Atlantic City Visitor Rate Hits 30 Year Low

Atlantic City tourism has hit the lowest point since the early 1980s. This report comes from Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism at Stockton University, which compared the numbers from Atlantic City visitation this year to those over the last three decades. Their numbers show that tourist visits to the resort town […]

Atlantic City tourism has hit the lowest point since the early 1980s. This report comes from Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism at Stockton University, which compared the numbers from Atlantic City visitation this year to those over the last three decades.

Their numbers show that tourist visits to the resort town were 24.1 million in 2017, which is a 1.2 percent decrease from 24.4 million in 2016.

Atlantic City hasn’t seen a level this low since 1982, when there were 22.9 million visitors.

Tourism Rebound Coming in Atlantic City?

The good news is that Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming researchers believe that 2018 could be a rebound year.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that one reason for optimism is the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino. Other positive impacts will come from the opening of the Stockton University and the corporate headquarters of South Jersey Gas.

“We are seeing and hearing from businesses that everybody is feeling pretty good about the outlook for the coming season,” said Joseph Kelly, who’s president of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber President. “I think the look is optimistic toward 2018.”

Hard Rock Atlantic City Will Really Provide a Boost

The Hard Rock really stands out among the new projects that are being built in Atlantic City. They’re working on renovations of the former Trump Taj Mahal, and the new casino is expected to draw many to the East Coast resort town.

Matt Harkness, property president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, told the Press of Atlantic City that he’s very confident in where the new property is being built.

”I believe in the renaissance of Atlantic City and I am confident Hard Rock will set a new standard in this city and our region,” said Harkness. “It will truly be unlike anything else this town has ever experienced.”

Atlantic City has been hit hard by increased competition in the area in recent times. But the Levenson Institute report offers a glimmer of hope for 2018.

 

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