Hotel Indoor Waterpark
|By Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson, September 2002
If you’re planning to add an indoor waterpark to your existing hotel or start from scratch with a new construction project, like the Kalahari Resort or Great Wolf Lodge at Wisconsin Dells, you may want to get the experts involved early.
Did you hear the one about the guy who built a yacht in his basement and then had to tear down his house to get the boat out? Well, it can be the same problem in reverse when you’re building an indoor waterpark. Many times, you have to build the water structure first --- you know, the waterslides and the treehouse. Then you build the walls around it and a roof over the top of it. This can be just one of the unique things about constructing indoor waterparks that requires expert help early in the design stage.
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Forty-eight hotel waterparks are open and operating nationwide. Nine hotels with indoor waterparks are currently under construction in Wisconsin Dells WI, Tomah WI, Erie PA, Minneapolis MN, Alexandria MN, Traverse City MI, Boyne Falls MI, Missoula MT and Dubuque IA. Eight are under construction in Canada. Twenty seven more projects are in the development planning stages throughout the USA & Canada.
Coy and Haralson have teamed up to form Hotel Waterpark Resort Research & Consulting, a collaborative effort of their two firms, to collect a hotel-waterpark industry database as a resource for owners and developers. Data resources include waterpark supply & demand growth, construction costs, operating expense ratios as well as before & after impacts of indoor waterparks on hotel occupancy, average room rates and revenues.
Workshop Scheduled October 8th at WWA Convention in Las Vegas
If you still have questions for the experts, plan to attend the Hotel Indoor Waterpark Resort Workshop, Tuesday, October 8, 2002, 9am to 5pm, in the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is part of the World Waterpark Association convention and exposition being held that week. To register, contact Marci McNeal at 913-599-0300 or [email protected].
Jeff Coy of Rochester MN-based JLC Hospitality Consulting Inc and Bill Haralson of Richardson TX-based William L. Haralson & Associates Inc will team up to present the results of their recent research on this new lodging-entertainment concept. Jeff and Bill will moderate several panels of experts talking about their experiences with hotel indoor waterpark resorts --- from market analysis to feasibility to design-development concepts, estimating construction costs, preparing a loan request, pre-opening, operations and marketing.
|Also See||Hotel Indoor Waterparks Boost Revenues, Extend Peak Season to Year Round / Jeff Coy, ISHC / January 2002|
|Hotel Waterparks Grow Throughout Midwest, Product Ready for National Expansion / Bill Haralson and Jeff Coy / April 2002|