A round-up of this week’s relevant headlines:
1. This morning, at Cape May County’s annual tourism conference, it was revealed that 2014 was a banner year. According to the Press of Atlantic City, CMC is clocking in at $5.8 billion in tourist spending, and leading the state with a 5% growth. This is due, in no small part, to what Press writer Michael Miller calls the conference “darlings:” wineries, distilleries, and one ever-expanding brewery (ahem, that’s us!).
Our president, Ryan Krill, was one of the featured speakers.
“The folks who visit [Cape May Brewery] are from all over the region,” he said. “It’s a really authentic experience, which makes it special. We don’t have regulars. We have all-unique visitors.”
2. Speaking of sexy news, it’s National Small Business Week, and in honor of the occasion, the US Chamber of Commerce held an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill honoring lawmakers for “strong voting records on critical business issues in 2014.” US Representative Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) was one of the recipients of the so called Spirit of Enterprise Award, and in his acceptance speech, he singled us out.
“As South Jersey continues to struggle with double-digit unemployment in the aftermath of the casino closures, I remain focused on pro-growth policies that will help bring new opportunities to our region and assist those residents looking for full-time work,” he said. “A critical part of our recovery will be the growth and success of small businesses, which serve as the engine of our economy like the Cape May Brewing Company. It is imperative we put forth policies that will give small businesses the confidence to hire and entrepreneurs the desire to invest. I remain committed to working with all of South Jersey’s chapters to grow our economy and am pleased to accept the Chamber’s ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ award.”
3. Finally, ABC ran a story on the country’s eight most adorable beach towns this week, and Cape May made the list… with a special nod to our brewery tours…
Reads the write-up: “Different from the ‘Jersey Shore’ image that MTV portrays, Cape May is an adorable beach town almost as far south as Washington, DC. It has loads of Victorian B&Bs and quaint shops selling saltwater taffy, frozen custard, and antiques. The family-friendly town is very walkable and activities range from parasailing and paddleboarding to brewery or lighthouse tours.”
We’re keeping good company – Carmel-by-the-Sea, California; Kennebunkport, Maine; and Hilton Head, South Carolina also made the cut.