Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

Indoor waterpark market grows

Stateside expansion

A recent survey of indoor waterpark resorts in the US and Canada by Hotel & Leisure Advisors LLC (H&LA) indicates that the number of indoor waterpark destination resorts has grown from 30 available properties as of year-end 2005 to 43 as of year-end 2006.

Twelve waterpark additions to existing hotels or new construction properties, all of which are indoor waterpark destination resorts, are projected to open in 2007. Additional resorts are currently in development and likely to begin construction in 2007.

As of January 2007, H&LA has been tracking more than 240 new indoor waterpark resort development projects and indoor waterpark additions to existing hotels. The Great Wolf Lodge brand offers the greatest number of indoor waterpark destination resorts in the North America and also has the greatest number of new resort properties under construction.

In most markets, there are few family entertainment resorts featuring indoor waterparks. However, in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, where indoor waterparks were first introduced, there are six indoor waterpark destination resorts and 10 smaller hotels with indoor waterparks.

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