ATLANTIC CITY CONVENTION CENTER TO WELCOME MORE THAN 13,000 BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS AND PRODUCT BUYERS OVER THREE EVENTS THIS WEEK
EVENTS WILL GENERATE MORE THAN 5,500 ROOM NIGHTS AND MORE THAN $9 MILLION IN DELEGATE SPENDING FOR ATLANTIC CITY
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Monday, March 9, 2015) From mortgage bankers to promotional product buyers, the week of March 9 will be a busy one at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The facility will welcome more than 13,000 attendees over the course of three events in the next five days.
Included among this week’s events is the 2015 Annual Regional Conference, Mortgage Bankers Association of New Jersey, which will take place on March 9 through March 12 and will host more than 1,500 attendees.
In addition, two distinctive tradeshows that the convention center will host this week are the 2015 Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS) and 2015 EXPO EAST (PPAI), which for the first time ever will be co-locating their two show floors together and will bring a collective audience of 12,000 qualified promotional product buyers to the show. The combined tradeshow will be held on March 12 through March 15.
The activity from this week’s events is expected to significantly boost revenue for Atlantic City’s local businesses. The estimated economic impact is expected to be more than $9 million and the number of hotel rooms that the convention center visitors will be occupying is approximately 5,838.
About Meet AC
Meet AC, Inc. was officially formed as a 501(c) (6) organization on June 23, 2014. Prior to its formation, the Meetings and Convention sales and marketing group was operating under the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). Meet AC, a tourism economic development agency, will focus on three primary objectives: sales, marketing and services.
For complete Atlantic City tourism and convention information, visit www.meetinac.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MeetAtlanticCity and Twitter at @Meet_AC.
Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages more than 125 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 24-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor, which operates in 48 of the 50 United States, also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.
About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) www.njcrda.com The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA responsibilities expanded to include land use regulation, clean and safe initiatives, tourism marketing, ownership and oversight of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall, and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to brand and market Atlantic City. The former ACCVA, now a division of CRDA, is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International.
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February 16, 2015
Award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay Leads British Invasion of the East Coast with the Opening of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Atlantic City, NJ
"We’re really excited about the opening after such a great success in Vegas. We have an amazing team and partnership with Caesars," said Gordon Ramsay, and we’re looking forward to bringing it to the East Coast.
Veteran gourmet chef and long-time Atlantic City culinarian George Galati will oversee all kitchen operations for the outlet. Best known for his co-starring role alongside Chef Robert Irvine in Dinner: Impossible on the Food Network, Galati adds nearly 30 years of gourmet experience to an already well-equipped culinary staff.
Hell’s Kitchen Season 13 winner, Chef La Tasha McCutchen has been tapped as head restaurant chef, under Chef George. A fan-favorite throughout Season 13, Chef LaTasha showed signs of her skill and culinary talents very early on, winning Chef Ramsay’s praise at crucial times. "I feel like I opened the doors to my future. I trusted in myself, I believed in myself and I know now that I have what it takes to be a true leader in this industry," said McCutchen on winning the competition.
The menu at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars features items consistent with British pub fare. Classic British favorites such as, bangers and mash and yorkshire rib roast, as well as some of Ramsay’s favorites like the beef wellington and wood-grilled lobster tail prepared on an oak-fired grill, will all be part of a rustic menu that will change seasonally. Paying homage to a true English pub, Chef Ramsay made sure a steak & ale pie, sticky toffee pudding and of course, the ale-battered fish & chips were included on his menu in Atlantic City.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill takes advantage of its location in the main Caesars hotel lobby with a patio area extending onto the casino floor where guests can be in the middle of the action. Pop culture relics from both England and the United States will fill the walls of the 250-seat restaurant, with an impressive bar, a vintage-style lounge, a series of casual dining rooms and a private dining room, giving guests a variety of culinary experiences to fit any mood. Twenty-four HD televisions have been strategically placed around the Pub and are set to showcase sporting events from across the world such as Premiere League matches, Pay Per View events and many of the MLB, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL and NASCAR events throughout the year.
EDG Interior Architecture + Design has created a space that is welcoming, high-energy and comfortable, utilizing distressed woods with cheeky references to historic and iconic events throughout the space. The centerpiece features a striking bar with an array of beer taps on display and the backdrop inspired by traditional London red telephone booths.
Along the length of the bar are more than 26 beers served up on tap, featuring well-known and craft brewers such as Wells & Young’s, Magners Original, Fuller’s, and local brewers such as Cape May Brewing Co. An additional 22 bottled beers from around the world and around the greater Atlantic City region will always be stocked, as well as 16 widget cans and other can beer options. A unique selection of beers on tap will be made available for take home in custom 64-ounce growlers.
