A rare look into data about the tourism industry in Cape May County will be presented Wednesday at the annual tourism conference, in the freeholder meeting room in the Crest Haven Complex in Middle Township.

The Cape May County Department of Tourism and Public Information's 2014 Tourism Conference will feature Chris Pike, director of Impact Studies with Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company.

Pike will provide details on the firm's tourism impact research, such as countywide tourism revenue, state tourism revenue, county visitors, industry workers, and the industry's tax contribution.

Diane Wieland, county director of tourism, will discuss current industry trends and the survey results.

The conference will also feature a presentation on tourism security by the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office.

The conference is free and open to the public, Refreshments will be provided.

Forum in Cape

Cape May Forum, a 501c3 tax exempt organization that "fosters the transformative power of ideas and the arts" in the resort, will hold its fifth annual spring forum "From global to local: Bringing it all back home" on May 9 and 10 at the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal.

Speakers will include authors-entrepreneurs Judy Wicks and Pam Dorr.

The program from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. May 9 will be a workshop for the county's entrepreneurs. Those starting or running a business will hear how to nurture their product and get it to the right audience.

The session from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 10 will focus on the "Big Picture," how businesses contribute to a healthy and sustainable local economy. There will also be a local food and drink, and vendors showing their products.

Business editor Kevin Post

If you go

The 2014 Cape May County Tourism Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the County Administration Building, 4 Moore Road, Crest Haven Complex, Middle Township. For information, call 609-463-6415.

'From global to local: Bringing it all back home,' the annual spring forum from Cape May Forum, will be held May 9 and 10 at the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal in Lower Township. Two-day pass is $40 and includes lunch both days. For more information, visit capemayforum.org.