Convention-related business suffered in March as the Atlantic City Convention Center attracted only half as many shows as it did last year, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.
The center hosted 10 shows last month, down from 20 in March 2012. That also cut delegate spending in half, from $25.5 million to about $12.8 million.
ACCVA attributed the decrease to several annual trade shows and conventions that moved their shows to different months to accommodate the Passover and Easter holidays.
The 10 shows at the convention center attracted more than 53,000 delegates, down about 26 percent from the nearly 72,000 seen last year.
“It simply wasn’t a favorable convention market calendar in March because of the holidays,” Gary Musich, the ACCVA’s vice president of convention sales, said in a statement. “But by the end of April, we’ll see it balance out and have a fair year-to-date comparison.”
Musich said the authority remains on track to grow the convention market by more than 10 percent this year, with 371,700 projected room nights.
The ACCVA releases tourism barometers each month tracking the health of nongambling activities in the resort. The authority is expected to revamp its reporting system and begin releasing a more detailed barometer next month.
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