Keep Holiday Spending Down with Tax Free Shopping and Quality Lodging at New Jersey Destinations That Bring the Dream of a 'Shopcation' to Life



    TRENTON, N.J., Oct. 28 /CNW/ -- If worries about the economic climate are
threatening to alter your holiday plans, think about booking a great getaway
where the dollar will go a little further this year.
    Whether plans include getting together with extended family, exploring a
festive new area or hitting the pre-holiday sales on a "shopcation," traveling
has always been one of the most popular ways to spend a holiday, according to
the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism (www.visitnj.org).
    Savvy visitors determined to stretch their dollar in search of memorable
holiday gifts and souvenirs will find both reasonable lodging and tax-free
shopping on clothing in New Jersey, which boasts an array of shopping options
-- from outlets to boutiques and world-class malls to craft studios with
one-of-a-kind pieces of art.  And, with New Jersey's convenient public
transportation network, out-of-town visitors will have no trouble navigating
their way around the state in search of the perfect treasure.
    Home to five outlet malls, including The Walk, a recently expanded
100-store retail outlet mall in Atlantic City and the new 120-store Jersey
Shore Premium Outlets in Tinton Falls, there are numerous shop-and-stay
packages available.  The range of incentives include discounts on deluxe hotel
rooms, gift cards, complimentary meals, VIP coupon books, and even gift bags
with bottled water and energy bars to help keep you on the move.
    Visitors to New York City and Philadelphia who are taken aback by the
high-priced hotels and restaurants will find attractive options right across
the river, where New Jersey offers lower room rates, great views and easy
access into either city.  A stay in Jersey City or Weehawken provides
unparalleled views of the New York City skyline, and offers visitors the added
benefits of world-class dining, easy access to international landmarks such as
the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and boundless arts and entertainment
venues.
    When lodging in Cherry Hill or Mt. Laurel, New Jersey offers easy access
to historic Philadelphia landmarks including the Liberty Bell and Independence
Hall.  Visitors will find spacious accommodations that provide a welcome
respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.  For a truly unique
experience, travelers can bunk on the USS New Jersey -- the nation's most
decorated battleship -- in the lively Camden Waterfront.
    Smart travelers this holiday season are discovering that one thing's for
sure:  the idea of a "shopcation" is within reach in New Jersey. Lodging
information, as well as complete listings of events, attractions and shopping
destinations can be found at the state's tourism website: www.visitnj.org




For further information:

For further information: Sarah Rohlfing, Brushfire, Inc.,
+1-973-871-1748, srohlfing@brushfireinc.com; or Jennifer Stringfellow, New
Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, +1-609-292-7138 Web Site:
http://www.visitnj.org

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