News for the Hospitality Executive
Bob Masterson is Keynote Speaker
at Hotel Waterpark Resort Workshop
March 10-13, 2009
Ripley’s Retiree Talks About Good News Ahead Believe It or Not
February 16, 2009 --- Bob Masterson, past chairman of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, owner of the Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls ON and past chairman of the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, is one of three keynote speakers tapped to address waterpark resort developers, owners and operators at a major conference scheduled for March 10-13, 2009 in Wisconsin Dells WI.
Several hundred existing waterpark resort owners
from across the USA, Mexico & Canada are expected to meet at the Chula
Vista Resort conference center in March to learn more about How to Survive
& Prosper in Turbulent Times. Resort developers will hear about
raising equity in today’s environment and when banks will start lending
again on hotel projects. Other topics include marketing-effectiveness,
energy-efficiency, operational-improvement and how to add more adventure
to the waterpark experience. More information can be found at www.hotelwaterparkworkshop.com.
Ripley’s has over 70 attractions in 12 countries, draws millions of visitors and sells millions of books annually. Attractions include the Ripley’s Believe It or Not odditoriums, aquariums, haunted adventures, Guinness World Record museums, moving theaters, interactive mini-golf, arcades, a syndicated TV show and a 90-year old cartoon that is still seen daily in nearly 200 newspapers in 42 countries. The most recent addition to the Ripley collection is the Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada.
“Prior to hearing Masterson speak, the workshop’s Friday morning agenda is focused on surviving the current recession but also on understanding the investors who are sitting on the sidelines and determining which banks are strong enough to lend money to hotel developers by mid 2010,” according to workshop co-producer and industry consultant Jeff Coy who heads JLC Hospitality Consulting in Phoenix-Cave Creek AZ.
Mike Conaghan of Capital Square Partners of Madison will explain the bank crisis and bailout. Mike Kwiatkowski from equity-raiser Virchow Krause of Madison will be a panelist along with Jon Bernander of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Merlin Zitzner of Baraboo National Bank to offer their opinions on equity and debt financing.
Top planners, designers and engineers from the waterpark, theme park, ski, recreation, entertainment and leisure industries will be on hand to discuss the current challenges and share strategies about reviving the hotel & travel industry. Over 40 experts are scheduled to speak. Sessions include:
Sponsors include: Agilysys of Fort Lauderdale FL, American Structurepoint of Indianapolis IN, Architectural Design Consultants Inc of Lake Delton WI, Cloward H2O Design & Engineering of Provo UT, Counsilman-Hunsaker of St Louis MO, Firemans Fund Insurance of Milwaukee WI, Fish & Schulkamp Inc of Wisconsin Dells WI, The Neuman Group of Beaver Dam WI, Precision Dynamics Corp of Las Vegas NV, ProSlide of Ottawa Canada, Rain Drop Products of Ashland OH and Resort & Recreation Magazine of Grand Rapids MI.
About 300 hotel, resort and attraction owners, managers and developers are expected to attend --- along with investors, lenders, city council members, economic development directors, CVB staffs and tourism officials.
For conference registration, go to www.hotelwaterparkworkshop.com or call Chula Vista Resort at 608-254-8366. Speakers, contact Jeff Coy at 480-488-3382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsors, contact Bill Haralson at 575-802-1522 or email email@example.com.
PLAN TO ATTEND
Hotel Waterpark Resorts Workshop:
|Also See:||Hotel Waterpark Resort Industry Report 2004; Growth Accelerates, Projects Get Bigger / Jeff Coy & Bill Haralson / February 2008|
|Hotel Waterparks Construction Report 2008; 33 Hotel Waterparks Opened in 2007, 55 Scheduled for 2008 / February 2008|
|Hotel Waterpark Resort Growth Accelerates, Projects Get Bigger / February 2008|