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Hotel Waterpark Resort Industry Report 2006
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33 New Hotel Waterparks Open, 70 Under Construction
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By Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson

October 12, 2006 --- During 2006, thirty-three (33) new hotel indoor waterparks are expected to open, including new additions and expansion projects that are scheduled to open in the final months of 2006. Seventy (70) hotel waterpark projects are under construction or will break ground during 2006. 

Hotel waterparks are a small but fast-growing sector of the resort industry which now totals one hundred and forty-one (141) properties that are a big hit with families nationwide. 

These properties have a total of 24,009 rooms, nearly 3.5 million square feet of indoor waterpark space and 399 meeting rooms covering 982,935 square feet of meeting space. The following chart illustrates the growth over the last five years.
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2006
 
2005
 
2004
 
2003
 
2002
 
Amount
 
Amount
 
Amount
 
Amount
 
Amount
Hotel Indoor Waterparks
141
 
108
 
81
 
65
 
50
Rooms
24,009
 
18,385
 
12,470
 
10,132
 
8193
Indoor Waterpark Sq Ft
3,485,109
 
2,418,669
 
1,645,069
 
1,313,769
 
989,904
Meeting Rooms
430
 
399
 
373
 
352
 
322
Meeting Space Sq Ft
1,244,435
 
982,935
 
780,585
 
679,435
 
626,955
Affiliated with a Brand
75
 
58
 
34
 
26
 
20
Independent
66
 
50
 
42
 
35
 
28

Today, about 99 projects are in the development pipeline compared to 121 in 2005, 69 in 2004, 46 in 2003 and 19 in 2002. Clearly, hotel waterpark resorts are outpacing the overall hotel and resort industry.

USA Hotel Industry Performance

The USA hotel industry reached 65.2% for the first eight months of 2006, up nearly one point over a year ago and almost two points higher than benchmark Year 2000. Hotel room rates averaged $96.81, which is more than $10 higher than the last several years. 
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USA HOTEL INDUSTRY TRENDS
 
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
Occupancy
65.2
64.3%
62.7%
60.8%
61.2%
60.1%
63.7%
Average Room Rate
$96.81
$90.59
$86.55
$83.60
$84.01
$84.85
$86.04
Source: Smith Travel Research, August YTD.

Revenues, supply and demand all showed positive growth for YTD August 2006 compared to a year ago. Revenues per available hotel room were up 8.3% over 2005. New hotel construction rose only 0.3% while demand for lodging increased 1.7% --- allowing both occupancies and room prices to rise.

Summer of 2006 was even with last summer for the hotel industry despite $3.00 per gallon gasoline prices. In August 2006, occupancy reached 68.7% --- up 0.3% from 668.5% in 2005. Hotel room revenues were up 7.0% over 2005. 
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USA HOTEL INDUSTRY TRENDS
 
 
YTD Aug 2006

Vs

YTD Aug 2005

 
Jun-Aug 2006

Vs

Jun-Aug 2005

August 2006

Vs

August 2005

Supply
Up 0.3%
 
Up 0.4%
Up 0.5%
Demand
Up 1.7%
 
Up 0.5 %
Up 0.7%
Occupancy
Up 1.4%
 
Up 0.0%
Up 0.3%
Average Room Rate
Up 6.8%
 
Up 7.1%
Up 6.7%
Rev Per Available Room
Up 8.3%
 
Up 7.1%
Up 7.0%
Source: Smith Travel Research

In the first eight months of 2006, luxury and midscale hotels showed the most improvement in occupancy. Luxury, upscale and midscale hotels among the chains showed the biggest gains in average room rates compared to a year ago. Upper upscale hotels ran the highest occupancy at 72.8% among the price tiers followed by luxury hotels at 72.5% compared to a year ago. 
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TOP PRODUCING HOTELS BY LOCATION
 
 
Occupancy
Average Room Rate
 
Percent
% Chg
Amount
% Chg
Urban
69.6
1.6
$130.83
8.6
Suburban
65.8
1.5
$84.90
7.5
Airport
71.0
1.7
$93.39
9.9
Interstate
59.3
2.2
$63.27
4.9
Resort
69.8
0.4
$138.03
7.2
Small Town
58.7
1.7
$74.88
4.3
Source: Smith Travel Research, YTD August 2006.

