Harrah’s Atlantic City Convention Center & WEC 2016

By Jorge Lopez | news

May 25

With the conventions and meetings market worth an estimated $16 billion and with most organizations typically booking in convention destinations like Las Vegas and Orlando, Caesars Entertainment, which operates 3 of the 8 casinos in Atlantic City, spent over $125 million to build the largest Hotel-Conference center from Baltimore to Boston.

Having a grand opening, going on 7 months as of the upload of this video, Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Iconic Marina District - Now the Largest Hotel-Conference center for Harrahs, by a landslide. Winning the prestigious “Award of Excellence in Architectural Design” - from the Pennsylvania Society of Architects.

The Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center has 500,000 contiguous sq. ft. of Exhibit Space occupying a site of nearly 31 acres makes it one of the East Coast’s largest Convention Centers

    • It has 5 spacious exhibit halls ranging in size from nearly 30,000sq. feet to almost 200,000 square feet.
      • 45 Meeting rooms with room dimensions ranging from 672 square feet to 11,880 sq feet, they surround the expansive atrium lobby with a total of 109k square feet
        • 29 covered loading docks with drive-in doors, mechanical elevators, and 1,400 parking spaces

And, It is connected to the Atlantic City Rail Terminal that runs the line from Philadelphia to Atlantic City.

​Of Course the center has “Gone Green” which has been a consistent, objective of the Convention Center. With many initiatives implemented throughout the facility to better conserve and reuse resources through recycling and alternative energy sources like the their solar panels, that is saving them 28% in energy cost, High efficiency, energy lighting saving thousands of dollars, recycling bins for all event spaces, and they are on their way to being Leed Certified which should make this venue very appealing to you green planners out there.

​“Why build the new Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic CIty?”

Michael Massari, Senior Vice President of National Meetings and events of Caesars Entertainment and a member of the MPI Philadelphia Chapter says, “Given that Atlantic City has very little to no industry, the only way to introduce business travelers in a meaningful way was through events - hence, the Waterfront Conference.”

​For 30 years the casinos in Atlantic City were a $5 billion market and then for the past five years or so it just tanked by HALF!

​Steve Van Der Molen - Vice President of Meetings Operations for the Atlantic City region for Caesars Entertainment says that, right now in that region, Atlantic City only captures 1% of the convention and meetings business, which does about 16,000 meeting a year and yet it is only a couple hours driving distance of One-Third of the U.S. Population.

​From cities like: New York - New Jersey - Pennsylvania - Connecticut - Delaware - Rhode Island - Massachusetts - Maryland - & DC

In an article written by Phil Hevener - Gaming Today - interviewed Massari, who said that this facility has finally given meeting planners an option in the Northeast with larger space, flexibility and functionality necessary to elevate the quality of their meetings.

​“It has filled a void” Massai continued to say - in the market and put Atlantic City on the map as a premier destination for meetings and conventions.

​Since September of 2015 the Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center has nearly doubled its booked meetings and conventions through 2019 and expects to bring nearly 300,000 conference attendees to Atlantic City. Total room nights booked are currently at almost 200,000 — up from 140,000 in September 2015

​And With 2- 50,000 square-foot ballrooms that can be configured 200 different ways and making more than 60 smaller rooms that can accommodate meetings of all sizes..

​The future for meeting and event planners is looking brighter with the Harrah’s waterfront conference center.

​We here at Adroit Sound & Entertainment are extra excited by this because in June of 2016 - less than a month from now, the World Education Congress [WEC]

​An education program powered by the [MPI] Meeting Professional International Academy - a company that brings you meeting and event education “for Both Sides of your brain”

​Will be held there and Meet AC will be providing all WEC participants with Free Round-Trip ground transportation shuttle service from the Philadelphia International airport & the Atlantic City International airport to WEC’s host hotels - Harrah’s Resort, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, and the Golden Nugget

This event will bring in more than 2000 attendees worldwide and is set for June 11th thru the 14th

​As a Visitor to the beautiful convention when entering the building you will be welcomed by a 90-foot high skylit atrium lobby complete with a lobby concierge, sculptures and art.

​Artist Jonathan Borofsky created the five flying fish sculptures suspended above the atrium floor. And the Twenty seven cast stone sculptures, were created by Thomas Van Dyke of Prospect Park and cast by American Trim Stone of Haskell.

​Harrah's Resort has a Tropical Oasis with a pool that is 82 degrees only 365 days a year, Caribbean cuisine, private massages, and bikini-clad Servers

​A 24-hour X-Bar which gives a 360-degree view of the casino floor, could make for some interesting people watching

​An Eden Lounge with free live entertainment and of course it just wouldn’t be right without the galleria-style Atlantic Cities Waterfront Shops.

sources:

https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-ac/things-to-do

http://www.themeetingmagazines.com/

http://www.meetinac.com/

http://www.mpiweb.org/

http://www.mpiweb.org/Events/wec-2016/

http://www.mpiweb.org/mpi-academy

http://www.mpiweb.org/blog/all/1100012-michael-pinchera/2016/04/08/rebirth-of-a-legend

http://www.gamingtoday.com/industry/article/60120-Harrah_s_Atlantic_City_conference_center_fills_void#.VzZaWYQrJaQ

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