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Hotel Industry Consultant Opens Michigan
Office; MSU Grad Rides Wave of
Indoor Waterpark Growth


July 29, 2005 --- Lansing, MI. - JLC Hospitality Consulting Inc, a Rochester MN-based hotel research and consulting firm will open an office in DeWitt, Michigan, effective August 1, according to Jeff Coy, its president and founder. 

"We decided we wanted to be closer to our current customers and potential developers to better provide development services and on-going management and market support," declared Coy, who in the last few years has become a leading authority on indoor waterparks as part of hotels and resorts.

In fact Michigan has five hotel waterpark resorts open & operating, 3 under construction and 3 in the pipeline, according to recent e-newsletter, Michigan Tourism Business. Michigan is among the top three states in the growth of hotel waterpark resorts. 

"By opening an office in the Lansing area, we are just following the natural growth of this new lodging-entertainment product as it spreads from Minnesota and Wisconsin to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York." The firmís new address is 8256 Francis Road, DeWitt, Michigan 48820 --- part of 276 acres of woods and farmland. 

In early 2001, Jeff Coy, a Michigan State graduate, teamed up with attractions consultant Bill Haralson of Dallas to gather and report industry data on the hotel waterpark resort concept that originated in Wisconsin Dells WI and started to grow rapidly nationwide. 

The companyís recent feasibility projects include: (1) Wasserbaun Resort, an 11,000 sf holidome conversion at Holiday Inn Amana Colonies in Iowa; (2) Mountain Grand Hotel and its 83,000 sf Avalanche Bay indoor waterpark, which opened May 2005 at Boyne Mountain Ski Resort in northwest Michigan; (3) Grand Bear Lodge, which opened at Starved Rock in Utica, Illinois; and (4) Fort Rapids Waterpark Resort, which is under construction at the Holiday Inn in Columbus, Ohio.

Other projects in the eastern region include: Irish Hills MI, New Buffalo MI, Frankenmuth MI, McGregor IA, Council Bluffs IA, Cary IL, Harvard IL, East Dundee IL, Champaign-Urbana IL, Celina OH, Rochester NY, Niagara Falls ON, Wasaga Beach ON, Franklin PA, the Pocono Mountains of PA, McHenry MD and Merrimack NH. 

The hotel-waterpark concept also is spreading west, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Later in September, Coy plans to announce the opening of an Arizona office to better service resort developers in the western region. 


Jeff Coy
JLC Hospitality Consulting Inc
8256 Francis Road
DeWitt, Michigan 48820
507-261-7474 cell

Also See: 12 Predictions On the Future of Ski Resorts / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / January 2005
17 Predictions On Future Resort Development / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / January 2005
18 Predictions About the Future of Hotel Waterpark Resorts / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / January 2005
Condominium Hotels: The Latest Strategy for Hotel Waterpark Resorts / October 2004
What Is a Waterpark --- Really? Blending Swimming Pools, Amusement/Theme Parks, Hotels & Resorts Calls for New Definitions / October 2004
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
Ski Resorts Expand Year Round Revenues, Add Outdoor & Indoor Waterparks / Jeff Coy & Bill Haralson / May 2004
Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson Find a Way to Get Waterparks Flowing at Hotels and Resorts / April 2004
Hotel Waterpark Resort Industry Report - 2003 14 New Hotel Waterpark Resorts Open / October 2003
Whatís It Going to Cost to Build a Hotel With an Indoor Waterpark? A Guide to Cost Allocations for Developers / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / May 2003
Hotel Waterpark Resort Industry Report - 2002 / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / Nov 2002
So You Want to Build a Hotel Indoor Waterpark / Jeff Coy and Bill Haralson / Sept 2002
Hotel Waterparks Grow Throughout Midwest, Product Ready for National Expansion / Bill Haralson and Jeff Coy / April 2002
Hotel Indoor Waterparks Boost Revenues, Extend Peak Season to Year Round / Jeff Coy, ISHC / January 2002
Wisconsin Dells Becoming a Land of Haves and Have-Nots; Waterpark Hotels Achieved 26 Points Higher Occupancy Than Regular Hotels in 2001 / April 2002

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