Atlantic City will go down in hospitality history as a grand failure on multiple fronts. But in Trump fashion, his failure there was 'yuge.'
Over time, casinos proved to be both a boon and a detriment to Atlantic City. Is it possible for a hotel to survive in Atlantic City without a casino? Can Revel succeed the second time around? It'll be fascinating to see how it all plays out.
It'll be interesting to see if MGM's management of the Borgata will make the resort even more profitable and, perhaps, boost the overall gaming and hospitality community in a city that's struggled so much in recent years.
At some point a destination needs to face facts about its prospects. Atlantic City is still waiting for a savior it does't have to pay for.
Atlantic City has the infrastructure for massive meetings, it just has a culture that likely can't make the necessary pivots to move into the future.
Atlantic City has a long way to go before it's on the upswing, but looking towards the meetings and conventions crowd can't hurt.
It's become clear that Atlantic City's economy can no longer survive on casinos and clubs, creating a challenge and opportunity to find which industry can take its place.
Casinos and clubs have struggled in Atlantic City for close to a decade making Christie's efforts to reform the area tardy and insufficient.
Atlantic City's attempt to become the Vegas of the east was doomed from the start, plagued by corrupt state and local politics and a destination that didn't really understand how far past its prime it really was.