Gay Travel: Betting on Atlantic City

Author: , August 3rd, 2015

Atlantic City

It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for Atlantic City, the world-famous seaside resort area that hugs the southeastern coast of New Jersey. Headline after headline spelled D.O.O.M in bright casino lighting for the city, but just as the lights began to fade to black, Atlantic City’s resident casinos and population began to pave a new path–with or without gambling.

The death-knell came after casinos began falling like dominos. Probably the biggest shock came after Revel, a $2.4 billion casino, shut its doors. Once seen as the saving grace for the boardwalk and the area’s dying gambling culture, the casino’s ultra-high cost and delayed opening, alleged bad business decisions, and a major lack of community integration/understanding, killed the casino off within two years. This was in addition to the closing of the Showboat Casino Hotel, a 23-year-old hotel; Atlantic Club, a 34-year-old institution; Trump Plaza, a 24-old, though recently renovated property; all of which made headlines spelling the demise of the once-great vacationland. As news spread across the nation, Atlantic City gained a Detroit-like reputation (an analogy used by the city’s openly gay and openly republican mayor, Don Guardian).

In the wake of all these doors closing and the negative press attention, there are things happening now that signal the odds are looking more in favor of Atlantic City. With a new understanding of the changing travel market, the city is focusing its marketing efforts to attract younger patrons as well as LGBT visitors, emphasizing new developments in entertainment, the beach, dining, large events, and an accepting community that’s embracing Atlantic City’s new path.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Southern New Jersey Gay Travel Resources

Drag Queen Appointed as Atlantic City Tour Ambassador

Author: , March 9th, 2015

Miss RichfieldAtlantic City has revealed its new LGBTI tourism ambassador – the fabulous Miss Richfield 1981. The scantily-clad star will represent the popular destination as she travels America and beyond with her riotous act.

Miss Richfield 1981 – the alter ego of Russ King – has appeared on shows including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Today, and commonly takes her show on various gay and lesbian cruises and to various vacation hotspots.

Miss Richfield 1981’s appointment follows the inauguration of the city’s first openly gay mayor, Don Guardian, in 2013.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Southern New jersey Gay Travel Resources

Atlantic City Pushing its Nightlife

Author: , January 31st, 2014

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New Jersey’s seaside gambling resort is taking its show on the road, targeting partiers in Philadelphia with a mobile nightclub that will bring 300 of them back to Atlantic City to experience the resort’s nightspots. It’s also launching social media efforts to recruit fun-seekers to come to Atlantic City.

The outreach is part of the $30 million annual campaign by the Atlantic City Alliance to promote the resort as more than just a gambling center.

“Atlantic City is a lively destination all year round,” said Liza Cartmell, the group’s president. “These promotions are designed with specific social media components included in order to showcase all that there is to do here even during the coldest months. We encourage visitors to enjoy the indoor pools, spas, restaurants, shopping, nightclubs, entertainment and gambling, and share their experiences over social media with their friends.”

Authored By Edge Boston – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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From New York City to Atlantic City

Author: , November 23rd, 2013

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Following some recent legislation, it’ll be at least seven years before developers are allowed to build a casino in New York City (though we’d happily wait another 50). Until then, New Yorkers craving the sounds of ringing slot machines and clacking poker chips will continue trekking to the same ocean-sprayed resort town they’ve been visiting since the early 1900s: Atlantic City.

And why shouldn’t they? Situated just 130 miles south of Manhattan, Atlantic City is an easy day trip that’s both cheap and entertaining. Don’t believe us? Allow the facts to speak for themselves:

How to get there

The cheapest and fastest way to the Boardwalk is a bus that leaves from Port Authority on 42nd St and Eighth Avenue. Academy Bus runs every hour (and sometimes, multiple times per hour) from 8am to 9pm, with roundtrip tickets starting at $40. Watch out, though: different buses arrive at different casinos, so to minimize confusion, pick the route that will bring you closest to your final destination.

Authored By Alex Schechter – See the Full Story at Shermans Blog

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Miss’d America Drag Queen Pageant Returns to Atlantic City in September

Author: , August 7th, 2013

Miss'd America Pageant - Atlantic CityOrganizers of the Miss’d America drag queen pageant say they’re excited the Miss America Pageant is returning to Atlantic City this year.

The spoof of the real pageant, that was created as a fundraiser for charities, will take place at the House of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City on Sept. 21, less than a week after Miss America is crowned on Sept. 15.

