Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Payne Takes Issue With Casino Ads.(Final)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

* Councilor says Sunport, tourism guide advertisements push business out of city

Everyone who steps off a plane at the Albuquerque International Sunport and takes the escalators down to the baggage claim area passes directly under three big, lighted signs.

The official Sunport "Welcome to Albuquerque" sign is sandwiched between a pair of glossy casino ads -- one for Laguna Pueblo's soon-to-open Route 66 casino, the other for San Felipe Pueblo's Casino Hollywood.

City Councilor Greg Payne wants to give both of those casino signs the boot.

" 'Welcome to Albuquerque. Get out of town and go gamble.' What's the message to you?" Payne asked Wednesday.

A task force formed by Payne is recommending that the city restrict some of its prime Sunport advertising to ads that promote city attractions. …

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