23 New Hotel Waterparks Open,
52 Under Construction
|By Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson, October 18, 2005
The USA hotel industry reached 64.3% for the first eight months of 2005, up almost two points over a year ago and nearly one point higher than benchmark Year 2000. Hotel room rates averaged $90.59, which is more than $4 higher than the last several years.
USA Hotel Industry Performance
Revenues, supply and demand all showed positive growth for YTD August 2005 compared to a year ago. Revenues per available hotel room were up 7.8% over 2004. New hotel construction rose only 0.7% while demand for lodging increased 2.8% --- allowing both occupancies and room prices to rise.
Summer of 2005 was better than last summer for the hotel industry despite $3.00 per gallon gasoline prices and the impact of several hurricanes. In August 2005, occupancy reached 68.5% --- up 2.1% from 67.1% in 2004. Hotel room revenues were up 8.6% over 2004.
In the first eight months of 2005, luxury and midscale hotels showed the most improvement in occupancy while luxury, upscale and midscale hotels among the chains showed equal improvement in average room rates compared to a year ago. Upper upscale hotels ran the highest occupancy at 72.2% among the price tiers followed by upscale-priced hotels at 71.5% compared to a year ago.
Resorts and airport hotels ran higher occupancies in 2005 than 2004 and achieved higher occupancies than all other types of lodging --- urban, suburban interstate and small towns. USA Resorts achieved 69.6% occupancy for 2005 through August, up from 69.1% during the same period a year ago while airport hotels reached 69.8%, urban hotels reached 68,6%, suburban hotels ran 64.8% and interstate and small towns hotels peaked near 58%. Resorts produced average room rates of $129 for 2005 through August, which is higher than all other types of lodging.
Families in the USA bit the bullet on higher gasoline prices and refused to abandon their vacation plans. Many vacationed closer to home and escaped for weekends at nearby regional resorts --- a growing number of which now offer indoor waterparks and family entertainment centers. The leisure traveler segment continues to breathe life into the hotel and travel industries. In addition, business travelers have now returned to hotels in greater numbers.
Currently, the most lucrative states for hotel investment are Hawaii, New York and Florida where the revenues and their growth rates are the highest in the nation. Nevada, Rhode Island and Alaska, while posting high revenues per available room, slipped a bit from last year. Hotel revenue per available room (RevPAR) is the key indicator that takes into account supply, demand, occupancy, scarcity and pricing.
RevPAR is a measure of asset productivity that often points developers to the most attractive locations for new construction, although many of these desirable locations also have high barriers to entry.
In 2005, the most desirable hotel markets, in terms of their ability to generate the highest revenues per available room as well as double-digit growth rates, are New York City, Oahu, Miami, Washington DC and Los Angeles. Some of the leisure destinations like Tampa, Anaheim, Denver and Phoenix recorded 12% to 13% improvement in revpar compared to last year.
In sum, the USA Lodging Outlook reveals:
Hawaii is the leading resort destination with 82.9% occupancy (up 4.0%) and $166 average room rate, up 8.0% over last year. This compares to the national hotel occupancy of 64.3% and average room rate of $90 in the USA.
Florida and Nevada are trailing close behind with 72.7% and 72.5% occupancies, respectively. Arizona and Florida recorded the biggest gains in occupancy improvement over last year.
The highest resort room prices were found in Hawaii
at $166, Nevada and Florida at $103 and California at $102. Hawaii and
Florida recorded price jumps of more than 8% in 2005 compared to last year.
Wisconsin and Minnesota achieved statewide occupancy under the national average in both occupancy and average room rates. However, these two states have the highest number of hotel indoor waterpark resorts, and the top hotel waterpark resort properties recorded occupancies and room rates far above the national averages and equal to many of the Sunbelt resort destination states.
In fact, due to the double-digit growth of indoor waterparks over the last several years, Coy and Haralson formulated 17 predictions on the future of resort development.
