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Atlantic City Places its Bets on Nongaming Tourism

Atlantic City is continuing to focus on nongaming tourism options after four of its 12 casinos closed in 2014. This week the City Council approved an expansion of the Steel Pier on the city’s famed boardwalk. New additions will include a 205-foot-tall Ferris wheel with enclosed, climate-controlled cars, a zip-line attraction and new restaurants. In…

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“Boardwalk Empire” May be Adapted for the Big Screen

There are rumors that the hit HBO television series “Boardwalk Empire,” which recently concluded a five-season run, may be headed to the big screen. The popular crime drama, set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition era, is a fictionalized take on the life of racketeer bootlegger/politician Enoch “Nucky” Johnson. It starred actor Steve Buscemi. Hollywood…

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Future is Bright for Conventions and Hotel Occupancy in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Canal Walk Visit Indy has plenty to celebrate after posting record-breaking numbers for future convention hotel room nights last year. The Indianapolis convention and visitors bureau reports that it booked 880,552 room nights for upcoming conventions, surpassing its goal of 750,000 and marking the most future bookings. The previous record of  814,520 was set in…

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New DMAI Class Stretches from Amelia Island to Fairbanks

Amelia Island, Florida Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) has accredited a new group of organizations, including the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. This prestigious honor recognizes CVB destination marketing organizations that meet a high level of quality and performance standards within the industry. In addition to Amelia Island, DMAI has accredited Explore Fairbanks, Alaska;…

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U.S. Groups Face Major Hotel Crunch in Cuba

The number of American groups visiting Cuba is expected to soar after the loosening of travel restrictions last week, but at least initially, some of them might need to stay in low-end hotels or privately run guest houses. That’s because there’s only a handful of top-end Cuban hotels that meet international standards. It’s not just…

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Ease of Travel Restrictions Opens Cuba for U.S. Meetings

The U.S. government’s plans to ease travel restrictions to Cuba will enable meetings to take place there, and although many details still are being worked out, some guidelines already have been issued. Ammendments to Cuban Asset Control Regulations, which become effective today, stipulate that professional meetings and conferences are allowed, providing that the purpose of…

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Take a Bite Out of History in San Francisco

With more than 30 locations across the state, Boudin Bakery is a California classic for sandwiches, soup, salad and of course fresh-baked sourdough. Founded in San Francisco in 1849, Burgundian master baker Isidore Boudin sought to combine French breadmaking techniques with the sourdough popular among Californian gold miners. To this day, every single loaf of…

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