Contestants will be judged in swimsuit, talent, evening gown and the judges’ interviews.

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Atlantic City – Gay Pride All Year Long

Author: , June 6th, 2012

Known as one of America’s most visited resort and entertainment destinations, Atlantic City is quickly becoming one of the top destinations for gay and lesbian travelers, offering a variety of nightlife, entertainment, annual events, and more.

A sampling of popular GLBT activities and events in Atlantic City includes:

Atlantic City’s first gay casino nightclub, Pro Bar at Resorts Casino Hotel, features the hottest DJs, theme nights, special guests, and more. For more information, visit

. Partiers will enjoy the return of the Brass Rail, located in the Diving Horse complex at 10 South Mt. Vernon Avenue. This historic alternative lifestyle bar features great drinks and bar food, with daily specials and offers DJs spinning favorites on the weekends. Open every day. For information, visit

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RisQue Atlantic City Pride Scheduled for Early July

Author: , February 4th, 2012

RisQue Pride Atlantic CityRisQue is the first co-ed Pride event taking place in the heart of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The dates for RisQue Atlantic City Pride are July 5-9, 2012. The event will include shopping, boating, casinos, beaches, celebrities, shows, parties, music, fashion and more. This elite getaway is catered to over 5,000 culturally diverse attendees who will receive top of the line exclusive packages and VIP events that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

The host hotel for RisQue will be the new Rendezvous Tower at Resorts, which has redefined the entire Resorts experience. From the moment guests approach the stunning 27-story tower and enter the impeccably designed Grand Lobby, they are surrounded by a sense of style and sophistication. The sleek art deco theme prevails throughout the Rendezvous Tower, from the hand-painted murals and marbled walkways to the stylishly decorated and spacious hallways and guest rooms.

Just steps away from valet parking, the Grand Lobby, the newly expanded casino and 25 Hours lounge, the Rendezvous Tower at Resorts is the perfect choice for guests.

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“Out in Atlantic City” This Weekend

Author: , January 20th, 2012

Out in Atlantic CityThe hailstorm of hoopla around the Miss’d America Pageant has been tremendous since the hilarious drag-queen pageant/charity fundraiser/Miss America spoof recently returned to the resort, having gone into hibernation for five years after its initial 1991-2004 run.

Now the pageant is entrenched in a weekend-long lineup of festivities hosted by Caesars Entertainment and entitled Out in AC that spans several venues and casino properties from Friday night through Sunday, Jan. 20-22.

“Caesars Entertainment is extremely proud to play host to the fourth annual Out in AC Weekend,” says Jennifer Weissman, regional vice president of marketing for Caesars Entertainment. “Every year these uniquely tailored events bring in new guests ready to experience Atlantic City in a whole new open light. Out in AC Weekend is all about diversity, pride and, of course, having a little fun.”

Full Story from the Atlantic Weekly

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Atlantic City Goes Gay for the Weekend

Author: , November 23rd, 2011

Gay Atlantic City TravelWhen the grind gets to be just too much, it’s time to throw your sequined hotpants in a bag and head to Atlantic City. Just two and a half hours from New York City by bus or train, AC is a carefree, hedonistic oasis on the Jersey Shore.

Every day is a chance to test your luck, and every night is a party. And with hotel/casinos like Harrah’s and Caesar’s teaming up to present Out in AC — the ultimate gay party weekend — LGBT players have more reason than ever to come out and play.

“I hadn’t been back to Atlantic City in 20 years, and I thought it was just about time,” said weekend host, drag queen Frank Marino. “I wanted them to do here what we did in Vegas, and they are finally getting it! We are starting off small and will watch it grow.”

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NJ: Atlantic City Gets New Gay Nightclub

Author: , July 2nd, 2011

Prohibition Night ClubFor the first time in Atlantic City’s history the east coast gambling resort has now opened its first exclusively gay permanent nightclub in one of its casinos.

Prohibition, as it is called, is located on the 13th floor of the Resorts Casino Hotel and is part of the City’s attempt to boost its tourism industry, in this case by attracting the affluent Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender community (LGBT).

As Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association executive and prominent member of the gay community Gary Hill explains: “I think it’s going to work. A lot of casinos have done things for the gay and lesbian community, but never to this level. They’d do a weekend or a night or hold a special event. But this is what this community wants and needs.”

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