With the finale days past and a second season looming, MTV's The Jersey Shore may no longer be at the top of tourism groups' "crises" list, if it ever was. Now that the cast has been widely exposed as not from Jersey, fear that you need to learn how to fist-pump before vacationing anywhere on the Jersey shore has subsided.
"The reality is if you look past the eight people transplanted from somewhere else, the backdrop of Seaside is portrayed nicely," said Bob Hilton, executive director of the Jersey Shore Visitors Bureau, which represents Monmouth and Ocean Counties. "I think a lot of people understand these are a bunch of people for a TV show not from New Jersey. You see more and more of that."
He added, however, that if MTV does decide to keep the show in Seaside, "One thing I want to do is get with the producers of MTV and talk about how to portray the area."
Diane Wieland, the director of tourism for Cape May County, represents a southern region far removed from the fist-pumping northern shore area. She said that she's not been worried about the influence of the show on the whole of the Jersey shore.
"We're a very southern part, so it's totally different from the beaches in the northern end. We draw families more from the Philly market," she said. "We don't have that New York appeal."
Other towns are putting out a big NIBMY sign for the partying reality TV stars.