Atlantic City anticipates a great spring and summer

Atlantic City officials and casino owners are gearing up for what they hope and plan to be a big spring and summer. – AC MEET

As the weather warms and COVID concerns ease, Atlantic City casino officials and owners are gearing up for what they hope and plan to be a great spring and summer. Preparation begins with the moves and investments that casinos undertake.

In anticipation of the expected surge in activity, several arcades have invested in upgrades, makeovers and new projects. These range from a major renovation at Ocean Casino Resort, including the completion of rooms that were never completed when it opened as Revel, to major upgrades at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Bally’s, and new entertainment and dining projects at Showboat and Tropicana.

Add a calendar of high-profile events, including the Chamber of Commerce’s ReNEW Jersey Summit, which set the tone for a return to even greater normality in 2022. “We expect this to be the most big business event in the state this year,” Chamber President and CEO Tom Bracken said of the April 13-14 event.

Several arcades have invested in upgrades, makeovers and new projects. – AC MEET

Governor Phil Murphy highlighted the importance of Atlantic City to the state when delivering the keynote address for the conference, which replaced the annual Walk to Washington trip. “I can’t think of a better place to gather us all than Atlantic City,” Murphy said. “And that won’t be my only visit to Atlantic City this month. I’ll be back in two weeks.

Murphy closed his speech with a call to support Atlantic City businesses. “You’ve already had a long and productive day and, well, it’s almost time to get out there and spend some money to support the hospitality industry that is the backbone of Atlantic City.”

Mayor Marty Small opened day two of the summit with similar sentiments and praised his administration’s efforts. “I see the title is ‘ReNEW Jersey’ and that’s what we do here in the great city of Atlantic City,” he said. “Renewing Atlantic City, bringing it to a place it’s never been before and maximizing its potential.”

“As we continue to learn to live with COVID-19, we’re seeing more and more event planners begin hosting their in-person meetings and conventions in our destination,” said Larry Seig, President and CEO. from Meet AC. “As we enter the high seasons of spring and summer, we expect to see these events increase in frequency and magnitude. This spring, we expect to see a total of 23,600 room nights generating $27 million in economic benefits for Atlantic City.

This activity follows a strong first quarter, with Meet AC reporting 11 events held, including eight at the Atlantic City Convention Center. This resulted in 23,211 rooms being booked which, despite the omicron wave, generated over $34 million in revenue, a significant increase from 2020 and 2021.

Other notable events include Zero Gravity Live from April 22-24, which is expected to generate nearly $4 million in economic activity; Rock ‘n’ Roll Atlantic City from May 14-15, which provides nearly $3 million in economic spinoffs; and the Police Security Expo on June 28-29, which expects 8,000 attendees and over $3 million in economic activity.

The Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce has announced that the Atlantic City Airshow: “A Tribute to Those Who Serve” will take place on August 24. – GREAT ATLANTIC CITY ROOM

Another major recent announcement was the return of the hugely popular Atlantic City Airshow – “A Salute to Those Who Serve” – ​​taking place on August 24. The event is the premier seaside air show, attracting over 500,000 spectators a year.

This year’s show will be extra special with the US Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet “Rhino” East Coast Demonstration Team flying to Atlantic City for the first time in five years.

“It’s amazing that the Navy’s Rhino Demonstration Team is once again participating in the AC Airshow,” said Michael Chait, president of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber. “As one of nine air shows the Rhinos will be attending this year, we are very honored to have them flying in Atlantic City.”

“Visitors flock to our destination for this iconic event every year, and they can’t wait to cheer as planes dive and dive over the Atlantic Ocean,” Seig said. “We couldn’t be more honored to host the Atlantic City Airshow this year and we’re thrilled to be working alongside the Greater Atlantic City Chamber to put on a fantastic show.”

The show will also feature the popular US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.

Unsurprisingly, casinos are also anticipating a flurry of action in gaming and sports betting. The US casino industry won almost $9 billion from players in the first two months of this year.

And after the final years of a brutal pandemic, everyone in the resort town can be ready for a significant boost in tourism, hospitality and gaming dollars.