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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 01, 2016
Why here?
Despite all the challenges, Atlantic City is doubling down on an effort to reinvent itself by boosting its nongaming offerings with attractions like the reopened Steel Pier (pictured), outlet shopping, fine dining, and expanded meeting facilities at properties such as Harrah's Resort and the Resorts Casino Hotel.


NEWS FLASH
• Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino currently is upgrading 285 of its 1,140 guest rooms. The hotel has 38,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

 The 2,000-room Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, will undergo a $50 million enhancement this year. The property will add 25,000 square feet of conference space to its current total of more than 87,000 square feet of meeting space.  


CANDY LAND
Salt water taffy, the chewy, waxed-wrapped confection, was invented in Atlantic City in 1880. One brand, James' Original Salt Water Taffy, is still made  and sold on the famous Boardwalk.


A.C. OVERVIEW
Relax and enjoy a ride through Atlantic City's colorful history. Organized by A1 Tours, the excursion takes participants to 44 of the island's landmarks, historic sites and points of interest.
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ATLANTIC CITY

Local Update

 Harrah's Resort Atlantic City unveiled its $126 million Waterfront Conference Center last September. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Marina District, the venue gives the 2,590-room gaming resort more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including two 50,000-square-foot pillarless ballrooms. This month, the facility will host more than 2,000 attendees of Meeting Professionals International's World Education Congress.

 Atlantic City currently is the only place in which casino gambling is allowed to take place in New Jersey. However, a plan to build two casinos in the northern part of the Garden State -- which residents will vote on in November -- might dilute the gaming field.

 The 942-room Resorts Casino Hotel has unveiled its expanded meeting facilities, which now include a new 15,000-square-foot conference space and 12 meeting rooms. The resort has a total of 24 function rooms with more than 64,000 square feet of event space, with most function areas featuring natural light and ocean views.

 The iconic 1,000-foot-long Steel Pier has reopened following a refresh that left it with a host of new rides, including an observation wheel with 40 cars that can accommodate up to 10 people each. The pier dates from 1898, though it was rebuilt a few times over the years due to various storms and fires. The venue also was a pioneering rock-'n'-roll venue: Bill Haley and the Comets played here in 1955.

 The 2,079-room Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City has been approved to manage the 2,010-room Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel. The Tropicana plans to invest some $15 million to address issues including roof repairs and renovations of 150 presently unused guest rooms.

 In related news, the Tropicana will undergo an extensive upgrade this year, including the renovation of 500 Havana Tower guest rooms and a complete refresh of the South Tower casino. In addition, five all-new shows will debut at the property's Multimedia Light and Sound Show on the Boardwalk this summer. The hotel has approximately 122,000 square feet of meeting and event space and is home of The Quarter, a lively 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex.

 Plans for the shuttered 1,400-room Revel Casino Hotel, which was purchased at auction by developer Glenn Straub last year, still are evolving. At press time, Straub's plans were to open 500, or almost one-third, of the hotel's guest rooms this month. He also is building a two-level Skytrail ride, an especially challenging ropes course, in the former valet area of Revel. The property, which cost a whopping $2.4 billion to build, closed its doors in 2014, having never turned a profit.