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Atlantic City looks to diversify entertainment beyond casinos

Atlantic City looks to diversify entertainment beyond casinos

Atlantic City, in New Jersey, is currently undergoing a $100 million makeover in an effort to revitalize and spruce up the Boardwalk by focusing on entertainment attractions beyond gambling, according to The New York Times. The Atlantic City Alliance and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority are partnering up on DO AC, touted as the biggest marketing campaign focused solely on tourism in the city’s history. The main target of the collaboration is to publicize and promote all the various reasons to visit Atlantic City beyond going to a casino. “Everybody recognizes that the real future of Atlantic City rests in making the pie bigger, not just in cutting up the pie,” Kevin DeSanctis, the chairman and chief executive of the Revel Hotel and Casino Resort, told the news source. “The only way to do that is to figure out a way to add more amenities and more nongaming amenities so this really evolves into a much broader regional destination.” Some of the planned upgrades and diversification projects include revamping...

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Sheraton opens newest hotel in Tampa

Sheraton opens newest hotel in Tampa

The Sheraton Tampa East Hotel announced its opening, marking the brand’s fourth hotel in the greater Tampa area, according to Businessweek. The former Crowne Plaza hotel underwent a comprehensive $9 million renovation before being reopened and rebranded as a Sheraton hotel. It is owned by a joint venture between Interstate Hotels and Resorts, Waramaug Hospitality and a private investment group. “We are thrilled to expand the Sheraton brand in Tampa, and we invite travelers to experience the new look and feel of Sheraton ideally suited to premier businesses and attractions,” Hoyt Harper, the Global Brand Leader for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. “Sheraton Tampa East Hotel will feature all the latest signature Sheraton brand offerings, designed to create community and help guests make connections. While the hotel will welcome traditional travelers and vacationers to one of its 265 guest rooms, it is particularly ideal for business and social functions on a grander scale. With 30,000 square feet of fully renovated meeting and event space, a 5,000 square foot ballroom and...

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Luxury hotels cater to children and toddlers

Luxury hotels cater to children and toddlers

While many hotels are introducing programs marketed at teenagers and children, several luxury hotels are taking it a step further by providing even more luxurious hotel amenities for even younger children, according to The Wall Street Journal. As more parents have children later in life, when couples have the disposable income to travel, they are bringing toddlers and younger kids to high-price hotels more than ever. This has prompted luxury hotels to design programs in order to entertain the kids. The Rosewood Hotel and Resorts has spa services, such as the “Lily Complexion Perfection Facial” for kids aged 9 to 13 and mani-pedi packages for children as young as 5. Other hotels have introduced Montessori education programs, art appreciation groups, ice-cream buffets and video games. “Getting to the hearts of kids is the most powerful way to get to the hearts of parents,” Mark Novota, the managing partner of the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Chatham, Massachusetts, told the news source. That hotel opened a children’s center in...

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Margaritaville-themed expansion coming to Atlantic City

Margaritaville-themed expansion coming to Atlantic City

Resorts Casino Hotel is adding a themed expansion project to its Atlantic City location, inspired by singer Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville franchise, according to The Press of Atlantic City. The island-themed project will cost approximately $35.5 million and include two restaurants, a bar, retail outlets and additional gaming opportunities. A nearby beach bar with volleyball and bocce ball courts will also be part of the expansion, as well as a new facade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk that reflects the famous Margaritaville theme popularized by Buffett. “Here’s another bit of nontraditional-type entertainment coming to Atlantic City,” said Governor Chris Christie at the formal announcement. “Having Margaritaville here, an entirely different brand than anything you have up and down the Boardwalk now, we’re confident we’ll attract more and different types of people to Atlantic City.” The company has applied for grant financing from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Construction is expected to require the hiring of 238 construction personnel, along with an additional 45...

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Hospitality and Event Management | 0 comments

Riverboat casino in Louisiana adding 150-room hotel

Riverboat casino in Louisiana adding 150-room hotel

Pinnacle Entertainment revealed its plans to construct a hotel next to its Boomtown riverboat casino on Harvey Canal in Harvey, Louisiana, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Construction of the 150-room hotel is expected to take 13 months to complete and cost $20 million. The five-story building will feature a fitness center, meeting space and 250 parking spaces, along with its convenient location adjacent to the gaming riverboat. “In a time when many communities are struggling, we are pleased to work closely with the Boomtown management team on this exciting hotel project bringing new jobs and continued economic development to the West Bank,” said Ricky Templet, the Jefferson Parish Councilman. In addition to creating approximately 50 permanent jobs and 150 temporary construction jobs for the region, the hotel is also intended to help halt the downward slide of the casino’s financial performance of late. Providing a place near the casino for guests to stay might encourage more overnight bookings and increased opportunities to gamble at the casino. Revenues at...

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