USA Hotel Waterpark Resort Performance
In 1994, Stan Anderson, owner of the Polynesian Resort in Wisconsin Dells WI and pioneer of the hotel indoor waterpark resort installed some water gizmo in his indoor pool and weekend occupancy skyrocketed. That started the 11-year trend of building more than 100 hotel waterpark resorts that extend from the Midwest to the Northeast and Pacific Northwest. During 2005, twenty-three (23) new additions and expansion projects are expected to open by year end, bringing the total to 104 hotel waterpark resorts open and operating in the USA. Fifty-two (52) projects are under construction or will break ground during 2005.
Clearly, hotel waterpark resorts are not a fad but here to stay. About 121 projects are in the development pipeline, up from 69 in 2004, 46 in 2003 and only 19 in 2002. The waterpark sector of the resort industry has experienced rapid growth in the last several years.
Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson formed Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting, a collaborative effort of JLC Hospitality Consulting of Rochester MN and William L. Haralson & Associates of Richardson TX. Coy, a hotel consultant, and Haralson, an attractions consultant, joined forces for the purpose of building an industry database for this product sector. Both chair the Resort Committee of the World Waterpark Association and produce the annual Waterpark Development & Expansion Workshop, where they present their latest research and a variety of expert speakers. Go to www.waterparks.org. This Fourth Annual Industry Report includes supply trends, sizing components, construction costs and operating expense ratios with a focus on Wisconsin Dells where the concept originated and numerous hotel waterpark resorts are clustered in one market.
In 1990, before indoor waterparks, Wisconsin Dells ran a 40% annually hotel occupancy and had a 100-day peak season. Today, it has 18 hotels with indoor waterparks and has a 365-day peak season. The largest hotel waterpark resorts are running occupancies in the high 70s and low 80s --- 15 to 20 points above the national hotel average.
Wisconsin Dells Hotel Performance
In 2002, hotels WITH indoor waterparks achieved 26 points higher occupancy and $69 higher average room rates than hotels WITHOUT indoor waterparks in Wisconsin Dells.
In 2004, we updated that research survey to determine the impact of 9/11, the economic recovery and what happened to the haves and have-nots in Wisconsin Dells over the last three years. Eighteen (18) hotels WITH indoor waterparks captured 85% of the total market hotel revenue in Wisconsin Dells while forty-four (44) hotels WITHOUT indoor waterparks were left with only 15% of the total market hotel revenue. As a result, we referred to Wisconsin Dells as "the land of haves and have-nots."
In 2005, the top two hotel waterpark resorts achieved average room rates above $200.
The 18 haves achieved average room rates of $130, while the 44 have-nots achieved $65. Hotels WITH indoor waterparks recorded ADRs that are 2X that of hotels WITHOUT indoor waterparks. And the ADR trend over the last three years is getting higher for the haves and lower for the have-nots! This trend begs the question, "How long can you succeed in Wisconsin Dells as a hotel without an indoor waterpark?" The biggest properties are getting bigger while the smaller properties continue to lose market share.
USA Competitive Supply of Hotel Waterparks
One hundred and four (104) hotel indoor waterparks are open and operating in the USA, including six properties scheduled to open in the final months of 2005. Hotel waterpark resorts opened over the last three years in the following states:
These properties have a total of 17,574 rooms, nearly
2.4 million square feet of indoor waterpark space and 397 meeting rooms
covering 935,000 square feet of meeting space. The following chart illustrates
the growth over the last three years.
Independent Versus National Branding
Of these 104 hotels, 60 are independent while 44 are affiliated with a national hotel brand. We counted the six Great Wolf Lodges and two Kalahari Resorts as independents, although these familiar names are two emerging national brands. Properties in resort locations tend to be independent while properties in urban, suburban and highway locations tend to be franchised.
Brand names include AmericInn, Baymont, Best Western, Comfort Suites, Country Inn & Suites, Days Inn Hawthorn Suites, Hilton, Hojo, Holiday Inn, Marriott, Microtel, Nickelodeon, Quality Inn, Ramada, Sleep Inn, Super 8 and Wingate.
