On the eve of National Tourism Week, (May 8-16) Atlantic County kicked-off plans for a countywide courtesy campaign for the summer 2004 season. Employees within the hospitality industry are urged to wear pins which read "Courtesy is Complimentary." It's a way to spread the word about the importance of being polite to visitors and fellow residents alike, helping the county become a competitive tourist attraction. 10,000 buttons will be distributed by Memorial Day. Look out grouches!
Hosts with the Most
Every city hopes to display an inviting face to its guests and visitors, but for Atlantic City there are so many to choose from it's getting harder for the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority to pick the winners for its annual Host Awards each year. However, they were able to name 19 locals who work in the city's hospitality industry as this year's award recipients, each representing beacons of hospitality in the city. Also at the ceremony held earlier this month at the Convention Center, a special award was given to local historian Vicki Gold Levi, author of the book, Atlantic City: 125 Years of Ocean Madness. Recognized for her long-term contribution to the region's travel and hospitality industry, Levi was bestowed with the Spirit of Hospitality Award. Miss America 2004, Ericka Dunlap, presented Levi with the honor (above).
Hand sculpture reaching from above the freedom bell in the center of the Civil Rights Garden at Martin Luther King Blvd. in AC.