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Will AC ever become like Vegas?

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Will AC ever become like Vegas?

Just wanted to know what others have to say, do you think AC can successfully reinvent themselves as Vegas East? I was looking at the Tourism Master Plan and it looks promising and all, but right now this is all just in its conceptual stages.

What I find Vegas-like with AC?

- lots of clubs, bunch of casinos within walking distance of each other

- Pacific Ave aka The Strip

-Many restaurants that are in Vegas are also in AC (Carmines, Morton'sSteakhouse, Il Mulino)

- Great shopping. Pier shops at caesars certainly isn't like the Forum Shops but they have a nice selection of shops

- Decent entertainment lineup on the weekends (midweek is another story)

- Many casinos that are in Vegas are also in AC (Ballys, Harrahs, GN, Tropicana, Caesars)

Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
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posts: 5,387
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1. Re: Will AC ever become like Vegas?

They need more visitors to sustain year round entertainment and other attractions. ACY needs more carriers to bring people into the area.

Sterling, Illinois
posts: 2,632
reviews: 33
2. Re: Will AC ever become like Vegas?

I go to Vegas several times a year, but mainly just to gamble and enjoy the warm temperature. Unless New Jersey has a drastic climate change, I will continue to only visit AC during the summer months.

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3. Re: Will AC ever become like Vegas?

They can continue to struggle with this vision or realize it won't happen. They need more visitors not just in the summer.

AC has always had a poor stigma attached and its not getting any better. Repairing that is a must they need to step in the right direction instead of spinning their wheels.

Clean up the ghettos and make everything inviting.

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You have a better of becoming president of the USA than AC ever becoming close to Vegas.

new york city
posts: 37
reviews: 3
5. Re: Will AC ever become like Vegas?

a.c is for day tripers. it will never be vegas. have you ever met a person who went to a.c for a vacation for more than four days.they need a indoor water park for famies with kids so you can go all year round. hotel room rates need to come down on the weekend

.it would cost me less money to go to vegas from n.y wed to sunday airfare and hotel then to stay at botgata or revel for 2nites friday and saturday

New Jersey
posts: 381
reviews: 13
6. Re: Will AC ever become like Vegas?

RanMan-slam dunk!

Never going to happen.Never! Atlantic City has only 2 things going for it over Vegas-Atlantic Ocean and beaches.


Room rates-Vegas



Things to do-Vegas

Value-not even close-Vegas

New Jersey
posts: 381
reviews: 13
7. Re: Will AC ever become like Vegas?

I would love to see A.C. come back to what it was in the 80's.It was such a different time and place. Yes,the economy was different,but if you were there in the 80's i am sure you can relate to what i am saying.From the free spending to the table limits,comps,clubs,etc...

How i miss those summer nights of leaving for A.C. on a thurs or fri,and to be lucky to make it home by sun evening...

Club Ancoppa,the memories.

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reviews: 33
8. Re: Will AC ever become like Vegas?

AC will never be able to come close to Vegas. But NJ State, the AC Gov., and Hotels could try to drum up business by significantly reducing or eliminating those obnoxious, greedy & pesty taxes, room fees, & tolls. Due to their greed, I don't see that happening anytime soon. You go to Vegas and a room comp is a real comp; $0.00 for the most part. Although many of the Vegas resorts do tack on daily resort fees; and Caesars joins the list effective with new bookings made as of Mar. 1, 2013 from what I've heard. Also, it wouldn't hurt to resurface both Pacific & Atlantic Aves. As for crime; AC has it's issues and crazies, but so does Vegas in my opinion. AC just has that certain stigma because of it's older bldgs. & crumbling roads.

AC's biggest problem is that there is too much gaming competition on the Eastern Seaboard. I would hate to see AC's business revenue decrease any further because I enjoy going up there with the boardwalk, beach, and it's local eateries/restaurants (Ducktown esp.).

Moorestown, New...
posts: 2,191
reviews: 16
9. Re: Will AC ever become like Vegas?

Never going to happen for many of the reasons others have said.

Not to mention the city itself outside the casinos is plagued by a multitude of problems. Problems gambling can't fix or they most certainly would have by now.

new york
posts: 507
reviews: 3
10. Re: Will AC ever become like Vegas?

I am a full travel day from both AC and Vegas, but I go to both since they both have some positives. In general, AC will never be Vegas and Vegas will never be AC......we should look at them both on their individual merits.

Can AC re-invent itself? Possibly, Vegas re-invented itself in the nineties in part because of the competition from AC.

I see a couple new positives that will help AC.

First, some people joke about the tourism district, but I stopped going to the boardwalk because of the bleak atmosphere and perceived lack of safety. I stayed on the boardwalk last summer, and I was impressed with how things have changed for the positive with the ambassadors, increased police protection, and things like the light show on boardwalk hall.

Second, I am optimistic with the new company taking over the plaza, and the fact that there is talk about MGM getting a license. New people mean fresh ideas and new capital dollars.

Will AC ever become Vegas? Who cares....as long as it is the best it can be!!

**Brought to you by the AC Tourism Council and Governor Chris Christie****