Whether or not to affiliate with a brand is a major issue in this product sector of the hotel industry. Two companies, Great Lakes Companies and Kalahari Resort, are reproducing their prototypes in multiple locations --- in effect, starting their own brand. Great Lakes Companies signed a license agreement with Ripley’s Entertainment for its Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ontario --- which is a first step in becoming a franchisor in the hotel waterpark resort industry.
While several hotel chains, like Marriott and Holiday Inn, are creating indoor waterpark prototypes, two entertainment companies, Six Flags Inc and Nickelodeon have recently opened hotels.
Top 25 Largest Hotel Waterpark Resorts in the USA
Hotels with the largest indoor waterparks are concentrated
in Wisconsin Dells WI where 18 waterpark resorts now exist. The Polynesian
Resort in Wisconsin Dells is generally acknowledged as the first hotel
indoor waterpark in 1994.
Other hotels with indoor waterparks are concentrated in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, South Dakota, North Dakota, Ohio, Iowa and Pennsylvania. In Wisconsin, other hotel waterparks are located in Wisconsin Dells, Lake Geneva, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Tomah, Minocqua, Madison, Prairie du Chien, Waupaca, Neenah, Ashland and Lac du Flambeau. In Minnesota, other hotel waterparks are located in Otsego, Baxter, Duluth, Shoreview, Owatonna, Ottertail, Minneapolis, Detroit Lakes, Nisswa, Moorhead, Rochester, St Cloud, Thief River Falls and Orr. In Michigan, other hotel waterparks are located in Frankenmuth, Grand Rapids and Mackinaw City. In South Dakota: Watertown, Aberdeen and Sioux Falls. In North Dakota: Minot, Fargo, Grand Forks and Bismarck. In Ohio: Belleville-Mansfield. In Iowa: Dubuque, Burlington and Amana. In Pennsylvania: Butler.
Profile of USA Hotel Waterpark Resorts by Number of Rooms
Among the Top 5 largest resorts by room count, the
average number of hotel rooms is 651 with an indoor waterpark of 95,200
sf or 146 sf per guest room. The Top 5 resorts have an average of 6.8 waterslides,
2.0 pools and 1.6 hot tubs. All of them have one or more lazy rivers, 60%
have a wave pool and 40% have a water coaster. The Top 5 resorts average
43,760 sf of meeting space and 20.4 meeting rooms. The Top 5 hotel waterpark
resorts in 2005 have more rooms, bigger waterparks, more water features
and more meeting space than the Top 5 resorts in 2004 --- and the race
to be the biggest continues!
Among the next ten largest (Top 6-15) hotel waterpark resorts, the average number of rooms is 308 with an indoor waterpark of 38,200 sf or 124 sf per guest room. Among the top resorts ranked 16-25 by room count, the average number of rooms is 245 with an indoor waterpark of 31,697 sf or 129 sf per guest room. Using the chart above, the waterpark developer can estimate the size of his hotel, indoor waterpark and its components. Depending upon size, all hotel waterpark resorts average from 2-7 waterslides, 2-3 pools and 1-2 hot tubs.
Almost all of the Top 25 Largest Hotel Waterpark Resorts have a lazy river while less than 30% of the smaller resorts have them.
About 60% of the Top 5 Largest Hotel Waterpark Resorts have a wave pool and less than 10% of the smaller resorts have them. Wave pools, while very attractive to surfers, take up a lot of space for the smaller number of guests who can use them. However, they generate a lot of entertainment value for spectators, and ski resorts seem to love them.
The Top 25 Largest Hotel Waterpark Resorts are clearly in the meetings & convention business to balance their seasonal and weekend-weekday mix of business.
Profile of USA Hotel Waterpark Resorts by Size of Waterpark
Feasibility consultants face the difficult task of
sizing their client’s hotel waterpark projects. Hotels with the highest
number of rooms don’t always have the largest waterparks. And vice versa.
While there are many factors that determine sizing, a rule of thumb is
the rooms to waterpark ratio. A direct relationship exists between the
number of hotel rooms and the size of the indoor waterparks.