"With the announcement of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars, Atlantic City continues to elevate itself as a culinary destination, one that features big television personalities, celebrity chefs, and now a Michelin-rated chef," said Kevin Ortzman, President of Caesars and Bally’s Atlantic City. "Chef Ramsay is one of the world’s most highly-regarded chefs as evidenced by his multiple culinary accolades and we are honored to partner with him at Caesars," continued Mr. Ortzman.
Chef Ramsay’s partnership with Caesars Entertainment now spans from coast-to-coast with Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars in Atlantic City and the highly successful openings in Las Vegas with Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and the recently announced Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips slated to open at The LINQ in the spring of 2015.
About Meetings and Events at Caesars Entertainment Corporation
The world's most geographically diversified casino-entertainment company, Caesars Entertainment offers meeting and event planners one dedicated team, united nationwide, committed to providing the most successful meeting experiences possible. With one call or email, planners have access to nearly 40 properties in 20 unique destinations, with 1.5 million square feet of meeting space and more than 42,000 guest rooms. Mix and match properties and venues within a destination under a single contract and minimum. Enjoy elite perks, rewards and privileges with our Total Rewards Meeting Diamond Program. For more information, please visit www.CaesarsMeansBusiness.com.
About Caesars Entertainment
Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CEC) is the world's most diversified casino-entertainment provider and the most geographically diverse U.S. casino-entertainment company. CEC is mainly comprised of the following three entities: the majority owned operating subsidiary Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, wholly owned Caesars Entertainment Resort Properties and Caesars Growth Properties, in which we hold a variable economic interest. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, 75 years ago, CEC has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and its portfolio of subsidiaries now operate 50 casinos in 13 U.S. states and five countries. The Company's resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah's® and Horseshoe® brand names. CEC's portfolio also includes the London Clubs International family of casinos. CEC is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. The Company is committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.
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Pete Peterson (PCCA)
PHILADELPHIA WILL MAKE HISTORY ONCE AGAIN AS HOST OF
2016 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
PHILADELPHIA…February 12, 2015… After months of anticipation, Philadelphia was announced today as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz named Philadelphia as the location, citing the city’s historic setting as a perfect place to hold the 2016 convention.
“I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States,” Wasserman Schultz said. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee.”
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) and Pennsylvania Convention Center leaders expressed enthusiasm with the selection.
“We are honored to be chosen as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Our selection validates what meeting planners across the country know – that Philadelphia is a world-class city ready for the world’s top meetings and conventions,” said Julie Coker Graham, PHLCVB Executive Vice President. “From the city’s walkability and vibrancy, to the comprehensive hotel package and ease of accessibility, we demonstrated why Philadelphia is the ideal location for this important convention throughout the DNC bid process. The delegate experience that we promote to our clients every day is one of our strongest assets and we are delighted that such a prominent group has chosen to come here.”
“This is a great day for Philadelphia and our region,” said Josh Shapiro, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. “Hosting the DNC is a unique opportunity to showcase our region’s history, arts and culture, and world-class hotels, restaurants, and citizens. Philadelphia’s selection underscores the importance of investing in our infrastructure – such as the Pennsylvania Convention Center – to put us in the best position to compete for major national events. This is not just an event for Democrats, this is an opportunity for all residents and businesses in the Philadelphia area. This victory was the result of a great team effort and many of our region’s leaders and stakeholders played an important role in putting together a viable bid and our selection.”
As part of the Philadelphia host committee, the PHLCVB worked with the City of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, Visit Philadelphia, the Independence Visitor Center, other members of the local hospitality community, as well as business leaders and elected officials, to highlight the city’s dynamic attractions. The DNC made its selection following two trips to Philadelphia where they visited the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Wells Fargo Center which will host the official DNC events. The Reading Terminal Market, Xfinity Live, Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Comcast Center, the National Constitution Center and Pat’s Steaks were also among the venues visited during the selection committee city tours.
Philadelphia was selected from a field of five cities including finalists Columbus, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York. The original field included Birmingham, Alabama and Phoenix, Arizona.
The Democratic National Convention was last held in Philadelphia in 1948 and the Republican National Convention was held in Philadelphia in 2000. The 2016 Democratic National Convention will generate between $170 and $250 million in economic impact for the city.
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), www.discoverPHL.com, a private non-profit membership corporation, is the official Tourism Promotion Agency for the City of Philadelphia globally, and the primary sales and marketing agency for the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center. The PCVB competes with its counterparts worldwide for convention and tourism business. The organization has departments dedicated to the multicultural, sports, and life sciences markets.