East Region: Latest & Greatest, April Edition
Hard Rock to Open in Atlantic City • New Jersey
Atlantic City’s famed Boardwalk welcomes a fresh new face when the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opens this summer. Adjacent to Steel Pier and just north of famed Resorts Casino, the newest Hard Rock property will bring thousands of new jobs with incredible entertainment offerings to the city. The ambitious development aims to become Atlantic City’s go-to entertainment destination with a gaming floor that includes 2,200 slots and 125 table games. Set on 17 acres, the property will boast a rock-chic interior, fine-dining steak and seafood concepts, and casual eateries.
Tour Operator Launches Receptive Business • New Hampshire
Terrapin Tours, a regional group tour outfit based in the White Mountains, has launched a receptive tour division. NH Discover Tours is the brainchild of Kelly Cooke and her team of tourism professionals. Cooke commented, “I’m born and raised in the White Mountains so this is my favorite part of the state, and I just don’t think that you can top the beauty of this area. But we’re certainly planning to focus on the whole state and be able to show people that we’ve got so much to offer. We can literally go from eating lobster at the seacoast to the top of Mount Washington in a day.” (nhdiscoverytours.com)
Buffalo Niagara CVB Features 12 Tour Itineraries • New York
There’s a renaissance going on in the upstate community of Buffalo. Restored historic architecture, new hotels, innovative restaurants and craft breweries show off a revitalized waterfront. The bureau’s group tour staff has captured a collection of things to see in do in a series of 12 itineraries featured on their website. Themes include family fun, art & architecture, students, holidays, natural splendors, gardening, scouting, religious and technical tours. Download them at visitbuffaloniagara.com/travel-trade/group-itineraries/.
Impressive Broadway Line-up in Providence • Rhode Island
Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Providence Performing Arts Center has rolled out its line-up of shows through the summer of 2019. The theater will host three tour-opening shows—Miss Saigon, The Band’s Visit (currently on Broadway in NYC) and Cats. Additionally, the much-anticipated local debut of Hamilton is slated for in the summer of 2019, plus Broadway favorites Anastasia, School of Rock and Waitress will all appear at the center.
New Online Tour Guide for Great Lakes • Pennsylvania
Four counties in Northwestern Pennsylvania have joined forces on a regional tour guide promoting the area’s group-friendly activities and events. Known as Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region, Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Venango counties partnered together to create the digital guide, which features a handy regional map showing close proximity to gateway cities, a series of group tour experiences and what’s new throughout the counties. Download a copy at pagreatlakes.com/grouptourguide.html