Monthly Archives: March 2010

TradeWinds Island Grand – Official Beach Resort of the Tampa Bay Rays – Hosts “Away” Game Watching Parties on the Beach

When: Sunday, April 18 – 1:35 p.m. – vs. Boston Red Sox
Sunday, May 23 – 2:05 p.m. – vs. Houston Astros
Sunday, June 6 – 3:05 p.m. – vs. Texas Rangers
Sunday, July 18 – 1:05 p.m. – vs. New York Yankees
Sunday, August 22 – 4:05 p.m. – vs. Oakland Athletics
Sunday, September 12 – 1:07 p.m. – vs. Toronto Blue Jays

What: The TradeWinds Island Grand, the Official Beach Resort of the Tampa Bay Rays, are inviting baseball fans to head out to St. Pete Beach for fun-filled, family-friendly game watching parties all season long.

The games will be broadcast on a huge screen directly on the beach. Radio station 620 WDAE “The Sports Animal” will broadcast live starting with their pre-game show and during the party and will be doing prize giveaways, including a certificate for a Beach Getaway at the TradeWinds per game. Food and beverages including grilled burgers and chicken sandwiches, wings and bratwurst with sauerkraut will be available for purchase.

Open to the public.

Location: TradeWinds Island Grand – Beach front
5500 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach

Cost: Admission is complimentary.

Parking: Complimentary event parking will be available at both TradeWinds properties – the Island Grand and the neighboring Sandpiper Suites, until lots are full.

More Information:
For additional information, please call (727) 367-6461.

ASAE & The Center Boards Approve Historic, Future-Focused Change, Create Foundation

WASHINGTON—Following a two-day meeting in conjunction with the 2010 American Association Day, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership Boards today approved a name change for the organization. Based on a recommendation from a task force appointed by The Center Board, the organization’s name will become ASAE, with a tag line “The Center for Association Leadership.” In addition, the current 501(c)3 entity will become the ASAE Foundation, with a tag line “Advancing Association and Nonprofit Leadership,” to support the organization’s mission in the areas of research, leadership and innovation.

“In our 90-year history, our organization has had several different names but we’re more than just a name,” said Velma R. Hart, CAE, chairman of the ASAE Board, national finance director/chief financial officer at AMVETS National Headquarters. “We always push ourselves to be the leader in the association profession and this name change will enable us to serve our constituents even better. The new name and the Foundation will help us position what we do for the association and nonprofit community more effectively than we have in the past and we also expect there will be less confusion about the mission of our organization with external audiences, who may not realize the tremendous impact of our sector.”

Although the changes are effective today, the organization will continue operating under its current brand with more information being released at the 2010 Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 21-24, 2010, in Los Angeles. In the upcoming months, ASAE staff will meet with the creative team at Ogilvy PR Worldwide to craft strategy for integrating the changes into the existing brand and infrastructure.

“These announcements follow a great deal of discussion by the ASAE and The Center Boards and we believe this is the best approach for the positioning of our organizations,” said Robin Lokerman, CMM, chairman of The Center Board, chief executive officer of Institutional Division at MCI Group. “The task force and both Boards believe that the name and the Foundation will better position our organization for future opportunities. This will also be a good opportunity for us to reach out to new groups as we’re expanding the reach of the association community.”

The Boards also approved the continuation of The Power of A, the awareness campaign launched by ASAE last year to promote the many ways in which associations and nonprofit organizations benefit American society. More information on the future of the campaign will be released at the 2010 Annual Meeting.

“Our advocacy efforts on behalf of the community are an ongoing part of our business and this work provides our members with a tangible example of how their investment in us benefits the association community,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. “We also believe the campaign has merit on a broader scale. As we began to hear positive feedback on the clarity and strength of The Power of A premise, we decided to more closely integrate the messaging of the campaign into our overall communication platform, which moving forward, will encompass a broader range of audiences who need to learn about the power of associations.”

The Boards also continued the discussion on the innovation project, approved by the Boards in Spring 2009 to explore how ASAE can better serve small staff organizations. The project launched in Fall 2009 engaging a team of 11 volunteers and 12 staff in exploring how an innovation management process could work in the association community. ASAE would serve as an innovation champion for the association community, pursue innovation as a discipline and promote a culture diversity of thought, experimentation and learning and broad based collaboration.