Hotels with indoor waterparks more than 50,000 square feet average 354 rooms and 87,600 square feet of indoor waterpark --- a ratio of 247 sf of waterpark per guest room. That ratio decelerates as waterparks get smaller.
To illustrate, hotels with waterparks 40,000 to 49,999 sf average 175 rooms and 42,000 sf of indoor waterpark --- a ratio of 240 sf per guest room. Notice that hotels with about 100 rooms and 10,000 sf of indoor waterpark tend to vary widely in their sizing.
Hotel owners and developers can use the chart above to help size their projects.
Top Hotel Meeting Facilities with Indoor Waterparks in the USA
Among the Top 15 Hotel Meeting Facilities with an indoor waterpark, the number of rooms varies from 98 to 738 and the meeting facilities vary from 15,000 to 125,000 square feet.
Several of the largest hotel waterpark resorts are
in the meetings & convention business. The 738-room Kalahari Resort
& Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells WI is clearly the largest meeting
facility (125,000 sf) with the largest indoor waterpark (125,000 sf). The
194-room Grand Harbor Resort in Dubuque IA, with 25,000 sf indoor waterpark,
is connected to a 120,000 sf convention center that it operates for the
Hotel waterpark resorts obviously target the individual
leisure traveler segment. But these properties have the advantage of targeting
another customer segment --- the group market --- to fill in hotel low
periods and weekdays when kids are in school. Hotel waterpark resorts with
substantial amounts of meeting space run higher annual occupancies than
those with little or no meeting space.
The Top 5 Largest Meeting Facilities with an indoor waterpark average 396 guest rooms, 87,000 sf of meeting space, 44 meeting rooms and a 52,600 sf waterpark. Components average 4.4 waterslides, 2.3 pools and 1.8 hot tubs. Eighty percent of these properties have a lazy river, 30% have a wave pool and 40% have a water coaster.
Among the meeting facilities ranked 6 through 10 in size, these properties averaged 231 guest rooms, 34,600 sf of meeting space, 15 meeting rooms and a 25,600 sf indoor waterpark. Among those ranked 11 through 15, the number of guest rooms averaged 230 with 18,781 sf of meeting space, 10.5 meeting rooms and an 24,954 sf indoor waterpark.
This is only one of several methods a developer and his consultant should use to estimate the size of meeting facilities in a hotel waterpark resort.
Hotel Waterpark Resorts Under Construction in USA
Hotels with indoor waterparks are growing from 28%
to 36% annually while the overall hotel industry expects new supply to
grow less than 1.0% in 2005 and 2006. In 2000, there were only 18 hotel
waterpark resorts. Today, over 100 are open nationwide. Twenty-three new
additions and expansion projects are expected to open by year end. Hotel
waterpark projects under construction have grown from 8 in 2000 to 52 that
are under construction or will break ground during 2005.
Clearly, hotel waterpark resorts are a fad but here to stay. Projects in the development phase grew from 19 in 2002 to 46 in 2003, 69 in 2004 to 121 in 2005. The number of hotel rooms attached to indoor waterparks is expected to grow from 5,400 in 2000 to a forecast of over 24,000 in 2006, which is an increase of 4.4 times over six years.
The total square footage of indoor waterparks attached
to hotels was 732,100 in Year 2000. That number grew to more than 2.3 million
square feet in 2005 and is expected to grow to nearly 3.6 million square
feet by the end of 2006. The supply of hotel indoor waterpark space grew
24% in 2004, 38% in 2005 and a forecasted 51% in 2006.
Hotel waterpark resorts grew out of Wisconsin during the 1990s, and then spread to adjacent states in the Upper Midwest. The growth pattern is spreading across the northern tier of the USA, with new properties stretching from Michigan and Ohio to Pennsylvania and new construction activity in the Pacific Northwest and New England. Many seasonal hotels and resorts how have or will soon open indoor-outdoor waterparks to build revenues on a year round basis. In the future, indoor waterparks will spread to the Sunbelt where desert resort guests and their kids will look for protection from the sun, hot temps and humidity. New dome structures and polycarbonate enclosures will let the light in and keep the weather out.
