Visitor flow slowed from January to April as the region rebuilt itself, in some cases from the ground up, and the state highlighted that work in a heavily funded ad campaign that boosted visitor numbers for Memorial Day.
Tourism experts are blaming the effects of Superstorm Sandy for a steep drop in visits to Atlantic City during the first four months of the year.
A new study from the South Jersey Transportation Authority finds there were far fewer passengers on planes and trains, and fewer casino buses and cars heading into town than in the same period in 2012.
Israel Posner, the director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism, tells the Press of Atlantic City that the data show that the effects of the storm are still lingering.
Atlantic City was not hit as hard by last year’s storm as places farther north on the shore.
|January to April 2012
|January to April 2013
|Total toll transactions on the Atlantic City Expressway
|Toll transactions on the expressway through the Pleasantville toll plaza
|Scheduled air passengers
|Rail travelers on NJ Transit
Source: South Jersey Transportation Authority
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