Atlantic City casinos see 6.2 percent visitor drop

In a Feb. 6, 2010 file photo, Nicole Kerrys, left, and Joe Nicoba talk inside The Tropicana Hotel and Casino, in Atlantic City, N.J.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

March 21, 2011 3:19:42 PM PDT
More than 26.6 million people visited Atlantic City casinos last year, a decrease of 6.2 percent. But a new survey finds spending per visitor fell by only half that amount, indicating that the people who have stopped coming to the nation's second-largest gambling market are the less-profitable customers the casinos have been paying less attention to in recent years.