The beaches of Wildwoods, N.J., recently received some much-deserved recognition.  

Better Homes & Gardens named Wildwoods to their list ‘Top 10 Beaches You MUST Visit With Your Family.”

Editors and the travel writer of the magazine selected the top 10, which are named in random order. The magazine noted:

“From 1950s mod-style motels to boardwalk custard stands and amusement arcades, this classic Jersey Shore town packs a lot into its 5 miles. Take the kids crabbing, show them your Skeeball prowess, then dance the night away at an evening concert.”

More than nine million people visit the area each year. The beaches, which stretch for 5 miles, are free for visitors. Wildwoods also was recently named TripAdvisor’s No. 1 Destination on the Rise for 2015, as well as a number of awards from different organizations such as FamilyFun magazine and Thrillist.com.  

“We know that nowhere in the state or even in the nation can you find a better free beach or shore destination that offers so much fun, and excitement and free activities to its visitors than in the Wildwoods,” says Siciliano, executive director, Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority. “We are thrilled and honored to be recognized nationally by Better Homes & Gardens as a must-visit destination—frankly we couldn’t agree more.”

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, which Condé Nast Traveler named “best resort in Canada” in its 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards, doesn’t rest on its laurels. The property, with 32,000 square feet of meeting and event space and the capacity to host a conference for 1,500, has news of upgrades and new amenities to share with meeting planners.  

 

How are we doing? Pretty good. That was the bottom-line assessment that was shared with the nearly 600 tourism and professionals who attended Visit Seattle’s Annual Outlook Meeting at the Westin Seattle on March 31.

Some highlights from the 2021 study showed:

 

A big part of what imbues a destination with a sense of place and makes it memorable are its small locally owned businesses.  A new partnership between Visit Seattle and Seattle Bank is designed to support these businesses and bring tourism revenue to Seattle’s emerging neighborhoods. The inaugural grant program will invest in 20 local businesses, focusing on establishments owned by women, people of color and LGBTQ+ community members in the easily accessible Central District and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods.