Small Market Meetings

NOV 2016

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Page 11 of 35 12 Industry News Smart TV, light-emitting diode lighting and outdoor dome cameras. The new conference center is designed to meet the growing demand for meeting ven- ues in the legendary seaside resort, according to Cem Erenler, vice president of operations and business development for TJM Properties, the Florida hospitality and real-estate com- pany that purchased the Claridge in 2014 and restored the property to its former Art-Deco style. "Atlantic City is ideal for a conference, social event or wedding," Erenler said. "It's easily reached by road, air and rail and LITTLE ROCK — After closing July 1, 2014, for extensive renovations, restoration and an expansion, Little Rock's Robinson Center is scheduled to reopen November 10, with brand-new conference facilities overlooking the Arkansas River and featuring a grand ballroom and outdoor terrace. Renovations completed during the $70 mil- lion project include enhanced acoustics, updated interior finishes, technology upgrades, and expanded public lobbies and restrooms. Other new additions include an on-site box office, a centrally located grand staircase to link multiple lobby levels, public drop-offs and parking garage vestibules. Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO Gretchen Hall said she is incredibly proud to note that the project is being delivered on time and on budget. New Conference Center at the Claridge Brings Historic Hotel's Meetings and Events Space to 100,000 Square Feet Robinson Center to Reopen After Extensive Expansion, Restoration and Renovation ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — In a major expansion of its conference, dining and event space, the historic Claridge Hotel celebrated the opening of the state-of-the-art Conference Center at the Claridge and introduced the chic new rooftop bar Vüe. The new conference center added 15,000 square feet of new meeting space, bringing the hotel's conference space to more than 100,000 square feet. The center includes a 6,400-square-foot room, perfect for general sessions or small trade shows, and four small- er conference rooms and boardrooms. The latest innovations in connectivity include within drive distance of several East Coast states. There's gaming, entertainment, shop- ping, golf, water sports, family-friendly activ- ities and great dining options." Vüe, the rooftop bar and lounge at the Claridge, is now also open to the public and can serve as a venue for private parties. With ocean views, a cosmopolitan menu and a contemporary design, Vüe is a chic new addi- tion to the Claridge's other popular venues, which include Malcolm's, the Twenties Restaurant, the Celebrity Lounge, and the Beer and Wine Garden in Bryant Park. The Claridge is celebrating the new facili- ties with a value-added comprehensive meet- ing package priced at $199 per person. Available Sunday through Thursday, the package includes luxury guest rooms; com- plimentary coffee; the services of a profes- sional banquet manager; continental break- fast and lunch in the meeting room; morning and afternoon coffee breaks; audiovisual ser- vices in the prime conference room with an LCD screen and a mic; pool access; parking; all food-and-beverage taxes and gratuities; and all room taxes and fees. "When working on a construction project of this magnitude with as many unknown variables regarding the structural integrity of a 76-year-old building, we are exceedingly grateful that we did not encounter significant unforeseen conditions and [are] very indebt- ed to the team of architects, engineers and construction professionals that have worked on this project." The project's new design combines historic significance with dramatic new modern addi- tions that take advantage of the building's location on the banks of the Arkansas River. The exterior envelope of the original building has been restored and is now visible in mul- tiple areas inside the new conference center addition. Courtesy Claridge Hogel Courtesy Little Rock CVB A new conference center brings an additional 15,000 square feet of meeting space to the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. Little Rock's Robinson Center will reopen this month after a two-year, $70 million renovation.

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