Atlantic City

Atlantic City Steel Pier

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.

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.

Bring Your Clubs
A little-known fact about the Atlantic City area is that it's a prime golfing destination. Following is a listing of some of the area's top courses.

 Atlantic City Country Club, founded in 1897, is one of America's oldest and most prestigious golf clubs and home to many firsts; it calls itself "the Birthplace of the Birdie" and also claims to be the site where the term "eagle" was coined.

 Ballamor Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township is open to the public year-round for daily-fee play and group outings.

 Ron Jaworski's Blue Heron Pines Golf Club offers 18 holes of championship golf with more than 6,800 yards of manicured greens, water traps and strategically placed bunkers.

 Hamilton Trails in Mays Landing is a regulation-length, nine-hole course perfect for novice and seasoned players alike.

 Harbor Pines winds around the perimeter of a beautiful and heavily wooded 520-acre site in Egg Harbor Township.

 The Links at Brigantine Beach features breathtaking bay views, near-pristine native marshlands and gently rolling terrain.

 Mays Landing Golf Club is located on 175 acres in the Pinelands. The tree-lined fairways and wide landing areas were designed with both beginner and advanced golfers in mind.

 McCullough's Emerald Golf Links is a public 18-hole championship golf course with impressively wide fairways and many challenging features.

 Scotland Run, built in and around an old former sand quarry, offers a variety of wooded, quarry and links-style holes.

 Shore Gate Golf Club, situated on 245 acres of ages-old forest, is a par-72 premier championship golf course.

 Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway has two historic fields of play: the links-styled Bay Course and the challenging forest-lined Pines Course.

Twisted Dune in Egg Harbor Township spans 7,200 yards and includes four par-5s at over 500 yards, 10 par-4s and four par-3s.

Vineyard Golf at Renault Winery is a 7,000-yard championship course with views of the vineyards and orchards.


Meeting Hotels: Major properties include the 2,590-room Harrah's Resort Atlantic City; 2,079-room Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City; 2,010-room Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel; 2,000-room Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; 1,756-room Bally's Atlantic City; 1,140-room Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino; 942-room Resorts Casino Hotel; 800-room Water Club, a Signature Hotel by Borgata; 728-room Golden Nugget Atlantic City, and 502-room Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Center: Atlantic City Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 486,600 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 45; (888) 222-3683

Airport Transit: Atlantic City International Airport, 10 miles northwest of the city. Transfer cost by airport shuttle, $15; by taxi, $30

Taxes: Luxury tax, 9%; sales tax, 4%; occupancy fee, 1%; tourism promotion fee, $2 per room for casino hotels, $1 per room for others; total tax on hotel rooms, 14% plus the tourism promotion fee

Group Venue:  Most fans associate Jimmy Buffet with tropical climes, but his Margaritaville Atlantic City, in the Resorts Casino Hotel, brings his laid-back style to the Garden State. The eatery has a stage for entertainment and a tiki bar for thirst-quenching. Private events for up to 500 guests can be accommodated. (609) 340-7616

Contact: Meet AC, (888) 222-3683