Resorts Casino Hotel announced an exciting expansion that is part of their long-term property reinvestment plan.

The $9.4 million multifaceted expansion will create an additional 12,000 square feet of event space that includes 11 new conference rooms. The changes follow the recent $35 million Jimmy Buffet-themed Margaritaville restaurant and the $70 million expansion of the hotel under Morris Bailey’s ownership.

“This conference center expansion is the latest example of the company’s reinvestment in the property and Atlantic City as a whole as we continue to strategize ways to revive and turn around this market,” says Morris Bailey, owner of Resorts. “From the growing demand for additional conference space from a new niche audience to the increasing popularity of Margaritaville, Resorts is showing a positive return on investment as a successful destination location on the East Coast.”

Construction is slated for the first quarter of 2015 and is planned to be completed the summer of this year.  Once complete, the hotel will have 64,000 square feet of meeting and event space consisting of 27 conference and event rooms that will be able to hold 40 to 1,350 guests. The changes will also include hotel bathroom renovations in the Ocean Tower.

“This expansion plan furthers the repositioning of Resorts as the company continues to make smart investments that will transform the property into a more vibrant, profitable destination with offerings beyond casino gambling,” says Mark Giannantonio, president and CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel. “As the only casino hotel in Atlantic City that boasts a dramatic floor to ceiling ocean view ballroom and Landshark Bar & Grill, a year-round beach event facility, we’ve already seen success in our meetings and convention business, with bookings up 46 percent over 2013. We’re thrilled to leverage that success and build upon it with this expansion.”

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.