Resorts and airport hotels ran the highest occupancies in 2006 compared to other types of lodging --- suburban, interstate, airport and small town. USA Resorts achieved 69.8% occupancy for 2006 through August, up from 69.5% during the same period a year ago while airport hotels reached 71.0%, urban hotels reached 69.6%, suburban hotels ran 65.8%, interstate reached 59.3% and small town hotels achieved 58.7%. Resorts produced average room rates of $138.03 for 2006 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. 
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HIGHEST REVENUE PRODUCING HOTELS BY STATE
 
 
RevPAR
 
 
Amount $
% Chg
Hawaii
153.75
12.7
New York
111.35
8.1
Massachusetts
80.98
12.0
California
79.12
9.4
Florida
79.07
5.4
Alaska
78.88
13.6
Nevada
76.52
1.7
Rhode Island
75.60
0.2
Maryland
72.87
4.7
New Jersey
68.68
6.2
Arizona
68.31
10.2
Illinois
65.72
15.2
USA Average
63.10
8.3
Source: Smith Travel Research. YTD August 2006. 

RevPAR is Revenue Per Available Room.

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 2006, the most desirable hotel markets, in terms of their ability to generate the highest revenues per available room are New York City, Oahu, Miami and San Diego. The markets recording the double-digit revenue growth are Chicago, Boston, Oahu, San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

Some of the leisure destinations like Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Nashville recorded 14% to 21% improvement in revpar compared to last year. 
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HIGHEST REVENUE PRODUCING HOTELS BY MARKET
 
 
RevPAR
 
 
Amount $
% Chg
New York City
174.72
11.4
Oahu
132.86
12.8
Miami
107.64
9.8
San Diego
101.93
7.9
Washington DC
98.49
3.7
San Francisco
97.99
11.8
Boston
93.45
14.8
Los Angeles
87.59
10.5
Anaheim-Santa Ana
85.00
8.5
Top 25 Market Average
82.32
10.5
New Orleans
80.82
8.4
Chicago
79.37
17.9
USA Average
54.24
6.8
Source: Smith Travel Research. YTD August 2006. 

RevPAR is Revenue Per Available Room.

In sum, the USA Lodging Outlook reveals:

  • Hotel room revenues supply & demand all showing positive growth over last year.
  • Room revenue up 8.6% over last year.
  • Summer 2006 was even with Summer 2005.
  • Hotel industry has surpassed benchmark Year 2000.
  • Resort performance was even with last year
  • Resorts and urban hotels achieved higher revenues than other types of lodging.
USA Resort Performance

Hawaii is the leading resort destination with 82.1% occupancy (down 0.7% from last year) and $187 average room rate (up 12.9% over last year). This compares to the national hotel occupancy of 65.2% and average room rate of $97 in the USA. 
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HOT & COLD RESORT DESTINATIONS
 
2006

Occupancy

Percent

Change

2006

ADR

Percent

Change

USA
65.2
1.4
96.81
6.8
Florida
70.2
-3.4
112.59
9.2
Arizona
68.7
1.6
99.47
8.5
California
71.3
1.1
111.02
8.2
Nevada
73.5
1.0
104.13
0.7
Hawaii
82.1
-0.7
187.20
12.9
Wisconsin
56.5
1.6
76.17
4.7
Minnesota
61.7
-0.2
84.11
6.0
Source: Smith Travel Research. YTD August 2006.

Nevada, California and Florida are trailing close behind with 73.5%, 71.3% and 70.2% occupancies, respectively. Hawaii and Florida recorded the biggest gains in occupancy improvement over last year. 

