Escape AC, offering four classic Atlantic
City-themed rooms,” Zieries said. “Focusing
on engaging attendee experiences sets us
Following $200 million in property-wide
enhancements since 2013, including
100,000-plus square feet of renovated meet-
ing space, Tropicana’s expansion continues
with the recently acquired adjacent Chelsea
Hotel. Linked by an enclosed skybridge,
the 330-room boutique becomes Tropi-
cana’s fifth tower, adding 5,600 square feet
of conference space and lifting total room
inventory to just under 2,400.
At Mohegan Gaming Advisors-managed
Resorts Casino Hotel, F&B figures prom-
inently in the All-inclusive Meeting Plan
(AMP). Covering everything from audiovi-
sual to Wi-Fi, this exclusive package makes
all the difference for planners and groups,
as William Jackson, the property’s director,
sales and marketing explained.
“They find AMP easy to implement and
budget since it includes all costs associated
with their event and no surprise hidden
charges,” Jackson said. “The variety of
associated unique dining options makes
it unlike any other all-inclusive meeting
Rather than repetitive daily ballroom
buffets and banquets, AMP options include
dinner overlooking the ocean at award-win-
ning Capriccio Italian Restaurant or Galla-
gher’s Steakhouse. Popular too, are Jimmy
Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafe and Landshark
Bar & Grill. The latter, Atlantic City’s only
year-round full-service beach restaurant,
accommodates buyouts and 500-person
Entertainment venues include the
renowned Superstar Theater, while across
the Boardwalk, groups have the new Wheel
at Steel Pier. Rising 227 feet, the nation’s
third tallest observation wheel has 40
climate-controlled gondolas and expansive
reception area at the base.
Having invested $200-plus million in
redevelopment since 2012, MGM-owned
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, the region’s
market-leading resort destination, offers
106,000 square feet of group space in
combination with luxe sibling The Water
As reaffirmed by Michael Dominguez,
Latest + Greatest
chief sales officer for MGM Resorts Interna-
tional, the property reflects the company’s
“intentional focus on creating destination
venues driven by top-line shows, chefs and
Culinary centerpieces include Wolfgang
Puck American Grille and new Italian-in-
spired Angeline from Michael Symon.
Outdoor hot spots include the Borgata Beer
Garden, with indoor venues such as the
intimate Music Box, the 30,000-square-foot
Event Center, Gypsy Bar and the Vegas-style
➜ Featuring the centerpiece
125,000-square-foot Mohegan Sun
Expo Center ( www.mohegansun.
com/meetings), Mohegan Sun’s
225,000-square-foot meeting and convention space expansion is on schedule
for a late June 2019 opening. The $80
million project provides more board
rooms, an outdoor area with a wrap-around terrace and 20,000 square feet
of space earmarked for an entertainment and/or dining venue.
➜ Wind Creek Hospitality, an affiliate of
Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians, purchased Sands Bethlehem (www.
pasands.com) casino resort for $1.3 billion. The integrated resort includes the
AAA Four Diamond, 282-room Sands
Hotel, 12,000 square feet of meeting space and 14,000 square feet of
tradeshow space. Subject to regulatory
approval and other closing conditions,
the property joins Wind Creek Hospitality’s nine casinos and racetracks, most
in the South and the Caribbean.
➜ Expected to open this summer, Hard
Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City (www.
hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com) is the
$500 million total makeover of Taj
Mahal, exterior included. Renovation
highlights include 1,971 guest rooms,
with hospitality suites for special
events; 119,000 square feet of meeting
space; a 7,000-capacity performance
venue; a reimagined Hard Rock Cafe;
dining and bar experiences throughout;
and a seasonal beach bar.
➜ Slated to open this spring, the new
310-room Live! Hotel ( www.marylan
dlivecasino.com) adds 350,000 square
feet of space to adjacent Live! Casino,
Maryland’s largest gaming facility.
The $200 million investment includes
the Grand Event Center, with a 1,500-
seat concert venue; pre-function and
meeting space; an executive boardroom;
and banquet capability for 800 people.
The hotel also features the region’s first
outdoor gaming area. Phase two calls
for 4,000-person concert seating and
doubling the banquet space.
➜ Targeting a third-quarter 2018 opening,
MGM Springfield ( www.mgmspringfield.
com) is the first full-scale casino resort
licensed by Massachusetts. The $950
million integrated development in downtown Springfield will feature a 250-
room boutique hotel and some 40,000
square feet of flexible space. MGM will
also bring entertainment to the nearby
100,000-square-foot MassMutual Center’s 8,000-seat arena.
➜ Unveiled in February, the $1.2
billion Resorts World Catskills (www.
rwcatskills.com) in Monticello, N. Y.,
features an 18-story hotel with 332
luxury suites; a 2,500-seat event venue;
and multiple F&B concepts, including
celebrity chef Scott Conant’s high-end
Italian steakhouse, Cellaio. An indoor
waterpark and golf course are slated for
➜ Scheduled to open in June 2019, the
$2.4 billion Wynn Boston Harbor (www.
wynnbostonharbor.com) in suburban
Everett reportedly includes a 671-
room tower and 50,000 square feet
of meeting space. At press time, the
Massachusetts Gaming Commission
was still investigating sexual misconduct allegations against Stephen Wynn,
with revocation of the project’s gaming
license being one potential outcome.
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