by Matt Alderton | November 15, 2012
Although much of the Jersey Shore remains devastated due to Hurricane Sandy, meetings and conventions are officially welcome back to Atlantic City, according to Jeffrey Vasser, president of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Association, who released an open letter to the meetings industry last week.

"On behalf of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, I would like to personally thank everyone for the enormous support and understanding throughout the past week as our destination and the Northeast dealt with the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone dealing with the aftermath of this unprecedented event," Vasser said in his letter. "Our region is noted for its resiliency, and it is with this in mind that we are proud to announce that The Atlantic City Convention Center and Historic Boardwalk Hall, two of the Northeast's top event and convention venues, are open for business with neither experiencing any significant damage from the unprecedented storm."

Vasser's letter follows a Nov. 2 announcement from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that Atlantic City's 12 casinos — closed since the October super storm — had permission to reopen.

"The Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority continues to work closely with groups whose meetings, conventions, events or motorcoach trips were impacted by Hurricane Sandy," Vasser said. "While we are seeking to quickly reschedule as many events as possible that were affected by the storm, we are also looking forward to working with all of our valued clients and partners to plan for future events in our world-class destination. As we move forward, you can expect to find all the excitement, all the fun, all the great facilities, services and top-notch staff ready, willing and able to make it easy for your organization to DO AC."

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