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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Travel Business News North America) May 20, 2012

Accor Hotels Accor Hotels Announces Opening of Novotel Saigon Centre. Accor Hotels in Vietnam opened Novotel Saigon Centre on May 16, the first Novotel in the city, bringing with it the core brand values of family and business. Located near downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Novotel Saigon Centre is ideally situated for exploring the city on foot. It is adjacent to the prime business district, major consulates, shopping centers and an entertainment paradise. Many sightseeing opportunities can be found in the vicinity, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House, Union Palace, Uncle Ho Statue, the Ben Thanh Market and the Saigon River. Apart from its location, Novotel Saigon Centre also boasts the international standards of service featured in all Accor hotels. This 247-room hotel features 158 double rooms, 80 twin rooms and nine suites in both superior and executive style in addition to two handicap-accessible rooms. Well-equipped in-room facilities and amenities include an LED TV with cable, wireless Internet, tea and coffee facilities, mini bar, safe box and a connectivity panel. Novotel Saigon Centre celebrates its launch by offering a special rate from $99 per night plus free Wi-Fi, free fitness and swimming pool, and late checkout subject to availability. May 16, 2012

AmaWaterways Award-winning river cruise line AmaWaterways christened its newest ship, the AmaCerto, today in the scenic Danube town of Vilshofen, Germany. The traditional ceremony centered on the christening and blessing of the ship by its Godmother, Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) President Christine Duffy. OChristine Duffy is a prestigious godmother and we are thrilled to have our AmaCerto under her guidance,O said AmaWaterways President and Co-Owner Rudi Schreiner. OThe AmaCerto was designed with the passenger in mind. AmaCerto is the most innovative ship available and we enjoyed celebrating its christening with the Vilshofen locals.O The dayOs festivities began with a rendition of the OTriumphal March from AidaO while OstelzengehersO or stilt walkers welcomed the crowd as the AmaCerto sailed into view. Vilshofen Mayor Georg Krenn greeted the enthusiastic crowd of local dignitaries, river cruise executives and passengers, followed by remarks from AmaWaterways President and Co-Owner Rudi Schreiner & Executive Vice President and Co-Owner Kristin Karst, as well as Godmother Christine Duffy. In preparation for the christening, local school children handed out celebratory balloons to the eager crowd. Amid a chorus of cheers, Duffy christened the AmaCerto by breaking a bottle of Champagne on the shipOs hull. Simultaneously, the crowd released their balloons and a traditional 10-gun salute sounded from a brigade of Vilshofen soldiers dressed in traditional Bavarian garb. Additional highlights of the christening ceremony included a special blessing of the ship and convocation by Rev. and Mrs. Mark Kirchmeyer; a performance by the childrenOs dance group Trachtenverein DOWolfachtaler; moving renditions of OAve MariaO and OHallelujahO by soprano Heidlinde Schmid and a signing of VilshofenOs traditional OGolden Book.O AmaWaterwaysO new AmaCerto is a deluxe 164-passenger vessel that incorporates the most advanced river cruise ship design including Twin Balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 350 sq. feet. Passengers will enjoy gourmet dining with free-flowing local wine at the multiple fine dining venues available onboard. The AmaCerto also features a heated sun deck swimming pool with a Oswim-upO bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary Internet and Infotainment system in all staterooms plus Wi-Fi. For passengers wanting to explore the serene paths along the rivers, the AmaCerto offers a fleet of bicycles onboard (capacity controlled). The AmaCerto will serve the Dutch and Belgium Waterways and the Danube and Rhine Rivers on nine itineraries: Tulip Time Cruise; The Romantic Danube; Melodies of the Danube; The Legendary Danube; Blue Danube Discovery; Magnificent Europe; Christmas Time Cruise; Legendary Danube Jewish Heritage; and Christmas on the Rhine. May 16, 2012

American Casino American Casino reports increase in Q1 net revenue. American Casino & Entertainment Properties said its net revenue increased to $87.1 million from $86.4 million for the first quarter. American's Stratosphere property in Las Vegas saw its net revenue increase 1.6%, to $38.4 million, while the Aquarius increased its net revenue 3.9%, to $24 million. May 16, 2012