Future of Hotel Waterpark Resorts in the USA
Based on our research of industry trends, this is the future we see:
In January 2005, Holiday Inn Grand Forks ND opened a 7,000 sf indoor waterpark which was converted from a pool in its atrium. GM Deb Steding said the waterpark conversion cost $1 million plus another $600,000 was spent on hotel renovations. United Management of Grand Forks purchased the hotel two years and wanted a indoor waterpark to keep up with national trends. Steding said many Holiday Inn franchisees have embraced the indoor waterpark concept with little help from parent company, InterContinental Hotel Group. However, InterContinental has recently received so many requests for waterpark exemptions from franchise holders that it has had to develop several waterpark conversion prototypes for its old holidome concept.
In March 2005, Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg VA opened with 301 rooms, 6,500 sf of meeting space and a 64,000 sf indoor waterpark. The waterpark consists of 8 waterslides, 6 pools, 2 hot tubs, lazy river and a wave pool. The 48-foot Fort MacKenzie has over 60 interactive geysers and sprays and tipping bucket that drenches everyone gathered below with 1,000 gallons of water. Total cost was $48 million. Contact General Manager Curtis Brown at 757-229-9700.
In April 2005, Grand Bear Lodge near Starved Rock State Park in Utica IL with 92 lodging units and a 24,000 sf indoor waterpark.
In May 2005, seven new hotel waterpark resorts opened:
Developers Doug Rohde and Joel Cairy opened their Lodge at Brainerd Lakes & Paul Bunyan Waterpark in Baxter MN in August. The lodge has 102 units and 10,000 sf of meeting and convention space for groups of 12 to 500. The 30,000 sf waterpark is state of the art. It is the first in Minnesota and second in the nation to use advanced interactive virtual reality technology. The VR provides slide-riders with a variety of lights, sounds, videos and holographic images that simulate log jams, thunderstorms and Paul Bunyan swinging his ax. Go to www.lodgehotels.com.
Under Construction & Opening in 2005: USA
As of September 29, 2005, we identified six properties that are still under construction which we expect to open before the year ends:
Best Western Edgewater Duluth MN with 282 rooms will open its indoor waterpark addition within the next 30 days. The 23,000 sf waterpark has two waterslides and a lazy river. The property is owned and managed by ZMC Hospitality. Contact Ken and John Goldfine at 218-723-8433 for more information.
The 171-room Best Western Pzzazz in Burlington IA is expected to open its 20,000 sf indoor waterpark, Fun City, in November 2005. Owner Randy Winegard built the indoor waterpark for about $10 million. The waterpark features 2 slides, 3 pools, 1 hot tub, climbing wall and tipping bucket. You can talk to Allison Hanson, director of aquatics, by dialing 319-753-2223. The indoor space also features a family entertainment center with bowling, arcades and electric go-karts. Winegard also negotiated with the city to build a 50,000 sf outdoor waterpark, which will open near his hotel in June in 2006. The outdoor waterpark will feature 4 pools, including a wave pool.
The 78-room Thumper Pond Golf Resort in Ottertail MN will open its 11,000 sf indoor waterpark in November 2005. The owner is Doug Balaha. Phone is 218-367-2431.
Great Escapes Hotel & Waterpark in Lake George NY is expected to open with 200 rooms and a 38,000 sf indoor waterpark in December 2005.
Plan B Development Inc expects to open a yet unnamed 150-unit Condo-Hotel & Indoor Waterpark in Auburn IN before the year ends.
Jeff Henry and the NBGS Group own the Schlitterbahn on South Padre Island TX, voted the Best Waterpark in America by The Travel Channel. On December 10, 2005, Henry plans to open the Schlitterbahn Indoor-Outdoor Waterpark on Galveston Island TX. The $28 million project will feature a retractable roof that can be closed in winter and opened in summer. Sherry Bramson said Hurricane Katrina caused minimal damage and slowed them down only a few days --- the project still plans to open on schedule. The outdoor portion of the project will open in Summer of 2006.