The highest resort room prices were found in Hawaii at $187, in Florida at $112 and in California at $111. Hawaii recorded a price jump of more than 12% in 2006 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. 

  • Regional drive-to resorts will attract more guests than national fly-to resorts.
  • Business travel will become more an elective and less a requirement. 
  • More Americans will telecommute. 
  • Mixing business & leisure 24/7 will lead to greater stress.
  • Never disconnecting will cause greater stress.
  • Lodging, recreation and entertainment concepts will continue to merge.
  • Resorts will become more like theme parks.
  • Resorts will grow faster than other types of lodging.
  • More resorts will become part of mixed-use developments.
  • Future resorts will focus more on guest participation and interaction.
  • Theme parks and resorts will use more simulators to create virtual reality.
  • Resorts will increasingly become a teacher.
  • Seasonal resorts will become year round operations.
  • Resorts will build more and more indoor recreation facilities.
  • Resorts will increasingly incorporate water into their designs.
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 12-year trend of building more than 100 hotel waterpark resorts that extend from the Midwest to the Northeast and Pacific Northwest. 

During 2006, thirty-three (33) new additions and expansion projects are expected to open by year end, bringing the total to 141 hotel waterpark resorts open and operating in the USA. Seventy (70) projects are under construction or will break ground during 2006. 

Clearly, hotel waterpark resorts are not a fad but here to stay. About 99 projects are in the development pipeline compared to 121 in 2005, 69 in 2004, 46 in 2003 and 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. Together the two consultants produce Hotel Waterpark Development & Expansion Workshops, where they present their latest research and a variety of expert speakers. 

Wisconsin Dells Hotel Performance

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.

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 2006, the top two hotel waterpark resorts achieved average room rates above $200. Hotels WITH indoor waterparks recorded average room rates that are 2X that of hotels WITHOUT indoor waterparks. And the average room rate trend over the last three years is getting higher for the haves and lower for the have-nots! The biggest properties are gaining market share while the smaller properties continue to lose market share. 

USA Competitive Supply of Hotel Waterparks

One hundred and forty-one (141) hotel indoor waterparks are open and operating in the USA, including properties scheduled to open in the final months of 2006. 

Hotel waterpark resorts opened in the following states since 2001:
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HOTEL WATERPARK RESORTS OPEN
2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 State
47
35
32
28
25
Wisconsin
21
20
15
14
10
Minnesota
9
7
5
3
2
Michigan
8
4
2
1
1
Ohio
6
4
4
3
3
South Dakota
5
4
3
2
2
North Dakota
4
3
2
1
1
Iowa
4
3
2
2
0
Pennsylvania
4
2
1
0
0
Washington
4
1
0
0
0
Illinois
3
2
2
2
1
Massachusetts
3
1
1
1
1
Nebraska
3
2
0
0
0
Virginia
3
0
0
0
0
Texas
2
2
2
1
0
Kansas
2
2
1
0
0
Indiana
2
2
2
2
1
Montana
2
2
2
2
1
Missouri
2
1
0
0
0
Florida
7
11
6
3
2
Others
141
108
81
65
50
Total
Source: Jeff Coy & Bill Haralson, Hotel Waterpark Research & Consulting
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Independent Versus National Branding

Of these 141 hotels, 75 are affiliated with a national hotel brand while 66 are independent. We counted the Great Wolf Lodges as branded properties starting in 2005. We counted the two Kalahari Resorts as independents, although this familiar name is another emerging national brand. 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, Howard Johnson, 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 Wolf Resorts Inc and Kalahari Resorts, 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. 

Two hotel chains, Marriott and Holiday Inn, are creating indoor waterpark prototypes. 

