Casinos seem to be an ever-present topic of conversation in Atlanta, particularly when the Georgia General Assembly convenes.
ATLANTA, Sept. 30, 2016 — Casinos seem to be an ever-present topic of conversation in Atlanta, particularly when the Georgia General Assembly convenes.
As a first obstacle, the state needs a new law allowing casino gambling. Lawmakers debated gambling during this year’s General Assembly session, but the legislative body failed to send the matter to voters for a referendum.
During a recent appearance before the Buckhead Business Association (BBA), William Pate, president and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) said while casinos may eventually come to Atlanta, he predicted it wouldn’t happen for at least a few years. He also said casinos wouldn’t necessarily draw more people to the city.
“I don’t buy the argument that we’re going to see a huge incremental lift in our visitation,” Pate added. “We will see an increase in spending because people who are here … will go to casinos, and they’ll spend more money and create more tax” revenues.
Then again, as Pate noted, many people didn’t think the state would ever have a lottery.Click here for reuse options!
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