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Greater Newark Area

The Greater Newark region is a happening place for just a fraction of the price of New York City! Visit Newark, the Garden State’s largest metropolis, just 8 short miles from Manhattan, where you’ll find Big Apple-style action in smaller more intimate bites. From America’s first and oldest public park to one of the country’s largest performing arts venues, to the state’s biggest museum, to the continent’s 5th largest cathedral; pro sports, fine arts, urban retail, and outdoor adventure, it's all happening here. Shop till you drop at the largest premium outlet mall in the state.

Newark isn't just a happening place. It's also a place for higher education where many colleges and universities call Newark home. As a result, there are a ton of college students in and around town. Reinvigorate yourself with a performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Consider us your test prep, and get cracking on all that's happening.

Live. Learn. Love. Shop. Rock. Sports. Arts. Eats. Events. Adventure.

The greater Newark region offers a front-row seat and easy access to all that’s happening!

Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau


The Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau is charged with promoting and marketing the assets of the region, increasing the overall length of stay at area hotels, increase per capita spending in the tourism sector, as well as attracting new events, meetings, and conferences to the region. We drive economic growth through tourism.

The Nitty Gritty:

GNCVB is a stand-alone 501 (C) 6 corporation, and the first DMO in the state of New Jersey to become a Tourism Improvement District (TID). This designation allows the GNCVB the ability, through a city ordinance, to charge a 1.5% assessment on all overnight stays to Newark. City Hall collects the assessments from area hotels, which is turned over to the GNCVB on a quarterly basis. The resources collected provide the GNCVB with the necessary funding to market the region globally as a premier tourist destination.


Executive Committee

Gregory Good

Board Chair

Newark Municipal City Council Community Rep.

Jeff Fowlkes

Board Treasurer

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport


Angela Garretson

NJIT, Chief External Affairs Officer

Board of Directors

Councilwoman LaMonica McIver

City of Newark, Central Ward Councilwoman

Vince Baglivo

Marketing Consultant

Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), Director of Communications

Chip Hallock

Newark Regional Business Partnership

Thafer Hanini

Hanini Group / Hotel Indigo, Owner

Sherri Smith

Aviation, Manager, Airport Concessions & Strategic Customer Experience, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Richard Dunn

Paramount Assets, Director

Vijay Alimchandani

Holiday Inn - Newark Airport, Director

Tony Vaughn

Mayor's Community Representative

Crystal Fresco

The Mills at Jersey Gardens (Retail Attractions), Director


Howard Spellman

Marriott Courtyard Newark Downtown, General Manager

Kimberlee Williams

Rutgers University - Newark, Director of Communications and Marketing

Blenda Pinto

United Airlines, Director or Corporate Affairs

Katie Sword

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), VP of Marketing

Antonio Cartegena

Home2Suites, General Manager

Fayemi Shakur

Mayor's Designee / City of Newark


Michael Schumacher

Newark Museum of Art, Director of Marketing

John Magnifico

Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott, General Manager

Gwen Moten

Mayor's Office of Arts, Cultural Development and Tourism, Executive Director

Bernel Hall

Invest Newark, President & CEO

Patrick Flannery

Marriott Courtyard Newark Liberty Airport, General Manager

Joe Macedo

TRYP Wyndham, Director

Dylan Wanagiel

Prudential Center/EVP (Sports/ Ent. Attractions), Director