For more information, read the letter from John H. Graham IV, CAE outlining the changes.

About ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in 50 countries around the world. The Center for Association Leadership is the premier provider of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association profession. Together, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association community. For more information about ASAE & The Center, visit www.asaecenter.org.

EPIC Hotel “Springs Forward” with Popular Power Hour Meetings Package

For Meetings Booked During Daylight Savings, Starting March 14, 2010, EPIC Helps Groups Get Back that Lost Hour

With the start of Daylight Savings on March 14, 2010, the EPIC Hotel is giving meeting attendees back the most valued resource of all – their time. Helping planners execute the most productive meetings possible, EPIC is bringing back its popular Power Hour meetings package, designed to provide groups with more time to meet, network and do business.

EPIC, the luxury lifestyle waterfront boutique hotel in downtown Miami offering the most comprehensive and distinctively designed meeting space in the market, with services and amenities to match, is committed to creating memorable meetings that are also strong on value. Understanding the need to maximize meetings to generate the greatest return for time spent by participants, the EPIC Power Hour meetings package includes:

• One hour early check-in
• One hour later check-out
• Daily hosted wine hour (5-6 p.m.)
• Area 31 Blissful Sixty Happy Hour (Fridays 5-7 p.m.), with specialty pricing
• One hour exhale massage for the meeting planner or designee
• One category room upgrade for VIP

In addition, planners can choose one of the following:
• Extend your one-hour cocktail reception, and the second hour is FREE – or
• 10 percent off published banquet menu prices

The EPIC Power Hour meetings package must be booked by April 30, 2010 and consumed by November 6, 2010, when the clocks are set back once again. For more information, call EPIC sales at 305-424-5226 or to send requests for proposals, contact sales@epichotel.com. Offer is subject to availability and offered to groups that contract 50 rooms or more on peak nights for a minimum of two nights. Offer cannot be applied in combination with other special offers or already contracted groups.

Recently chosen as a Top 10 Luxury Hotel, a Top 10 Trendiest Hotel and a Top 25 Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor® in its 2010 Travelers’ Choice® Awards, the EPIC Hotel provides a distinctive lifestyle experience from its personalized service and attention, style and design, versatile meetings space, to its top-rated pool deck, restaurant and newly opened exhale spa. With the ability to host from the most elaborate to the most intimate types of events and gatherings, EPIC’s indoor meeting space and facilities are all conveniently located on the hotel’s 14th floor and include eight flexible meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 300 guests (Metropolis Ballroom pictured above). In addition, EPIC offers two state-of-the-art executive boardrooms – the Wayne Boardroom and Xavier Boardroom, which accommodate up to 10 individuals each. Both are equipped with the latest audio and visual capabilities, LCD flat-panel monitors, projections and screens, sound and lighting systems, as well as Wi-Fi accessibility.

EPIC offers the space and tools that executives need most to stay focused, feel comfortable and remain well-connected when traveling away from the office or participating in high-powered meetings. High-tech amenities available to guests include desktop computers in all 411 guestrooms; complimentary Wi-Fi for Kimpton In Touch members throughout the entire hotel; as well as a 24-hour business center with printing capabilities.

Managed by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, EPIC is located at the edge of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay, and combines the timeless style of a cosmopolitan boutique hotel with the amenities of a resort to create a sophisticated recreation oasis for guests amidst the energy and pulse of Miami. EPIC is located just a short distance from area beaches, local shopping districts and a thriving arts and culture scene, with many museums, restaurants, shops and theaters within walking distance. The hotel’s 411 rooms and suites are high on style, artfully designed by Cheryl Rowley, with furnishings that convey an understated sense of cool. All rooms and suites feature private balconies that provide inspiring views of the city and bay.

EPIC is located at 270 Biscayne Blvd Way. For more information on EPIC and/or reservations, please call (866) 760-3742 or (305) 424-5226 or visit www.epichotel.com.

Colorado Springs Shines Among Colorado Meetings + Events Magazine’s 2010 Best of Colorado Award Winners

Colorado Springs, Colo., — The best of the meetings and events industry was on display March 15 as 600+ planners and suppliers applauded the industry’s finest at the fourth annual Colorado Meetings + Events magazine Best Of Colorado awards celebration at The Denver Art Museum. The event was the kick-off for the first-ever Meetings Week coordinated by the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado.

