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8 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E SALEM, Ohio – Travel planners looking for large or small group-travel destinations will find that Atlantic City, New Jersey, offers everything they need to plan group vacations. Meet AC, the city's convention and visitors bureau, has developed an approach that allows travel planners to tailor any visit to Atlantic City to their groups' needs. What other resort city can combine a world- famous boardwalk and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean with 24-hour casino action, fabulous A T A T I C C I T Y I A C H I U T T O U P RING IN THE NEW YEAR YEAR-ROUND AT RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! TIMES SQUARE NEW YORK — Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square unveiled an interactive exhibit in early February that lets visitors relive the excitement of a New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square 365 days a year. The one-of-a-kind attraction is the only place in the world where visitors can touch and inter- act with the original ball from the 2007 centen- nial countdown, as well as the iconic Waterford Crystal podium used from the 2002 through 2014 countdowns. Previously, only a select few high-profile individ- uals — including Lady Gaga, Christopher Reeve, Colin Powell and Muhammad Ali — have had the opportunity to ring in the New Year at the iconic podium. The first New York City Ball Drop was intro- duced to Times Square revelers by the New York Times, on Dec. 31, 1907, and was constructed of iron and wood and adorned with 100 25-watt light bulbs. For the Dec. 31, 2007, 100th anniversary, a cen- tennial anniversary ball was designed by Waterford Crystal and the Philips Lighting Company featuring 9,576 state-of-the-art LED bulbs that can create a palette of more than 16 million colors and billions of patterns. The new exhibit also features a display case of 18 Waterford Crystals from18 different countdowns. The exhibit opening marks the first of many yearlong events lined up for Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square 10-year anniversary. W W W. R I PL E Y S N E W YO R K .C OM Courtesy Meet AC Courtesy Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square FA M I LY M AT T E R S award-winning restaurants, spectacular head- liner entertainment, exciting new attractions and brand-name, tax-free shopping outlets? No other, which is why group leaders love Atlantic City, and Meet AC is getting the word out. Atlantic City has entertained guests for more than 150 years, but never before has such an array of group vacation ideas and activities been avail- able to everyone who visits. Meet AC encourages planners to explore its website and group vacation travel guides. Their resources are helpful for com- ing up with group vacation ideas and planning travel to Atlantic City and the surrounding areas. Group leaders will find a planner's notebook, an event planning guide and a series of sug- gested itineraries. Meet AC-suggested itineraries include Pop Culture/Hip Happenings, Great Outdoors/Action Packed Play, Free Summer Fun/$0 Price Tag, Arts and Culture, Outdoor Recreation, and Tours and More. W W W. M E E T A C .C OM ATLANTIC CITY'S POPULAR CASINO RESORTS OVERLOOK THE NEW JERSEY OCEANFRONT. THE NEW EXHIBIT AT RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! IN TIME SQUARE RE-CREATES THE EXCITE- MENT OF NEW YEAR'S EVE IN MANHATTAN.