Wildwoods Tourism Authority names Wildwood native new executive director

The Wildwoods sign in Wildwood, New Jersey

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority recently named Louis Belasco as its next executive director, effective July 1.

Belasco succeeds John Siciliano, who is retiring after 27 years of service. Under Siciliano’s leadership, the Wildwoods have grown into a top tourism and meetings destination. Siciliano oversaw the construction and 2002 opening of the Wildwoods Convention Center, which hosts numerous annual conventions, meetings, banquets, sports & youth events and concerts.

Louis Belasco of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority. – Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

“Having served GWTIDA and the Wildwoods community for the last 27 and a half years has been an extremely rewarding experience for me, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am grateful for the opportunity, and I am confident that, under Lou’s leadership, the Wildwoods will continue to thrive and achieve continued success,” Siciliano said.

“I am looking forward to serving in this new role and working alongside the outstanding GWTIDA team to continue their great work in promoting the Wildwoods,” Belasco said.

Belasco most recently served as the deputy city manager, tax assessor, floodplain manager and CRS coordinator for the city of Cape May. He has also held roles as tax assessor for the borough of West Cape May, and tax assessor and city administrator for the city of North Wildwood.

Born and raised in the Wildwoods, Belasco attended Wildwood Catholic High School and is a graduate from Drexel University, where he earned a B.S. in business administration and management. Belasco currently resides in Wildwood Crest with his family.