BALTIMORE -- PassPort: Voyages of Discovery, a multimedia
entertainment attraction, will open here in July and in Atlantic
City, N.J., in 2004.
The first major U.S. endeavor of International Tourist
Attractions (ITA), Passport will be located in an $8.5 million,
10,000-square-foot entertainment complex at Baltimore's Inner
Harbor, adjacent to the National Aquarium, and will feature the
following 40-minute journeys:
• TimeElevator America, in which the theater becomes a virtual
time machine following the country's pathway to freedom through a
combination of film and special effects.
• Oceanarium, in which viewers take a virtual dive into the
Chesapeake Bay and swim through the world's oceans. The attraction
incorporates panoramic screens, surround-sound and motion-based
seating synchronized to the action of the film.
The Atlantic City PassPort site will offer an additional
attraction, called Amazing World, in which visitors will explore
the world from the beginning of time to the present with the help
of virtual imagery, motion-based seats and 3D effects.
The 17,000-square-foot Atlantic City complex, with a cost
estimate of upwards of $10 million, will be located at the Walk,
the city's first upscale retail, entertainment and dining complex,
and across from the Atlantic City Convention Center.
Paul Comiskey, managing director of International Tourist
Attractions for the U.S., said the success of the firm's first
ventures here depend on its ability to partner with other
organizations to develop tourism.
"There's not just one solution [to building tourism]; there's a
blend," he said.
Comiskey said he believes in cross-promotion and will "work with
hotels, restaurants and other organizations in Baltimore and
Atlantic City to provide experiences for their guests."
Comiskey said he also is looking to develop packages with hotels
in both cities.
ITA, which operates similar projects in Rome, Cyprus and
Jerusalem, won the International Themed Entertainment Association
Award for the exhibit it created for the millennium celebration at
Walt Disney World's Epcot Center and the Gold Camera Award at the
Chicago International Film and Video Festival in 2001 for Amazing
For more information, call (410) 468-0700 or visit www.passportvoyages.com.
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