Atlantic City Convention Center Booked Solid for 2013

The East Coast gambling mecca of Atlantic City, N.J., appears to be well on its way to recovering from last year’s Superstorm Sandy, if the robust bookings being logged by its convention center is any indication.

Those seeking travel information or a vacation brochure about the area may want to plan their Atlantic City visits around a booked-tight schedule of Atlantic City Convention Center offerings in the coming months, many of which are free and open to the public. In March, these ranged from the Atlantic City Classic Car Show to lead off the month to the Atlantic City Antiques Show to cap it off. The fun isn’t expected to stop. That’s a marked difference from how the convention center was being used immediately following Sandy’s landfall — as the Disaster Recovery Center for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The booked schedule is just one sign that things are on the mend. The statistics paint a very similar picture. According to a Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Bureau statement in early March, the center’s official and public offerings doubled in February 2013 over the year before, with help from such highly magnetic events as the Mid-Atlantic Hardscraping Trade Show. In all, ACCVB statistics reveal 45 percent more hotel usage, 74 percent more spending by convention center visitors and a whopping 73 percent more area visitors for February 2013 over the previous year’s figures. On top of this, the city’s Boardwalk Hall entertainment venue drew 33 percent more visitors to five events this February over the year before, when just two events were held.

The bureau’s president, Jeff Vasser, attributed these figures, among others, as a clear sign that the region is starting to recover from the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy, which damaged whole swaths of the New England coast in late October 2012 and killed 12.  The well-coordinated message that “Atlantic City Boardwalk is unharmed and open for business has stoked solid interest,” he stated in a March 11 press release. Those in need of a vacation brochure or travel information are encouraged to visit the bureau’s web site, or TravelGuidesFree.com.
Those still wishing to donate money or supplies for the cleanup, can do so by contacting the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation or one of the region’s many charitable organizations.

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