Allegations of bed bugs affect tourism, according to travel agent

by bedbugger on December 11, 2007 · 2 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs and travel, bed bugs in hotels, new jersey

  • Tropicana struggles to rebuild public image (note: allegations of bed bugs = bad for business)

    Travel agent elucidates how bed bugs are bad for hotel business: “One of my customers requested Tropicana. Knowing what I knew, I felt I must tell them. God forbid if they got there and there were bedbugs,” (Sis Butler, sales rep., Suncoast Tours).

    (tags: badforbusiness bedbugs travel tourism casino atlanticcity newjersey nj tropicana dec2007 2007 hotels)

1 hopelessnomo December 14, 2007 at 8:45 pm

The Tropicana got its license renewal denied by the Casino Control Commission.

[D]uring 8 days of hearings the commission heard evidence that included dirty rooms with bed bugs and filthy restaurants as the result of staff layoffs.

Of course, this is the type of story where there’s probably much more going on, but bed bugs added that soupçon of notoriety.

Or do you think they were the leading indictment in the press coverage?

2 nobugsonme December 15, 2007 at 3:56 am

I don’t think bed bugs are a real concern for officials.

Why do I say this?

Because after forcing the sale, they’re allowing the casino to stay open and operate as usual. This implies they think that the new management (which we assume must be imminent) will do a good job of solving problems. But it also implies that if there are bed bugs, that is something visitors will have to live with for now.

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