Tourism Up 7 Percent Overall, While Casino Revenue in AC Dips

Tourism is the third largest industry in New Jersey with $38 billion spent in the Garden State last year, a 7 percent increase. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno gave the details at a tourism conference in Atlantic City where casino revenue numbers were down almost 6 percent last month.

Head of the Casino Redevelopment Authority John Palmieri is still optimistic, pointing to the opening of Revel and promotion of other destination activities within Atlantic City to help grow tourism.

“The industry understands that we’re dealing with a lot of competition and the economy is certainly still slack so i think this will take some time,” Palmieri said.