Caesars Entertainment Corporation officially opened the doors to its Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.

“We are excited to introduce Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center as a major player in not only the Northeast, but the national meetings business,” says Michael Massari, senior vice president of national meetings and events, Caesars Entertainment Corporation. “The state-of-the-art center is conveniently located within driving distance of one-third of the nation’s population. Now, these convention goers can meet, eat and sleep all under one roof in a facility accompanied with dynamic hospitality offerings and amenities.”

Long awaited, the $125.8-million center has already booked meetings through 2019. Because of its existence, an increase of 90,000 advance room bookings for the next year at the resort has taken place, compared to 7,000 advance rooms from the previous 12 months.

There are 97 confirmed meetings, including Bradley Caldwell, Rita’s Italian Ice and Meeting Professionals International’s 2016 World Education Congress.The 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is now the largest conference-hotel complex from Baltimore to Boston.

Designed by Friedmutter Group and located in Atlantic City’s Marina District, the Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center can accommodate up to 5,000 attendees; it can break down into 56 separate small meeting rooms with up to 300 different configurations.

“The Waterfront Conference Center demonstrates our commitment to the revitalization of Atlantic City through major developments and investments in the booming meetings business,” said Mark Frissora, president/CEO, Caesars Entertainment Corporation. “For Atlantic City, this is an opportunity to attract a new type of customer to the city and significantly increase hotel occupancy, as well as drive revenue for local restaurants, retail outlets and other businesses.”

Mixology Mixer has launched several new team-building and stress-relief kits that offer fun virtual experiences. From coffee and chocolate tastings to hypnotherapy, Mixology Mixer’s activities are a great way to recalibrate and spend time together.

Founded by celebrity event planner Loni Paige, Miami-based Mixology Mixer was created during the pandemic to employ out-of-work bartenders while restaurants and bars closed around the country.

 

Hotels Moving Toward Recovery

The hotel industry will continue its path to recovery this year, but it won’t be without some speed bumps, and full recovery is still several years in the future. Those are the conclusions of the 2022 State of the Hotel Industry Report by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

Here are some of the top findings of the report, which was conducted with analysis by Oxford Economics.

» Hotel room revenues are projected to approach 2019 levels this year, reaching $168 billion.

 

Sports tourism was a big win for West Michigan last year. West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) generated over $55 million for the region in direct visitor spending through 100 sporting events. That’s more than a 300 percent increase from 2020 and a slight increase over 2019 revenue. According to tracking by WMSC, these 100 sporting events attracted 184,350 athletes and visitors and filled nearly 43,000 hotel room nights.