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. 
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TOP 25 LARGEST HOTEL WATERPARK RESORTS IN USA
Name Location
Rooms
Indoor WP Sq Ft
Opened
Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort Wisconsin Dells WI
593
161,000 
1995
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center Wisconsin Dells WI
738
125,000 
2000
Scotts Hotels & Splash Lagoon Erie PA
270
102,000 
2003
Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains PA
401
90,000
2005
Sheraton Resort & Waterpark Danvers MA
367
85,000
2006
Kalahari Resort Sandusky OH
596
80,000
2005
Chula Vista Resort Expansion Phase 1 Wisconsin Dells WI
377
80,000
2006
Great Wolf Lodge at Kings Island Cincinnati-Mason OH
401
78,000
2006
Grand Lodge & Waterpark of America Bloomington MN
403
70,000
2006
Schlitterbahn Resort & Waterpark Galveston TX
0*
70,000
2006
Treasure Island Wisconsin Dells WI
302
65,000 
1999
Wilderness Glacier Lodge Wild WaterDome Wisconsin Dells WI
224
65,000
2006
Fort Rapids at Holiday Inn East Columbus OH
301
60,000
2006
Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg VA
301
64,000
2005
Mountain Grand & Avalanche Bay Boyne Falls MI
220
58,000
2005
H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark Anchorage AK
0**
56,000 
2003
Holiday Inn Express & Splash Universe Dundee MI
176
53,000
2006
Lodge at Cedar Creek Resort Wausau WI
140
50,000 
2004
Double JJ Ranch & New Frontier Waterpark Rothbury MI
50
50,000
2006
Sheraton Chicago Northwest Arlington Heights IL
429
46,240
2006
Grand Rios Waterpark Resort Brooklyn Park MN
224
46,000 
2004
Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells WI
309
44,000 
1997
Massanutten Resort IWP Addition McGaheysville VA
0***
42,000
2005
Blue Harbor Resort Sheboygan WI
183
40,000 
2004
7 Clans Casino Hotel Thief River Falls MN
151
40,000 
2001
Source: Jeff Coy & Bill Haralson, Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting. * Schlitterbahn has a 428-room hotel adjacent.

** H2Oasis has no hotel. *** Massanutten Resort has 900 rentable condos on site.

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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 657 with an indoor waterpark of 86,400 sf or 132 sf per guest room. The Top 5 resorts have an average of 5.6 waterslides, 2.3 pools and 1.8 hot tubs. All of them have one or more lazy rivers, 80% have a wave pool and 40% have a water coaster. The Top 5 resorts average 70,700 sf of meeting space and 51 meeting rooms. The Top 5 hotel waterpark resorts in 2006 have more rooms, bigger waterparks, more water features and more meeting space than the Top 5 resorts in 2005 --- and the race to be the biggest continues! 
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PROFILE OF LARGEST HOTEL WATERPARKS BY ROOMS
Avg #

Rooms

Avg Sq Ft

Indoor WP

Avg #

Slides

Avg #

Pools

Avg #

HTubs

Lazy

River

Wave

Pool

Water

Coaster

Meeting

Sq Ft

Number

Mtg Rms

Top 5
657
86,448
5.6
2.3
1.8
1.2
0.8
0.4
70,766
51.0
Top 6-15
362
58,700
7.5
4.3
2.2
0.9
0.4
0.2
18,055
3.5
Top 16-25
282
41,220
5.0
3.0
2.0
1.0
0.0
0.0
9,009
5.0
Top 26-50
211
28,930
3.6
2.6
1.4
0.6
0.2
0.1
30,900
11.9
Top 51-100
128
16,058
2.4
2.1
1.2
0.3
0.1
0.0
7,008
5.0
Source: Jeff Coy & Bill Haralson, Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting. October 2006.
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Among the next ten largest (Top 6-15) hotel waterpark resorts, the average number of rooms is 362 with an indoor waterpark of 58,700 sf or 162 sf per guest room. 

Among the top resorts ranked 16-25 by room count, the average number of rooms is 282 with an indoor waterpark of 41,200 sf or 146 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 2-8 waterslides, 2-4 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 80% 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. 
 

