(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Celeste Riley, who serves as vice chair of the Assembly Tourism and Arts Committee, today expressed optimism about the future of the Atlantic City casino industry, which reported revenue losses for the first six months of the year as it works to rebound from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
“While I’m disappointed at the revenue numbers, I’m not surprised considering the circumstances created by Hurricane Sandy, not to mention a summer season that so far has been highlighted by rain,” said Riley (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). “There are still people who assume that Atlantic City is in no shape for visitors because of Sandy, and yes, competition from neighboring states is growing, but where else can you play the slots, catch one of the biggest pop stars in the world in concert and lounge on the beach? Atlantic City is doing a great job promoting their attractions and events, and I’m confident the second half of the year will be much better.”
Riley said the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, happening later this month, is just one of the many wonderful events being offered that should help draw crowds to Atlantic City. The festival, being held by Caesars Entertainment, in cooperation with the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority from July 25 – July 28, will feature some of the culinary world’s most renowned chefs.
“I’m hopeful that as the summer continues, Sandy will become a distant memory to visitors and more will flock to Atlantic City to sample some great food, try their luck on the slots or relax with a good book on the beach, which by the way is free,” said Riley. “As the slogan says, let’s do AC.”