The readers’ choice awards honor the dedication and creativity of event professionals who have earned the respect and admiration of their clients and peers. Award winners in 21 categories were selected through an online reader poll. Due to the superior customer service and efficient work of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau sales department, Colorado Springs was named as the Best Meeting & Event Destination outside of the Denver metro area.

Other Colorado Springs winners include the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as the Best Attraction outside of the Denver metro area and The Broadmoor as the Best Meeting and Event Venue that holds over 500 outside of the Denver metro area.

“We are pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions of these organizations and individuals to the meetings and events industry, which plays an important role in Colorado’s vitality and economy,” says Beth Buehler, editor of Colorado Meetings + Events. Partners that helped make the celebration a night to remember include the Denver Art Museum, Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group, Fastlane Productions Inc., Starkey Productions/Pro Entertainment, Design Works, Event Rents, Frances Photography, and Zero Sun.

Colorado Meetings + Events magazine is one of nine regional meetings and events magazines published by Tiger Oak Publications, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. The idea-driven magazine focuses on the issues facing today’s meeting and event professionals in Colorado and beyond and looks to address all aspects of the industry through in-depth feature stories, insightful departments and helpful news and updates on tips and trends. For more information and to view photos from the event, visit co.meetingsmags.com.

Experience Colorado Springs – the Convention & Visitors Bureau, is the leading marketing organization for group travel and tourism to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. We are dedicated to a strong national and international presence so that tourism is a primary contributor to a thriving local economy. We maintain a visible presence as a community leader so that our industry members grow and prosper.

Lessons from a virtual world – IMEX interviews Cisco

A one-hour head to head webinar with Angie Smith, Cisco’s Global Sales Experience Manager, who was responsible for organising the company’s first ever entirely online Global Sales Experience for 20,000 people in 2009 has revealed some valuable and candid lessons for other meetings and events industry professionals.

Smith’s interview debunks some of the myths about the costs of running large-scale virtual events and how they compare to face-to-face. She also explains that, although the company’s communications goals for the event were fully met, other goals for recognition and motivation fell short. In feedback, Cisco sales teams made it clear that looking their peers and directors in the eye and receiving recognition and applause in front of a live audience is fundamental to feeling rewarded and appreciated, no matter how exciting other elements can be.

The webinar, which was broadcast live using Cisco’s Webex and LiveStream technology, shows Smith in conversation with David Kliman, President of the Kliman Group, as part of the IMEX Meetings for Success programme.

The interview reveals:-

– How much participants must be consulted about virtual event content in order to feel engaged
– The true scale of the technology challenge, even when you’re a leading technology company
– How Board level buy-in is critical to success and credibility
– That it’s vital to understand what you are measuring and why, and how to make sure data tells a ‘valuable’ story that’s relevant to the business

The webinar is available to view free of charge at http://www.imex-frankfurt.com/webinar.html

The next IMEX takes place 25th – 27th May 2010 at Messe Frankfurt.

Media Grill & Bar Comes Online at Hilton Anatole

Fully wired restaurant and lounge combines technology & design
for interactive dining experience

(Dallas, TX) – All those 1s and 0s make for a digital dynamo at a premier Dallas hotel. The legendary Hilton Anatole welcomes its newest marvel, Media Grill + Bar – a fully interactive restaurant experience featuring contemporary American bistro cuisine, deluxe bar, dancing, and the latest in technology, including the largest commercial flat screen television available in the country and an interactive bar, one of two in the U.S. Located in the former Crocodile Disco, the new $5 million venue is the beginning of an extensive $25 million renovation of the Hilton Anatole’s Atrium II area.

Hilton Anatole’s Director of Food and Beverage Ed Dorman and Executive Chef Thomas Welther traveled to the hottest cities in America researching innovative concepts, designs, and trends to create the dynamic Media Grill + Bar. Says Dorman, “It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that embodies the new look and feel coming to the Hilton Anatole.”

i-Bar + world wide wow

Designed by the internationally-renowned restaurant and hospitality design firm EDG, the 7,500-sq.ft. space with seating for 284 is warm and inviting with sleek, contemporary furniture, natural wood walls and earthy tones, a neutral environment for the colorful buzz of technology. The welcoming bar area, a central focus upon entering, is the perfect locale for gathering with a wrap-around bar accented with LED lighting, two lounge areas and a communal table, fondly nicknamed “The i-Bar” for its interactive technology. A large image of the world wide web soars over the lower-level dining room, and a neighboring private dining area seats 54.

