The new Atlantic City is all about energy, excitement, and SEXY thrills. What a metamorphosis! A once-distressed area has been replaced by the upscale Atlantic City Outlets, The Walk; the Marina district has emerged and diversified; and NEW LIFE has been breathed into the Boardwalk casinos, with the expansion of the Tropicana’ s Quarter entertainment/retail complex. And it continues: This September, the Million Dollar Pier will be transformed into the LUXURY Pier at Caesars, offering clothes by Gucci and Hugo Boss and food by restaurateurs Todd English and Jef frey Chodorow. That’ s just for starters.
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Awards to the following:
Atlantic City CVA
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Tropicana Casino and Resort
Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa
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THE BIG NEWS
Last August, the Miss America Organization (MAO) and the officials of Atlantic City mutually agreed to sever their relationship with the 2006 pageant moving to Las Vegas.
■ Atlantic City CVA is launching www.meetinac. com, a new meetings-specific website for planners.
■ In Dec, the Nevada -based American Casino & Entertainment Properties (ACEP ), owner of the Sands Casino Hotel , purchased 7.7 acres just off the
Boardwalk from Las Vegas-based Harrah's
Entertainment Inc., as part of a $170-million deal.
■ This year, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will debut Phase I of its $200-million, 500,000-sf expansion, expanding the Spa Toccare and adding more slot machines and table games to its casino and three restaurants by high-profile chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Mina, and Wolfgang Puck.
■ Following a Chapter 11 reorganization, the Trump Organization is moving forward with a $110-million renovation of its three AC properties. The renovation is expected to comprise conversion of a corridor leading from the Trump Taj Mahal’s parking garage into a promenade featuring new stores and restaurants; a redo of the Boardwalk facade of Trump Plaza Hotel
& Casino and modifications to the lobby; and renovations to Trump Marina Hotel Casino’s meeting and convention space, including a new restaurant. In June 2005, Trump Plaza completed soft-good renovation of 887 guest rooms.
■ A new 990-room hotel tower is under way at Harrah’s Marina as part of a $500-million expansion.
■ In Mar, the Madison House at Sands Hotel and Casino reopened, following a $7-million renovation that converted its250 guest rooms into 126 minisuites.
■ The trend of upscale steak restaurants, which began with Manhattan's Old Homestead opening a branch at the Borgata , continued with The Palm anchoring The Quarter at Tropicana. In Aug, Morton’ s, opening in Caesars, joined the roster. Now, Ruth’ s Chris Steak House has joined the Atlantic City Outlets, The Walk ; and Gallagher ’s has opened at Resorts.
■ The House of Blues opened this year at the Showboat - The Mardi Gras Casino music hall.
■ In July, the $75-million, 3,200-space Coliseum parking garage opened.
GROUPS SHOULD CONSIDER these recommendations from the Successful Meetings Home Team experts: Top choices include the 2,000-room Borgata; and the 1,624- room Tropicana.
Contributors to this section include Home Team Members Bonnie Wallsh, CMP, and Marilyn Rocks. Contact them at [email protected]
GREAT PLACES FOR GROUP MEALS IN ATLANTIC CITY
10 The restaurants below have group Facilities
and were selected from the Zagat Survey and Open Table Reservations database of Atlantic City:
Cuba Libre, The Quarter, Cuban
Dock’s Oyster House ,Georgia Avenue ,Seafood
Jonathan’s on West End, West End Ave, Eclectic
Old Homestead, Borgata, Steakhouse
Ombra, Borgata, Italian
Suilan, Borgata, Asian
P.F. Chang’s, The Quarter, Asian
Brulee, The Quarter, French
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Walk, Steakhouse
For more information on these and other restaurants in Atlantic City, please click on www.zagat.com and www.opentable.com
Essential Tool Box
Convention Centers: Atlantic City Convention Center, 500,000 sf of dedicated meeting space, with 45 meetings rooms accommodating 3,300 theater-style; Historic Boardwalk Hall, 119,500 sf of floor space, accommodating up to 13,800 theater-style.
For More info: Atlantic City CVA, www.atlanticcitynj. com
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