Salute to Tourism Awards | Visit Somerset County NJ

Salute to Tourism Awards

7th Annual
Somerset County Salute to Tourism Awards
January 24, 2020

Bridgewater Marriott
12:00pm-12:30pm – Networking & Open Bar
12:30pm-1:00pm – Awards Presentation
1:00pm-2:00pm – Featured Speaker & Luncheon

The Awards Program

This annual event is designed to recognize individuals, places, organizations and events that have made Somerset County, NJ the vibrant place it is to visit, live, work and attract talent.


Featured Speaker

We are pleased to welcome as this year’s featured speaker Terry Gallagher, President, Lou Hammond Group, New York. As a leader and innovator in destination marketing, Terry Gallagher leads the New York office of Lou Hammond Group, one of the nation’s top PR firms for the Tourism and Hospitality industries.

With more than 30 years in the travel industry, Terry has implemented strategic communications programs for top hotel, restaurant, cruise and airline brands. He has created award-winning campaigns that capture the imagination, and his journalistic perspective has resulted in extensive coverage for his clients in national print, broadcast and digital media.

2020 Salute to Tourism Sponsorship Opportunities

Please help us acknowledge individuals and businesses for their valuable contributions to tourism and economic vitality by showing your commitment to tourism in Somerset County. View our sponsorship opportunities.


Somerset County Tourism would like to express our deepest appreciation and thanks to our Charter Sponsor, Duke Farms, for their continued generosity and endorsement of the Salute to Tourism Awards Program.

Announcing the 2020 Winners

Award Categories

Economic Champion: Distinguishes a person or organization that has made a significant and direct impact on the Somerset County economy, whether through greater visitor spend, job creation, or increased tax revenues. Indirect impacts will also be considered. Winner: Briad Group

Service Excellence: Presented to a Somerset County tourism professional or organization that has demonstrated outstanding service. The nominee has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make the customer experience more enjoyable and represents the ideal of friendly and helpful service. Winner: Landmark Hospitality

Tourism Champion: Recognizes an individual or organization that has promoted Somerset County’s attributes and resources to help establish the destination brand and draw more visitors. The winner enhances community pride and promotes an understanding of the long term sustainability of our tourism industry. Winner:  New Jersey Audubon Society

Outstanding Event: Presented to an event that exemplifies tourism industry best practices, supports the spirit of the Visit Somerset County brand, and demonstrates overall success in a positive economic and community-focused environment. Winner: Somerset County 4-H Fair