• New Attraction Planned for Atlantic City’s Steel Pier

     
    POSTED October 27, 2014
     
Atlantic City and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority plan to build the biggest of ferris wheel next to the iconic Steel Pier. 
 
Although the project still requires approval by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, CRDA executive director, John Palmieri, points out that the 220-foot-high wheel will not be a traditional ferris wheel. He refers to it as an ‘observation wheel.’
 
The structure will carry heated cabins that can be enjoyed year-round, even in the winter. There will be 40 climate-controlled cars on the wheel, which will feature padded seats with Wi-Fi access and even music for the wheel’s ride. Rides will last around 15 to 20 minutes. 
 
The wheel’s location is part of a larger plan to make the Pier a year-round attraction, which also means an expansion of the Steel Pier itself. A total of $8 million in loans for the wheel project have been authorized by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; however the wheel itself carries a 14 million dollar price tag. 
 
“We’re creating a more appealing place for visitation,” Palmieri said. “Obviously casinos are still a big employer, and they are the base part of the economy, but our focus is on diversity.”
 
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian says the observation wheel will be a good investment for his town. 

It’s always good to have market data for a glimpse at what’s happening in the meetings and events industry and know there are credentials for professionals to work toward. The Events Industry Council (EIC) has released its 2022 Q1 Global Business Events Barometer earlier this week and announced its inaugural class of CMP Fellows this spring.

 

Event planners often schedule meetings and events in natural places near wilderness areas, at waterfront resorts, and at mountain event spaces. But there are many ways to bring nature into your events by making use of the architectural concept of biophilic design, which can be defined as seeking to engage most people’s innate desires to affiliate with nature in the modern built environment. If you think of yourself as an “event architect,” you can use nature to stimulate the senses. 

 

It won’t be quite the same as ordering a pizza or nachos to be delivered to your front door but getting eats at venues is taking a leap toward convenience with a new collaboration: DoorDash has become ASM Global’s “On-Demand Delivery Platform” partner, launching at ASM Global’s top North American arenas, stadiums, theaters, and convention centers in the coming months. The partnership will allow attendees to skip traditional lines by leveraging DoorDash services to order within the arena for pickup.