How do you counter the perception of Atlantic City as a destination in decline?
The gaming market has right-sized here. We remain the second-largest gaming market in America behind Las Vegas, and gaming is up slightly year over year. The convention market is more robust today than it’s been in 20 years.
We also have nongaming tourism products in the works. The 200-ft. observation wheel at Steel Pier [projected to open this summer] is going to be tremendous. Atlantic Club Casino was purchased [by R&R Development Group] this spring and is being redeveloped as a nongaming resort and waterpark, while Showboat has reopened as a nongaming hotel.
You hosted MPI in 2016. How was the feedback?
Hosting MPI’s WEC was a major coup for Atlantic City. People were surprised how busy and how nice Atlantic City was. We’re seeing growth from leads we’re gaining and have more to talk about with planners since they’ve been here.