What makes Media Grill + Bar truly unique is its technology. Digital divas and debonairs are offered free Wi-Fi, LED lighting, Bluetooth filing capabilities, and 26 HD displays, including a 103-inch plasma screen – the largest commercial flat screen available in the U.S. In addition, a multi-touch “Moovit” Displax™ interactive floor projects images to the floor and reacts to motion when guests walk over it. Plus, videos and images from a Blu-Ray Disc™ player are projected onto frosted glass, which can be viewed as a mirror image by guests seated on opposite sides of a dividing wall.

food + drink

All this technology can make a surfer hungry, and Media Grill + Bar delivers deliciousness.

Media Grill + Bar’s menu offers a selection of flatbreads, gourmet salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts. Flatbreads “rise” to the occasion with toppings like grilled shrimp and chorizo; organic mushrooms, roasted garlic and manchego cheese; and smoked bacon, caramelized onion and ricotta. Delectable entrees include Crabcake Sandwich with peppered bacon, tomato, green apple slaw and chipotle mayo on brioche bun; Cassoulet of braised lamb shank, duck, chicken, sausage and white bean; and Braised Local Short Ribs with root vegetable puree. From a Valencia Orange Tart and vanilla syrup to White Chocolate Semi-Fredo and poached fruits, desserts are not to be forgotten.

The high-energy bar (as in a real bar, serving alcohol) features 12 American craft draught beers – including five Media Grill + Bar exclusives – wines, specialty cocktails and a late night bar menu available until 2 a.m. Starting at 10:30 p.m., tables are pushed to the side and a DJ takes over the dance floor.

touch + technology

One of Media Grill + Bar’s most tweetable features is its Interactive Bar, or “I-Bar” for short, which is one of only two in the country. Created and developed by Mindstorm Interactive, the flat surface features touch-sensitive lighting via eight interchangeable effects, such as bubbles, lasers, flowers, graphs and more. Customized logos and messaging can be programmed into the system for private groups and events as well, while six electric outlets serve as a charging station for laptops, smart phones and other mobile devices.

Touch-of-a-button ease extends to staff, as well. All systems, including music selection, volume, television channels and video playback, are administered through six cable feeds. An easy-to-use, touch-screen selection display located in back of house monitors and controls each function.

“With the Media Grill + Bar, we wanted to incorporate the kind of technology that not only engages each individual guest, but also creates the opportunity for them to connect and interact with each other,” explains Dorman.

Now that’s what you call social networking.

About Hilton Anatole

Located just three miles from Downtown Dallas, the Hilton Anatole is a renowned destination unto itself. The hotel features 1,606 richly appointed guest rooms and suites, more than 344,000 square feet of meeting and function space, a priceless art collection, impeccable dining and the refreshing V Spa. Start your legendary experience today at the Hilton Anatole hotel – where a warm welcome and world of luxury await. For more information, call 214.748.1200 or visit www.hiltonanatole.com.

About Media Grill + Bar

In the heart of Dallas’ own Hilton Anatole lies a pulsating vibe of digital deliciousness. Combining outstanding edibles with an interactive atmosphere, Media Grill + Bar is a unique location for dinner out, drinks with friends or business associates, corporate events and late-night dance parties. Features such as an Interactive Bar (“i-Bar”), the world’s largest commercial HD plasma flat-screen and a host of other techy treats provide an unparalleled interactive media experience for guests. Open seven days a week, Media Grill + Bar serves lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with a late-night menu available from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, a DJ spins from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and tables are pushed back to reveal a touch-sensitive dance floor. Complimentary valet available with validation from Media Grill + Bar. For more information about Media Grill + Bar, please call 214.761.7439.

