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Travel Industry to Present Awards to Legislators at Annual Conference in Atlantic City

Assemblyman Matthew Milam and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle will both be honored with the New Jersey Travel Industry Association’s (NJTIA) “Friend of Tourism Award” at a special reception tonight during the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

Milam serves as the Chair of the Assembly’s Tourism and the Arts Committee, and Vainieri Huttle also sits on the committee, which has recently been holding special hearings on the road to hear the cultural, arts and entertainment concerns and priorities of residents, first hand.

The NJTIA each year selects legislators who have helped championed tourism – New Jersey’s second largest industry – to receive this prestigious award.

“This is truly an honor because of what it represents,” said Milam (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). “Tourism in New Jersey is ultimately about promoting our rich history and cultural. So, by extension, this award is about New Jersey pride, and my pride in our state is unending.”

“From Bergen County to Cape May, and everywhere in between, New Jersey offers a truly unique experience with broad appeal to everyone,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “Tourism is our second largest industry and I’m proud to help support all that our state has to offer, whether it’s our beaches and boardwalks, our mountains and lakes, our rich history and cultural sites or theater and the arts.”

The legislators will receive their awards at a special reception at Trump Marina in Atlantic City tonight.