The Courier Post reports: A Flood of visitors to Camden County
5:54 PM, Jul. 13, 2012
This year, hundreds of thousands of residents throughout the country will explore our park system, see a baseball game at Campbell’s Field and take in a concert at a variety of locations throughout Camden County.
This has never been truer than right now, with the Camden Riversharks drawing a packed house of 7,600 for the Atlantic League All-Star game last week, the U.S. Rowing Championships taking center stage at Cooper River Park and the more than 15,000 visitors going to Wiggins Park and the Battleship New Jersey to watch Fourth of July fireworks.
In fact, today, as documented by this newspaper, 2,100 rowers and more than 10,000 family members, friends and alumni are at the river complex fighting for national recognition. People from all over the nation have been shopping in our stores, staying in our hotels and eating in our restaurants during their stay for this premiere regatta.
Last week, owners, general managers, scouts and fans throughout the Atlantic League were doing the same thing for their biggest game of the year. This event brought visitors to Camden County from as far away as Sugarland, Texas, and scouts from all over Major League Baseball.
As tourists come to Camden County from other parts of the country and from across the river, local economies benefit as our small businesses and corporations see new revenue. The impact from tourism is also seen in revenue that goes to municipalities through a small hotel charge on each room sold. This charge benefits our towns by helping to fund local services.
Being a desired location and having assets that attract people to our community not only allows visitors to enjoy Camden County it also builds our businesses and supports our towns.
LOUIS CAPPELLI Jr.
Camden County freeholder-director