by Lisa A. Grimaldi | December 01, 2015
Why here?
Atlantic City is in the midst of a reinvention. These days, the Garden State city is focusing on its enhanced offerings for families (the reopened Steel Pier) and groups, with the debut of Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center (pictured) and upgrades at other resorts.

 The Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa is enhancing its offerings for groups. The 2,000-room property launched Festival Park -- an outdoor concert hall -- this summer. Coming soon is a new nightclub (its name and opening date still to be announced).  

 The enhanced oceanfront Steel Pier has reopened with a host of new rides, including an observation wheel with 40 cars that can accommodate up to 10 people each.

Meeting Professionals International has selected Atlantic City as the destination for its 2016 World Education Congress, taking place June 11-14 at Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center.

Atlantic City's Boardwalk is its most enduring attraction. Visitors can traverse the wooden planks by foot, bike or via retro rolling cars. The wicker vehicles are steered by hardy drivers; riders can just sit back and take in the sights.
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Local Update

 Harrah's Resort Atlantic City has opened its new $126 million Waterfront Conference Center. The venue, which welcomed its first groups this past August, gives the 2,590-room gaming resort more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space (up from 25,000 square feet), including two 50,000-square-foot pillarless ballrooms. The new center already is boosting Harrah's meetings business: The property has seen an increase of some 90,000 advance room bookings for the upcoming 12 months, compared with 7,000 advance room bookings for the previous 12 months.

 The 942-room Resorts Casino Hotel has unveiled a new 15,000-square-foot conference space. The new venue has 12 meeting rooms that feature state-of-the-art A/V and other technical capabilities. The facility brings the total offerings at Resorts to 24 function rooms with more than 64,000 square feet of event space, most featuring natural light and ocean views.

 Florida developer Glenn Straub purchased the bankrupt, shuttered Revel Casino Hotel for $82 million, with plans to reopen the property this year,  but challenges remain. At press time, the project was mired in legal woes with the company that supplies power to the 1,400-room hotel, and no opening date had been set. The property, which cost $2.4 billion to build and closed after less than three years, never turned a profit.

 The Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City has completed a renovation to the tune of $50 million. The extensive project included the refurbishment of 434 guest rooms in the 2,133-room property's north tower, the expansion of Fin restaurant, and the addition of the AtlanticCare LifeCenter fitness facility and retail shops. The resort also debuted a Boardwalk facade that features an interactive light-and-sound show.

 A $1 million meeting-incentive initiative from Meet AC has been instituted for offering through 2016. The program is open to meetings new to Atlantic City, as well as groups that have not met there for at least three years. To qualify, business booked must take place by 2016 and generate a minimum of 500 room nights at an Atlantic City property; events must use the convention center or one of the local hotels.

 The Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill has opened in the lobby level of the 1,140-room Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino. The 290-seat sports bar/eatery offers authentic English pub fare, with  popular items like shepherd's pie and bangers and mash.