PROFILE OF LARGEST HOTEL WATERPARKS BY SIZE OF WATERPARK
Hotels With An

Indoor Waterpark

Avg #

Rooms

Avg Indoor

Waterpark Sq Ft

Indoor Waterpark

Sq Ft Per Room

Rooms Per 1000 Sq Ft

Of Indoor Waterpark

Over 50,000 sf
298
76,947
293
3.7
40,000 to 49,999
217
42,280
195
4.5
30,000 to 39,999
218
33,038
143
7.5
20,000 to 29,999
192
22,882
154
7.9
10,000 to 19,999
109
12,558
108
9.4
5,000 to 9,999
118
6,548
70
18.0
Under 5,000
122
2,557
21
33.3
Source: Jeff Coy & Bill Haralson, Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting. October 2006.
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Hotels with indoor waterparks more than 50,000 square feet average 298 rooms and 76,900 square feet of indoor waterpark --- a ratio of 293 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 217 rooms and 42,200 sf of indoor waterpark --- a ratio of 195 sf per guest room. Notice that hotels with about 100 rooms to vary widely in the sizes of their indoor waterparks. 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 50 to 738 and the meeting facilities vary from 25,000 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 city. 
 

TOP 15 HOTEL MEETING FACILITIES WITH INDOOR WATERPARKS
Name Location
Rooms
Indoor Waterpark

Sq Ft

Meeting

Sq Ft

Kalahari Resort & Convention Center Wisconsin Dells WI
738
125,000 
125,000
Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark Dubuque IA
194
25,000 
120,000
Kalahari Resort Sandusky OH
596
80,000
80,000
BW Ramkota Hotel & Conference Sioux Falls SD
226
3,000 
60,000
Sheraton Resort & Waterpark Danvers MA
367
85,000
50,000
Timber Ridge Lodge Lake Geneva WI
225
30,000 
50,000
Grand Prairie Hotel & KS Splashdown Hutchinson KS
218
20,000 
50,000
Double JJ Ranch & New Frontier WP Rothbury MI
50
50,000
50,000
Great Wolf Lodge at Kings Island Cincinnati-Mason OH
401
78,000
40,000
Chula Vista Resort Wisconsin Dells WI
300
30,000 
40,000
Chula Vista Expansion Phase 1 Wisconsin Dells WI
377
80,000
30,000
Hilton Center City (730) Milwaukee WI
250
20,000 
30,000
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Ctr Alexandria MN
200
38,000 
28,000
Arrowwood Condo Resort & IWP Lake Okoboji IA
100
18,000
28,000
Ramada Plaza Fargo ND
185
10,000 
25,000
Source: Jeff Coy & Bill Haralson, Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting. October 2006. 

Hilton Center City is a 250 room waterpark hotel inside a 730 room convention hotel.

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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. 

Canadian Supply of Hotel Waterparks

In Canada, we have identified 113 hotel indoor waterparks that are open and operating in 2006. Most are located in the western provinces.

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. 
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HOTEL WATERPARKS OPEN IN CANADA
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
Province
42
41
41
38
35
Alberta
22
22
22
20
19
Saskatchewan
15
15
15
13
11
British Columbia
12
10
11
9
6
Ontario
11
11
9
9
7
Manitoba
6
6
6
6
2
Quebec
2
2
2
2
1
Prince Edward Island
3
3
2
2
1
Nova Scotia

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. 
 

TOP 15 CANADIAN HOTEL WATERPARK RESORTS BY SIZE OF WATERPARK
Name Location  
Rooms
Indoor Waterpark