EPIC Hotel Puts Time On Your Side This Daylight Savings With Power Hour Package

While Everyone Else Springs Forward, EPIC Guests Receive an Hour Back and 20 Percent Savings Beginning March 14, 2010

Providing guests with more time to relax in the sun, indulge in great spa and dining experiences, and enjoy a thoroughly hip and cosmopolitan Miami getaway, Kimpton’s EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami launches its Power Hour leisure package, giving guests back that extra hour lost when daylight savings begins on March 14, 2010.

Recently chosen as a Top 10 Luxury Hotel, a Top 10 Trendiest Hotel and a Top 25 Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor® in its 2010 Travelers’ Choice® Awards, the EPIC Hotel provides a distinctive lifestyle experience from its personalized service and attention, style and design, to its top-rated pool deck, restaurant and newly opened exhale spa. Developed to provide guests with their full 24-hours worth of exceptional services and amenities during their vacation stay, EPIC’s Power Hour package includes:

• 20 percent off deluxe guestroom
• One hour early check-in
• One hour later check-out
• Daily hosted wine hour (5-6 p.m.)
• Area 31 Blissful Sixty Happy Hour (Fridays 5-7 p.m.), with specialty pricing
• Complimentary fitness center access
• Complimentary coffee and tea each morning

With the Power Hour leisure package, guests receive extra time to experience everything EPIC has to offer. For an inspired meal, guests can visit Area 31, which was recently named “One of the Best New Restaurants of 2009” by Esquire magazine. Area 31 features a dramatic menu of fresh, premium seafood prepared with a Mediterranean influence and offers a Blissful Sixty Happy Hour (Fridays 5-7 p.m.), with specialty pricing. EPIC also welcomes guests to experience exhale, a highly-acclaimed unique spa concept that combines therapeutic services with a host of complementary offerings including proprietary core classes, spa therapies and transformational mind, body and fitness experiences. For those seeking to enjoy Miami’s nightlife, guests can head down to River Lounge, Miami’s lively and newest hotspot by the river offering music and cocktails.

The EPIC Power Hour leisure package is subject to availability and must be booked by April 30, 2010. To book, guests can visit www.epichotel.com and enter rate code “POWER”. Offer cannot be applied in combination with another promotional offer.

Managed by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, EPIC is located at the edge of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay, and combines the timeless style of a cosmopolitan boutique hotel with the amenities of a resort to create a sophisticated recreation oasis for guests amidst the energy and pulse of Miami. EPIC is located just a short distance from area beaches, local shopping districts and a thriving arts and culture scene, with many museums, restaurants, shops and theaters within walking distance. The hotel’s 411 rooms and suites are high on style, artfully designed by Cheryl Rowley, with furnishings that convey an understated sense of cool sophistication. All rooms and suites feature private balconies that provide breathtaking views of the city and bay.

EPIC is located at 270 Biscayne Blvd Way. For more information on EPIC and/or reservations, please call (866) 760-3742 or (305) 424-5226 or visit www.epichotel.com.

Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Website Wins Top Honor

Colorado Springs, Colo. – VisitCOS.com is a 2009 Gold ADDY Award recipient for the consumer html category. Addy awards are presented by the Pikes Peak Advertising Federation to recognize excellence in advertising. The website was designed by Kiku Creative, developed and produced by Internet Honey and managed by Amy Long and Tracy Kocher of the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Award winners were announced during an award ceremony held on February 27th at the Antlers Hilton. “The effectiveness of an organization’s website is often determined by what the user has to say about it. You always hope for the best, and when the professionals of the Colorado Springs advertising community single you out for recognition and applause, that too is a special measurement of success. It’s a very meaningful accolade given to our organization and we thank all for this special recognition,” states CVB President and CEO Terrance W. Sullivan.

Internet Honey Principal R.A. Burrell adds, “It was an honor to participate in this project, providing Internet Honey the opportunity to combine the best of breed in CRM technology, Display Advertising Services and Development Platforms for the Colorado Springs CVB.” This is the first step in the American Advertising Federation’s National Awards Competition, and the website design will now move on to regional competition.

About the ADDYS
The national American Advertising Awards honors creative excellence in advertising and is the final tier in a national competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. The American Advertising Awards are the industry’s largest and most representative creative competition. Concurrently, entrants in the Pikes Peak Advertising Federation’s American Advertising Award are vying for recognition as the very best in the market. The local winners of the 210 clubs nationwide are eligible to compete against other winners within their region in the District competition. District winners compete in the national ADDY competition with the winners announced in June at the National ADDY Awards Show. In addition, 2002 marked the first competition to solicit and accept entrants worldwide, making the ADDY competition one of the largest of its kind.

