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Take a Spin at Pole Position Raceway for 23 Cents

In response to the recent gas tax increase, New Jersey’s Pole Position Raceway is offering a 23 cent race to all of the visitors to their Jersey City location on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The offer is only open to visitors that present a gas receipt as proof of a fill-up between Nov. 1 and Nov. 23.

The 80,000-square-foot facility has two quarter-mile tracks and karts that can go up to 45 MPH. They also offer V.I.P. spaces for private parties and corporate events as well as arcade games, flat screen TVs and authentic racing memorabilia.

IMEX America 2016 Breaks New Records

According to recently published figures, IMEX America 2016 has officially broken multiple records. The event, which was held Oct. 18–20, had an attendance increase of 14 percent from last year.

There was a 6 percent increase in the attendance of hosted buyers, making up 3,216 from 60 countries. About 10,000 buyers attended group appointments and prescheduled appointments were upwards of 60,000—far more than the numbers gathered in 2015.

Associated Luxury Hotels International Expands GSO Service with MGM Resorts International

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has become the newest member of the Associated Luxury Hotels International. The Atlantic City hotel has been owned and operated by MGM Resorts International since August. The 2,800-room hotel is ALHI’s first member hotel located in New Jersey.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa features 2,800 guest rooms and 88,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The Event Center has room for a banquet and flexible meeting space. The Music Box has a stage and stadium that can seat up to 1,000 guests.

Meet Trish Berry

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Trish Berry was recently hired as general manager at Ames Boston Hotel in Boston.

Westin Galleria Dallas Completes Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

The Westin Galleria Dallas has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation to the property. Every inch of the hotel has been updated, including the 448 guest rooms and 10 suites, the lobby, the 54,000-square-feet of meeting space and the hotel’s restaurant.

LA Rams Football Stars, First Guests at Waterfront Hotel

Rams football legends Rosey Grierm Dennis Harrah, Nolan Cromwell and LeRoy Irvin along with their teammates were the first guests to stay at the newly-opened Shade Hotel Redondo Beach.

“It was an honor to welcome the Rams Legends as our very first guests at the eagerly awaited phase one opening of Shade Redondo Beach,” said Michael Zislis, owner of Shade Hotels. “We are excited to have the Rams back in Los Angeles, and it was a magical way to celebrate the pinnacle opening of our newest Shade Hotel.”

Capri Construction Picked to Complete Gateway Playhouse

Somers Point City Council has selected Capri Construction to complete the interior renovations for the Gateway Playhouse. Funding to complete the theater was secured by two New Jersey state-funded grants, including a $400,000 grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and a $102,000 grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust. Renovations are slated to start in early October and will take an estimated seven months to complete.

Visit Philadelphia Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Visit Philadelphia, which began as a three-year experiment to increase tourism to the area, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. During the two decades of its existence, the CVB has  succeeded in drawing large numbers of people to the area, with 41 million people visiting in 2015—a 54 percent increase from 1997.

Scottsdale Plaza Resort Revealed Newly Renovated Suites

With 40 acres of land, 400 guest rooms, and 180 luxury suites, Scottsdale Plaza Resort has built a solid reputation. Solidifying this reputation is a renovation to their standard rooms.

The changes include new bathtubs, larger closet and vanity areas, granite counters and more.

“In less than six months we have gone from a ranking of 61 on Trip Advisor to 16, so clearly the renovations to our standard rooms contributed to that,” says Sheryl Bettencourt, director of marketing for the resort.

Jellystone Park Opens Laser Tag

At the end of July, the Jellystone Park at Whispering Pines in East Tyler, Texas, opened its long-anticipated laser tag game.

The laser tag is just under an acre in size and can accommodate up to 20 guests.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in this, so we’re eager to have the game up and running for our guests to enjoy,” says Don Tardy, the park’s co-owner who bought the campground four years ago with his wife, Jan, and her two adult children, Colt and Bree Perrin.

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