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May/June 2022

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B M & T ••• May/June 2022 ••• 54 GARDEN STATE OFFERS EASY ACCESS AND TONS OF OPTIONS BY SOLOMON J. HERBERT II Looking for a new location for your next meeting or convention? Consider New Jersey! Located conveniently between both New York City and Philadelphia, New Jersey offers unique locations to host your group or event. Whether you are looking for big city cul- ture or small-town charm, New Jersey can offer your group a variety of facilities to meet all your needs. New Jersey has an endless array of premium venues in addition to exciting and culturally enriching destinations across the state! This destination is loaded with traditional, contemporary and historic locations plus unique "off- the-beaten path" venues for social, team-building or corporate retreats. • • AT AT A LANTIC CITY • • Located in the heart of the Northeast, within an easy day's drive of one-third of the U.S. population, choosing Atlantic City for meetings gives meeting plan- ners access to a huge market from which to draw attendees, exhibitors and customers. Approximately 100 miles from New York, less than 300 miles from Boston, less than 60 miles from Philadelphia and 150 miles from Washington, D.C., Atlantic City, NJ expo centers and meeting facilities put the buyers, sellers, movers and shakers all within easy reach. The Atlantic City Convention Center is the largest convention center in New Jersey. This venue is equipped with 486,600 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, five spacious exhibit halls and 45 meeting rooms ranging in size from 11,880 sq. ft. to 672 sq. ft. The conven- tion center is committed to preserving its unique seaside environment while providing a safe, healthy atmosphere for guests. "Going Green" has consistently been one of the Center's main operating objectives. Several initiatives have already been implemented throughout the facility while others are in the works. Atlantic City offers 17,626 hotel rooms – 15,139 of these in gaming prop- erties, all of which are easily accessible by air, New Jersey Transit, rail or road along with the convenience of being within a day's drive of 1/3 of America's population. It may come as no surprise that some of Atlantic City's greatest draws are its casinos. Atlantic City gaming action comes in virtually every variety. Take a seat at a high-stakes poker table or play the penny slots if that's your thing – there's something fun for everyone on the Boardwalk casinos. Atlantic City hotels and resorts offer casino gaming- action, amazing views, fine dining and luxurious lodging all under one roof, while bed and breakfasts provide space to recharge and chain hotel rooms offer the most bang for your budget. Atlantic City embraces the diversifica- tion that settles within its resort borders. Beyond the waves and casinos, Atlantic City has evolved into a mecca of multi- cultural fusion. Home to the only African Heritage Museum in NJ and The Atlantic City Experience, the city's historical museum, AC is notorious for unique his- torical and cultural experiences. Take a bite into culture and transport your taste buds around the planet. Atlantic City cui- sine can take you anywhere is the world with restaurants specializing in Latin, African American, Chinese, Indian, and Japanese foods. The Civil Rights Garden is a tranquil public sculpture garden comprised of 11 granite columns, winding pathways, plants, flowers, Gingko trees and sculp- tures with inscriptions related to the his- tory, events and people of the Civil Rights movement. If you are contemplating meeting in Atlantic City, be sure to reach out to Sandi Harvey, Meet AC's Vice President AREA GUIDES N E W J E R S E Y Atlantic City Boardwalk • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Bally's Atlantic City 1,245 The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa 2,000 Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino 1,144 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 2,032 Harrah's Atlantic City 2,590 Sheraton Atlantic City 502 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Atlantic City Convention Center Total Exhibit Space 486,600 sq. ft.. Meeting Rooms 45 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Meet AC – (609) 318-6063 Atlantic City Boardwalk photo credit: Meet AC

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