Atlantic City

Michael Ein

More detailed breakdowns of Atlantic City's non-gambling tourism industry have been delayed again - this time indefinitely.

Last year, the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Autho-rity announced it would begin releasing data tracking spending on food and beverage, retail and ticket sales. The first report was expected by February.

Following meetings with a host of resort stakeholders, the authority, now a division of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, has decided to take a closer look at its data-gathering process before releasing the new barometers, said Elaine Zamansky, ACCVA's media relations director.

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"We want to make sure that it's as representative of the destination as we can make it. It's just not quite there yet," Zamansky said. "Right now the sampling we have is not even a majority of the total marketplace. We don't want to spend a lot of time putting out numbers that aren't useful to people."

ACCVA currently releases tourism barometers at the same time the state Division of Gaming Enforcement releases gambling revenue reports. The current barometers measure events at Boardwalk Hall, conventions and meetings, website views and visitor's center statistics.

According to this month's report, in April, the Atlantic City Convention Center hosted seven events, on par with the number of events it hosted a year ago.

This year, those events drew 12,388 delegates, a 16 percent increase over the number of attendees last year.

That increase led to an estimated $7 million in spending, up 56 percent from April 2012, according to the data.

The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival moved from March to April this year and helped contribute to the increase.

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