Atlantic City Forecasts Convention Growth

This year will be a strong year for meetings and conventions in Atlantic City, according to the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA), which announced this month that it was projecting "strong increases in attendance and business" at the Atlantic City Convention Center in 2011.

Based on business booked by the ACCVA sales team that will actualize in 2011, projections show a year-over-year increase of 10 percent in conventions, trade shows, public shows and hotel bookings. As a result, attendance at Atlantic City conventions is expected to reach 360,000 this year, up 10 percent from 2010; hotel room nights 130,000, up 11 percent; and delegate spending $150 million, up 8 percent.

"This is great news for the Atlantic City Convention Center and for Atlantic City," said ACCVA Vice President of Convention Development Gary Musich. "We all have heard recently how important convention business is to our destination. But the results of convention business are not always seen immediately. Along with an improving economy, these increases we are seeing now are the result of years of hard work from our ACCVA Convention Development staff."

Added ACCVA President Jeffrey Vasser, "As our destination grows thanks to the increase of air service at the Atlantic City International Airport and our room inventory improves, Atlantic City will continue as a top tier convention destination. In addition to a great facility, Atlantic City offers an amazing array of amenities to delegates, and more and more that is becoming realized."