Under Construction & Scheduled to Open in 2006: USA
Twenty-seven hotel waterpark resort projects are currently under construction with scheduled opening dates throughout 2006:
USA Hotel Waterpark Resorts In Development
Hotel waterpark developers are focusing on new markets for new construction. Owners of existing hotels are thinking about enclosing their outdoor pools with new-technology thin-shell domes, aluminum & glass and light-weight polycarbonate structures that let in the light and keep out the weather --- for year round operation.
Other hotel owners are raising the roofs of their pool buildings to install 30 to 50-foot high waterslide towers. Some owners of existing hotels are tearing up their pool decking to install lazy rivers, activity pools, kiddie pools and adult spas.
One hundred and twenty-one (121) hotel indoor waterpark projects are in the planning stages as of October 12, 2005 compared to 69 projects in the pipeline this same time last year and 46 projects the year prior.
While 104 hotel waterpark resorts are now open and operating in the USA, 52 projects are under construction and 121 more are on the drawing boards nationwide.
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan are leading the way in new developments with Indiana following close behind.
Here are the numbers of projects on the drawing boards for the following states:
These 121 planned projects comprise 26,747 hotel guest rooms and indoor waterpark space totaling 4,687,027 square feet in 30 states. This compares with 69 projects and 15,864 rooms that were in development last year in 27 states.
The hotel indoor waterpark resort is a growing phenomenon that is impacting all levels of hotel development and investment.
Canadian Supply of Hotel Waterparks
In Canada, we have identified 108 hotel indoor waterpark
that are open and operating in 2004, compared to 99 properties in 2003
and 82 in 2002. Most are located in the western provinces.
Top 15 Canadian Hotel Waterparks by Number of Rooms
World Waterpark at the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta
is the largest indoor waterpark in the world. The Mall is the largest shopping
center in the world, according the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall was built in 1986 with 355 rooms. Technically, the Fantasyland Hotel is not a hotel waterpark, but it is closely connected. You can walk from the hotel through the mall to the 217,800 sf World Waterpark without going outside. So, the largest hotel in Canada associated with an indoor waterpark is the Fantasyland Hotel in West Edmonton.
In Canada, hotel waterparks are different than in the USA. Many are really indoor pools that have been enlarged and enhanced with waterslides and water playthings. Many of the indoor waterparks in Canada are under 10,000 sf while many in the USA are over 10,000 sf.
Top 15 Canadian Hotel Waterparks by Size of Waterpark
While the 217,800 sf World Waterpark is not really a hotel waterpark, it is situated very closely to hotel rooms located at the West Edmonton Mall. And the 355-room Fantasyland Hotel is part of that same mall --- making a connection between the hotel and the waterpark.
The second largest hotel waterpark in Canada is the Ameri-Cana Resort & Conference Center, which opened its 19,100 sf indoor waterpark in 2004 --- attached to its 160 guest rooms and 16,000 sf conference center in Niagara Falls ON.
Third largest is Travelodge World Hotel in Ottawa,
which also opened its 13,000 sf indoor waterpark in 2004 --- connecting
with its 177 guest rooms.
In Canada, the biggest concentration of hotel indoor waterparks is in the Economy Hotel sector, where room counts are typically under 100 rooms and indoor waterparks are less than 5,000 sf.
However, when you look at what is under construction and in the planning stages, bigger hotel waterparks are coming to Canada.
Canadian Hotel Waterpark Resorts Under Construction
Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is under construction with a planned opening in Spring 2006. Ripley Entertainment Inc, a Jim Pattison Company, is spending $200 million on the family resort destination that will include a Ripley-owned Great Wolf Lodge and a state of the art 115,000 sf Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada on a 25-acre parcel along the Niagara River, just north of downtown Niagara Falls, Canada.