Art Series Hotel Group Art Series Hotel Group to Build The Watson Hotel in Adelaide . The Art Series Hotel Group has announced plans to build a new hotel in Adelaide, to be named The Watson hotel, after indigenous artist Tommy Watson. The property, set to open in September 2013, will be nine stories tall and will include rooms and suites with views of the Adelaide Hills, the cityOs CBD and the River Torrens. May 17, 2012

Atlantic City Alliance Atlantic City Alliance Launches $30 Million-Plus Tourism Campaign . The Atlantic City Alliance (ACA), the not-for-profit group formed last year to promote tourism to Atlantic City, unveiled plans for a major tourism rebranding campaign, the largest marketing effort in the cityOs history. The campaign is backed by $30 million a year collected from Atlantic City casino resorts for the next five years. The New Jersey legislature voted to create ACA and the marketing fund in legislation passed last year. ACA will debut an integrated media campaign on Monday, April 16, aimed at rebuilding Atlantic City's reputation, revitalizing its tourism brand, and repositioning the destination after it lost an estimated six million visitors over the last five years. The goal of the campaign is to attract a wider visitor base beyond those people interested in gaming and extend the average length of stay, which is now less than 24 hours. Atlantic City is seeking to go beyond being perceived as a gaming center to become a year-round destination with diverse offerings. OTransforming Atlantic CityOs gaming and tourism economy and developing it into a world-class destination and resort is a vital and ongoing commitment of this Administration,O said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. OWith this newly integrated tourism campaign, there is finally a concerted effort to property fund Atlantic City marketing initiatives to attract visitors to the region, a need that has gone unmet for far too long. Through our continued collaboration and partnership with all stakeholders, weOre beginning to see the Atlantic City of the future take hold.O The new advertising and marketing campaign will focus on attracting visitors in the Northeast from Washington, D.C. up to Boston and out through Pennsylvania. New ads will remind potential visitors in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore that Atlantic City, a destination where the rules are different from everyday life, is just a short drive away. Gaming will not be featured in the ads, which will focus instead on Atlantic CityOs entertainment, fine dining, luxury accommodations, nightlife, beach and famed Boardwalk. The ads end with a call to action urging visitors to ODo Anything. Do Everything.O in Atlantic City. The new campaign complements efforts by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to reposition the image of Atlantic City and improve visitor experiences by appealing to fun-seeking adult consumers. OThe CRDAOs Master Plan calls for activation of the Boardwalk, and activation of the city through new development, attractions and possibilities,O said CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri. OWe are making Atlantic City a better destination every day and through this campaign are inviting visitors, investment and opportunity to be a part of the next chapter in Atlantic City history.O The integrated media campaign, developed by Euro RSCG New York, includes ad buys across a variety of traditional and new media platforms, including print, broadcast, digital and out-of-home executions, such as billboard and commuter rail advertising. Also included are two 30-second TV commercials entitled ODo AnythingO and ODo Proximity.O In addition, a new website,, will go live on April 16 to supplement the larger campaign. It will eventually feature trip-planning tools to help visitors select from a wide range of lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment options. OWith travel options abounding in the Northeast, Atlantic City consistently faces competition when consumers are deciding where to travel,O said Liza Cartmell, president of ACA. OToday, we are making Atlantic City history by launching this campaign to show off the wonderful, diverse elements which our city has to offer. We are confident that the advertisements and larger marketing campaign will encourage increased visitation and reinvigorate the local tourism industry.O May 17, 2012

Atlantic CityOs Tropicana Atlantic CityOs Tropicana Announces Multi-Phase Renovations. Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City, which recently opened the newEBoogie Nights night club, announced a series of significant renovation projects that will include major improvements to its guest rooms, restaurants and casino floor, as well as considerable changes to its nightlife offerings. Construction will begin in the fall of 2012 and will be completed by the end of the year. Included in the plans are renovations to 16 floors of the North Tower, which includes 437 standard rooms and junior suites. Overseeing the design and aesthetics are Bergman Walls and Associates, Atlantic City-based SOSH Architects and Steelman Partners. The new rooms will feature sleek, contemporary furnishings, bold graphic carpeting, textured wall coverings and modernized bathrooms. In addition, a new Italian fine dining restaurant will be introduced. Boogie Nights dance club will be expanded to...

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