Sq Ft

World Waterpark West Edmonton Mall Edmonton AB
0*
217,800 
Fallsview Indoor Waterpark Niagara Falls ON
125,000
Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls ON
404
103,000
Ameri-Cana Resort Niagara Falls ON
160
19,100
Travelodge World Hotel Ottawa ON
177
13,000
Ramada Hotel & Suites Lethbridge AB
119
13,000 
Best Western Jurassic Inn Drumheller AB
49
6,200
Medicine Hat Lodge Hotel Medicine Hat AB
193
6,000 
Travelodge Hotel Medicine Hat AB
92
5,600 
Riviera Hotel near West Edmonton Mall Edmonton AB
5,500 
Best Western Hospitality Inn Calgary AB
261
5,400 
Douglas Fir Condo Resort Banff AB
133
5,000 
Ramada Renaissance Hotel Saskatoon SK
144
4,800 
Remai Regina Hotel & Convention Center Regina SK
235
4,600 
Sheraton Cavalier Hotel Saskatoon SK
249
4,400 
Source: Jeff Coy & Bill Haralson, Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting. October 2006. 

* Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall has 355 rooms.

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The second largest hotel waterpark in Canada is the Americana 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. 

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 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.
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MEXICAN HOTEL WATERPARK RESORTS
Name Location
Hotel Balneario de Lourdes Sta Maria SLP Mexico
Hotel Balneario Spa La Caldera Abasolo GTO Mexico
CICI Acapulco Magico Waterpark Acapulco Mexico
Wet n Wild Cancun Mexico
Splash Hotel Parque Acuatico Nayrit Mexico City Mexico
Balneario Ixtapan Waterpark Mexico City Mexico
Persaventura Waterpark Piedras Negras COA Mexico
Balneario San Jose Waterpark Quiroga MICH Mexico
Balneario El Rollo Morelos Mexico
Tangamanga Splash San Luis Potosi Mexico
Parque Acuatico El Rollo Tlaquiltenango Mexico
Source: Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting.
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Rest of the World Supply of Waterpark Resorts

About 1,000 waterparks are 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 waterpark association. 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. 

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.
 

REST OF THE WORLD HOTEL WATERPARK RESORTS
Name Location
Rooms
Indoor Waterpark

Sq Ft

Butch Kerzner's Atlantis the Palm Dubai UAE
1000
Jumeirah Beach Resort & Aquapark Dubai UAE
619
Hotel El Paso & Costa Caribe WP Port Aventura Spain
500
Hotel Aventura & Costa Caribe WP Port Aventura Spain
500
Esperos Palace Hotel & Waterpark Faliraki Rhodes Greece
416
Dedeman Hotel & Aquapark Istanbul Turkey
346
Alton Towers/Splash Landing Staffordshire UK
216
40,000 
Yong in Farmland I-OWP  Seoul South Korea
200
38,000 
Amipura Resort & Shanku's OWP Gujaret India
81
Seagaia Phoenix Resort Ocean Dome  Miyazaki City Japan
0
322,752 
Bergische Sonne Indoor Outdoor WP Wuppertal Ruhr Dist Germany
430,560 
Monte Mare Adventure Spa I&OWP Rheinback Germany
269,100 
Alpamare Pfaeffikon Switzerland
25,000 
De Koploper Sportscenter Lelystad Netherlands
8,850 
Basingstoke Indoor Waterpark Basingstoke UK
1,100 
Source: Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting. Coy & Haralson. October 2005.
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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 Parc 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.
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COLLECTION OF CENTER PARC RESORTS & WATERPARKS
Name Location Country Lodging Waterslides Wavepool
Center Parc Longleaf Forest England Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Elveden Forest England Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Sherwood Forest England Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Les Bois-Francs France Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Les Hauts de Bruyeres France Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Erperheide Belgium Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc De Vossermeren Belgium Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Bispinger Heide Germany Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Park Heilbachsee Germany Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Park Hochsauerland Germany Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Butjadinger Kuste Germany Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc De Eemhof Netherlands Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Het Heijderbos Netherlands Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc De Huttenheugte Netherlands Yes Yes Yes
Cener Parc De Kempervennen Netherlands Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Het Meerdal Netherlands Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Park Loohorst Netherlands Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Park Zandvoort Netherlands Yes Yes Yes
Center Parc Port Zelande Netherlands Yes Yes Yes
Source: Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting, Coy & Haralson, October 2005.
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Paco Caudet of Action Park in Spain surveys 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. 
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REST OF THE WORLD WATERPARKS OPEN & OPERATING
# Waterparks
Country
# Waterparks
Country
# Waterparks
Country
60
Germany
10
Turkey
25
India
40
Spain
1
Armenia
25
Japan
30
UK
1
Azerbaijan
10
China
30
Italy
4
Lebanon
10
Malaysia
20
Benelux
4
Cyprus
5
Vietnam
20
France
3
Israel
5
Thailand
10
Scandinavia
3
Egypt
3
Korea
10
Eastern Europe
2
Kuwait
2
Indonesia
10
Russia & Ukraine
2
UAE
5
Other Countries
20
Other Countries        
250
Total Europe
30
Total MidEast
90
Total Asia
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ROW Waterparks Under Construction or In Development

