealed the latest report, admitting that even she was in utter disbelief upon reading the numbers, said pressofatlanticcity.com.
Guadagno said that tourism in 2013 collected $40.4 billion in economic activity, out doing 2012 by almost half a billion dollars, said myask.com. Total visitation to New Jersey also experienced an increase by nearly 6 percent to 87.2 million visitors.