• Atlantic City Reports Strong First Quarter

     
    POSTED April 24, 2015
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of DO AC

Atlantic City remained a popular destination for events during the first quarter of 2015

During the timeframe, the Meet AC sales team brought 30 conventions and meetings to the Atlantic City Convention Center and 19 to hotel properties—a more than 25 percent increase from 2014’s first quarters.

“Conventions and meetings are an important part of Atlantic City’s economic base throughout the winter,” says John Palmieri, executive director, CRDA. “We look forward to adding in the near future Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center and Resorts’ expanded convention space to the available venues for meeting planners throughout the region.”

At Boardwalk Hall, 135,000 fans attended 13 different events, making a jump of 29.3 percent from 2013’s first quarter. Additional business from this year’s Q1 show 19,000 guests stopped at the Visitor Information Centers. More than 532,500 unique visitors browsed the CVB’s website, and 72 percent of them were new to the site.

 “Several large-scale, new attractions should stir significant interest in Atlantic City from new and returning visitors throughout 2015,” says Palmieri. “Bass Pro Shops, The Playground renovation of the Pier Shops, Tropicana’s retail and Boardwalk entertainment areas and Borgata’s outdoor concert facility are just a few of the exciting additions visitors will be able to enjoy this year.”

October is the month of fall color viewing, pumpkin picking, and pizza. Yes, October is National Pizza Month, and if you’re looking to commemorate the occasion, head to New Jersey.

Others may disagree—let’s make that, others will certainly disagree—but last year Food & Wine Magazine named New Jersey the best pizza state in America, followed by Connecticut and New York in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Pennsylvania landed in seventh place and Massachusetts nabbed 10th place. 

 

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Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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