In the rest of the world, here is a list of hotel waterpark resort that either under construction or in the development planning stages:
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REST OF WORLD HOTEL WATERPARK RESORTS IN DEVELOPMENT
Name Location
Centre Parks Paris Notheast France
Waterpark Wodny Indoor Lodz Poland
Waterpark Wodny Indoor Warschau Poland
Suzanne Mela's Indoor Waterpark Berlin-Postdam Germany
Ogmio Astra Pramogu Centras IWP Vilnius Lithuania
Other Projects Spain
Italy
Greece
Dubai
Qatar
Bahrain
Abu Dhabi
Source: Jeff Coy & Bill Haralson, Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting.

Worldwide, waterparks are growing in popularity with both leisure travelers and resort developers. In the USA, the hotel indoor waterpark resort concept quadrupled over the last six years. 

For details about what’s under construction and in the development pipeline, see two related articles:

Hotel Waterpark Resorts: Construction Report 2006
Indoor Waterparks Add Value to Hotel & Resort Mixed-Use Projects


For more information regarding feasibility, supply and demand, contact Jeff Coy at 480-488-3382. Coy heads JLC Hospitality Consulting of Cave Creek AZ. Email jeffcoy@jeffcoy.com or go to www.jeffcoy.com. Or contact Bill Haralson at 505-802-1522. Haralson heads William L. Haralson & Associates of Alto NM. Email wharalson@aol.com or go to www.wlha-inc.com
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Jeff Coy is president of JLC Hospitality Consulting
based in Cave Creek AZ. 
You can reach him at 480-488-8050 or
email him at jeffcoy@jeffcoy.com or
go to www.jeffcoy.com

Bill Haralson is president of William L. Haralson & Associates
of Ruidoso NM.
 You can contact him at 505-258-1522
or email wharalson@aol.com or
go to www.wlha-inc.com

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Contact:

Jeff Coy
 HOTEL WATERPARK RESORT
Research & Consulting
JLC Hospitality Consulting
PO Box 4090 / 39401 N 67th Place
Cave Creek, AZ 85327-4090
480-488-3382 tel
480-488-3382 fax
Email is jeffcoy@aol.com or jeffcoy@jeffcoy.com
Website is www.jeffcoy.com
 

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Also See: Indoor Waterparks Add Value to Hotel & Resort Mixed Use Projects / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / September 2006
Hotel Waterpark Resorts - Construction Report 2006; 73 Are Under Construction, Another 108 are planned / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / July 2006
What Are the Risk Factors of a Hotel Waterpark Investment? / Jeff Coy & Bill Haralson / January 2006
Hotel Waterpark Resort Industry Report 2005 23 New Hotel Waterparks Open, 52 Under Construction / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / October 2005
Hotel Waterpark Resorts Construction Report 2005 / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / October 2005
Hotel Waterpark Resort Industry Report 2004; 14 New Hotel Waterparks Open, 32 Under Construction / October 2004
Hotel Waterpark Resorts - Construction Report 2004; 32 Are Under Construction or Breaking Ground in 2004 / Aug 2004


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