Contact: David Zuba, Publicist, Media Relations/Communications
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – (Friday, June 26, 2015) – It’s called the “Entertainment Capital of the Jersey Shore” for its exciting mix of world-class entertainment, dining, shopping, beaches and all-around fun, and today you may also add “Best Gambling Destination” in the world.
After a month-long online 10Best Reader’s Choice voting campaign by USA Today, voters crowned Atlantic City as the best gambling destination in the world, topping an impressive list of 19 other competitors that were nominated by a panel of travel agents specializing in gambling travel. Rounding out the top five were Connecticut, Las Vegas, Monte Carlo and Reno.
“This is great news for Atlantic City!” said CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri. “These results affirm our continuing commitment to – and investment in – non-gaming attractions that help distinguish Atlantic City from other gaming destinations throughout the world.”
Atlantic City currently boasts eight hotel casino gaming properties – Bally’s, Borgata, Caesars, Golden Nugget, Harrah’s, Resorts, Tropicana and Trump Taj Mahal – along with several popular beach bars, free beaches, internationally-acclaimed and neighborhood-favorite dining, state-of-the-art conference/meeting venues, historic Absecon Lighthouse, the Atlantic City Aquarium, world-famous Boardwalk, Steel Pier, outlet and destination shopping at Tanger Outlets The Walk and Bass Pro Shops, respectively, and of course the Miss America Pageant and Show Us Your Shoes Parade.
“Atlantic City is the Triple Crown winner – a beach, a Boardwalk and casino gaming. Where else can you go in the world to get all three at once,” said City of Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. “Atlantic City is the place to be for fun in the sun while enjoying all of the casino gambling that you want!”
Meanwhile, in another USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice online poll, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa was recognized by voters as the 7th Best U.S. Casino. Also, Atlantic City has been named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the 10 best places to find a great July 4th hotel deal.
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The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA responsibilities expanded to include land use regulation, clean and safe initiatives, tourism marketing, ownership and oversight of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall, and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to brand and market Atlantic City. The former ACCVA, now a division of CRDA, is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International.
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