Ripley’s is the first license every granted for a Great Wolf Lodge by the Great Lakes Companies of Miadison WI. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will be the third sea life attraction following Ripley’s Aquariums in Myrtle Beach SC and Gatlinburg TN. The northwoods-style hotel will have 404 rooms and 90,000 sf of indoor waterpark. Other features include a themed family restaurant, huge arcade, gift shop, confectionery, Aveda Spa, meeting rooms and fitness center along with outdoor pool and recreation area. Contact Ripley Entertainment at 615-646-7465.
Canadian Hotel Waterpark Resorts In Development
Nine (9) major hotel waterpark resorts are in the planning stages for Canada, 3 in Alberta, 2 in Ontario, 2 in British Columbia and one each in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.
Mexican Supply of Hotel Waterpark Resorts
While most waterparks in Mexico tend to be outdoor waterparks, we have identified a few that are indoor-outdoor combinations and onsite, adjacent or nearby lodging that would tend of classify them as hotel waterpark resorts. We are in the process of surveying owners, consultants and suppliers in Mexico to gather more data and develop a better profile of hotel waterpark resorts in Mexico.
Rest of the World Supply of Waterpark Resorts
There are about 1,000 waterparks open & operating
worldwide --- a combination of public and private outdoor waterparks and
indoor waterparks that may or may not be connected to lodging. Only about
400 are park members of the World Waterpark Association based in Overland
Park, KS. Therefore, data is incomplete regarding many of the waterparks
around the world. Since waterpark developments are growing rapidly in many
parts of the world, hospitality & leisure consultants Jeff Coy and
Bill Haralson have commissioned a team of people around the world to assist
in data collection for the Annual Waterpark Industry Report. The group
We have identified fifteen (15) properties in the
rest of the world that have a combination of hotel rooms, indoor waterparks
and outdoor waterparks. Our team continues to survey owners and managers
to build a profile of outdoor waterparks, indoor waterparks and hotel waterpark
resorts around the world.
Bergische Sonne has a 430,560 sf indoor-outdoor waterpark in Wuppertal Ruh, Germany.
Monte Mare Adventure Spa has 269,100 sf of indoor-outdoor waterpark in Rheinback, Germany.
World Waterpark in West Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, claims to be the largest indoor waterpark in the world with 217,800 sf.
Alton Towers/Splash Landing in Staffordshire England is generally recognized as the first hotel waterpark resort in Europe with its 216 rooms and 40,000 sf indoor waterpark.
Center Parcs has 20 natural resorts throughout Europe --- located in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Great Britain. Only a few driving hours away from home, these parks offer unique short breaks, completely apart from daily routine.
Each Center Par Village has a choice of villas, dining,
children facilities, sports centers and water activities. All Center Parcs
have a children’s activity pool, hot whirlpools, outdoor pool, solaria,
waterslides and an aqua café & terrace. Many of the parks also
have a baby pool, rapids, wave pool and a wild water chute. Some of the
parks have a themed pool and water sprays. We are still developing a profile
of the Center Parc resorts --- with the help of Mike Walls.
Paco Caudet of Action Park Spain conducted a survey of waterparks in Europe, Middle East and Asia and reports the following supply of outdoor parks, indoor parks and hotel waterpark resorts. His report shows 250 waterparks in Europe, 30 in the Middle East and 90 in Asia.
In future reports, we will identify, classify and profile these waterparks.
ROW Waterparks Under Construction
or In Development
In North America, the hotel indoor waterpark resort concept quadrupled over the last six years. Worldwide, waterparks are growing in popularity with both leisure travelers and resort developers.
For more information regarding feasibility, supply and demand, contact Jeff Coy at 480-488-3382 or Bill Haralson at 972-231-7444. Coy heads JLC Hospitality Consulting of Cave Creek AZ and is certified by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. Haralson heads William L. Haralson & Associates of Richardson TX and is a Hall of Fame member of the World Waterpark Association. Email email@example.com or got to www.jeffcoy.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.wlha-inc.com. Paco Caudet of Action Park, Valencia, Spain, contributed to the international portion of this report. Email Paco at email@example.com.
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