For Immediate Release: September 08, 2010
American Bus Association Names Atlantic City Airshow
One of North America's 100 Best Events for 2011
For the ACCVA:
Michael Bruckler, 609-449-7125
Elaine Zamansky, 609-449-7166
Karen Martin, 609-449-7126
For Lou Hammond & Associates:
Emily Santos or Amelie Smith, 212-308-8880
The American Bus Association (ABA) announced today that the Atlantic City Airshow “Thunder Over The Boardwalk” held on a Wednesday each August, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2011 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the Atlantic City Airshow offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA.
“The attractiveness of the Atlantic City Airshow as a don't-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Atlantic City,” said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA's president and CEO. “The real news here is that the airshow has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives the airshow an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.”
According to studies completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave from $5,000 to more than $13,000 in a local destination's economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.
The Atlantic City Airshow is a crucial economic generator for the area. Based on a study conducted by the Center for Regional and Business Research (CRBR) at Atlantic Cape Community College, the 2008 Airshow resulted in an estimated $56.6 million in overall regional economic activity.The study was commissioned jointly by the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority and the Greater Atlantic City Chamber.
ABA's 2011 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected the Atlantic City Airshow from among a record number of more than 650 event nominations submitted by ABA members. Judges considered the event's broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches and skill at handling large groups, and a variety of other relevant criteria. The Top 100 Events list is available online at www.buses.org/top100.
The 2010 Atlantic City Airshow was presented by Siganos Management. The event is a community partnership between the Greater Atlantic City Chamber; the 177th Fighter Wing of the N.J. Air National Guard; South Jersey Transportation Authority; FAA William J. Hughes Tech Center; The Atlantic City International Airport; Harrah’s Entertainment; David Schultz Airshows, LLC; the City of Atlantic City; and the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.
About the Greater Atlantic City Chamber
Since 1914, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber has worked to create a favorable economic climate by providing meaningful services to the business community. The Chamber offers services designed: to create business opportunities for members, to help lower the cost of doing business, and to serve as the area’s voice of business. The Chamber also works with the county’s Community Development Corporation that is the area’s leading economic development agency. And for the last eight years, the Chamber has been the administrative group for the Atlantic City Airshow that has become the largest one day, midweek, over-the-ocean airshow in the country.
About South Jersey Transportation Authority
Established through an act of New Jersey Legislation in 1991, The South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) owns and operates both the Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) and the Atlantic City Expressway (ACE). The Authority is responsible for South Jersey's economic development through transportation infrastructure, including addressing the region's highway network, aviation facility and transportation services. In addition to providing safe and efficient travel to more than 66 million travelers using the Atlantic City Expressway annually, the Airport (ACY) now provides national connectivity to more than 50 U.S. domestic cities as well as Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority serves as the destination's principal marketing arm, stimulating economic growth through convention, business and leisure tourism development. The Authority oversees the management of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall. The Authority is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International. For complete Atlantic City information, visit www.atlanticcitynj.com.
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