About Kiku Creative
Kiku Creative of Bend, Oregon, is a full-service agency offering strategy, marketing and design services. They work smart to provide their clients with creative solutions to their marketing and communications needs.

About Internet Honey
Internet Honey provides advertising, marketing, and web services to tourism clients throughout the southwest. In addition to website development, services include driving traffic to client websites through search engine optimization, links, banners, social networks, lead programs and email campaigns. With offices in Denver and Colorado Springs, they offer a focused and talented team to maximize online success.

Experience Colorado Springs is the leading marketing organization for group travel and tourism to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. We are dedicated to a strong national and international presence so that tourism is a primary contributor to a thriving local economy. We maintain a visible presence as a community leader so that our industry members grow and prosper.

Dubai Hosts The International Bar Association

The International Bar Association (IBA) has announced that Dubai has been selected as the host country for its 2011 annual conference – the first time in the IBA’s history that it will be held in the Middle East. The conference is scheduled to take place between October 30 and November 4, 2011, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The largest international gathering of lawyers and bar associations in the world, the IBA conference on average attracts more than 4,000 of the world’s top lawyers to participate in the 150 sessions covering a wide range of legal issues. The event is an opportunity for lawyers about legal developments in various jurisdictions.

A spokesman at DIFC, said: “The IBA’s decision to hold its annual conference in Dubai is testimony to the rising prominence of the city as a global business centre. Dubai’s economic landscape has recently been reshaped by the development of one of the world’s most unique legal infrastructures in the Dubai International Financial Centre.”

Mark S Ellis, Executive Director, International Bar Association (IBA), who participated for five years in the efforts to bring the IBA conference to Dubai, added: “As the centre of a region that is rising in global economic influence, Dubai was the right choice for the IBA’s 2011 annual conference – Dubai’s global outlook and business dynamism makes it an ideal setting for the IBA to continue its expansion of activities in the region.”

The International Bar Association, established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Its membership includes over 30,000 lawyers and nearly 200 bar associations and law societies spanning every continent.

Tropicana Casino & Resort Announce New Ownership

Same Commitment to Service, but Whole New Energy and New Direction for the Property

Atlantic City, NJ – On Monday, March 8th, new ownership led by Carl Icahn officially took over the Tropicana Casino & Resort, signaling a new era and a whole new energy for the property.

The new energy is already visible with a renewed focus on customer service, revitalized entertainment product, and exciting new concept changes coming soon to Tropicana’s restaurants. Tropicana is proud to announce the Trop Rocks entertainment series to include Robin Thicke on March 13, Jordin Sparks on April 24, Le Grand Cirque beginning May 9, Craig Ferguson on July 9 and An Evening with Daughtry on August 7.

“It’s a whole new year, new energy, new era at the Tropicana,” said Mark Giannantonio, president and C.E.O. of Tropicana Casino & Resort. “Now, with a great partner like Carl Icahn at our side and our staff of dedicated and hardworking employees, we can really move the Tropicana forward as the pre-eminent entertainment resort in Atlantic City. We’re thrilled about the possibilities.”

To capture the new energy at the Tropicana, a special microsite has been created, www.tropicana.net/newenergy. This site will showcase all of the employees as well as new offerings, from entertainment to promotions. Guests are encouraged to submit photos and videos of their visits to the Tropicana and how they experienced a “whole new energy” during their stay.

The Tropicana Casino & Resort is a 24-hour gaming destination located on the beach and Boardwalk. Featuring more than 2,100 rooms and suites and home of The Quarter, a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex, Tropicana is the premier resort in Atlantic City. With more than 20 restaurants, 25 shops, 12 bars and lounges, 2 pools, an IMAX Theatre and a spa, Tropicana is consistently rated as the “Must-See Attraction” in Atlantic City. For more information, visit the new official Web site at www.tropicana.net.

For more exclusive discounts, current information, pictures, and video, be sure to check out the Tropicana on the Web at www.facebook.com/TropAC or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/TropicanaAC.