Somerset County Tourism

Somerset County Tourism has announced the nominees for the 5th annual Salute to Tourism awards.


Somerset County Tourism has announced the nominees for the 5th annual Salute to Tourism awards, which will honor employees and organizations throughout Somerset County, N.J. in three categories: Economic Champion, Service Excellence and Tourism Champion. The program pays tribute to front line tourism staff and organizations that set the bar for the Somerset County Tourism industry.

The Salute to Tourism Awards event will be held on Friday, January 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Bernards Inn, 27 Mine Brook Rd in Bernardsville, N.J.; it will include the awards presentation and keynote luncheon with hospitality expert, writer, travel podcaster and consultant, Glenn Haussman. The awards selection committee comprises representatives from fellow New Jersey Destination Marketing Organizations.

The 2018 nominees are as follows:

  • Economic Champion – An individual or organization that has made a significant and direct impact on the Somerset County economy through visitor spend, job creation, or increased tax revenues.

o    Flounder Brewing Co., Hillsborough
o    Franklin Day Festival, Franklin
o    Natirar Resort Development LLC, Peapack-Gladstone

  • Service Excellence: A Somerset County tourism professional who has demonstrated outstanding customer service at a county tourism asset.

o    Jill Cerchio, Hampton Inn & Suites Bridgewater
o    Fran Frederick, Homewood Suites Bridgewater/Branchburg
o    Monica Juhasz, Somerset County Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
o    Lisa Sepulveda, Branchburg Sports Complex, Branchburg

  • Tourism Champion: An individual or organization that has promoted Somerset County’s attributes and resources to help establish the destination brand and draw more visitors.

o    Heritage Trail Association, Bridgewater
o    Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum, Bedminster
o    Jenna Intersimone, Journalist, USA Today Network
o    Somerset County 4-H Fair, Bridgewater
o    Somerset County Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
o    Somerset Patriots, Bridgewater
o    Tapastre Restaurant & Bar, Somerville
o    The Tour of Somerville, Somerville

To register for Salute to Tourism, go to Follow Visit Somerset NJ on Facebook for updates on events, activities and offers, at

About Somerset County Tourism
Somerset County Tourism, a 501(c)3 organization, is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Somerset County, N.J. a and a Division of the Somerset County Business Partnership. Its mission is to advance the local economy by sustainably promoting the area’s outstanding travel products and experiences, and to offer a variety of useful services to residents, business travelers and leisure visitors. Somerset County Tourism is an active member of New Jersey Destination Marketing Organizations and the New Jersey Tourism industry Association. For more information, go to or call 908-218-4300, ext. 28.

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