EDITOR’S NOTE: The new Kalahari waterpark and resort in the Pocono Mountains is opening this June, and has installed PDC’s Smart Band RFID® Wristband System for access control and cashless payments. Hotel guests will be able to use their RFID wristbands as keyless access to their hotel room, water park, and common doors such as the gym and spa. Plus, they’ll be able to make cashless purchases throughout the resort using their wristband. Single-day guests who are only visiting the water park can also use their RFID wristbands to enter the facility. Read the full story below for more details on the opening of Kalahari!
Scheduled to open in 2015, Kalahari Resorts Pocono Mountains is a $230 million, 150-acre complex in Monroe County at Pocono Manor. The ground breaking begins phase one of the resort project, which will include: 457 luxury guest rooms and suites, a 100,0000-square-foot indoor waterpark and seasonal outdoor waterpark, a 65,000-square-foot convention center, a 30,000-square-foot family entertainment center and 6,000 square feet of retail space. The resort will also feature three full-service restaurants and will offer something for everyone, including a high-end steak and seafood option, a gourmet buffet, a cozy lounge and snack areas.
“Kalahari is thrilled to bring our authentic African resort experience to the East Coast,” says Todd Nelson, owner and president of Kalahari Resorts. “As the Pocono Mountains property begins construction, we look forward to contributing to the local economy and sharing our beyond expectations approach to hospitality with area vacation goers, conference attendees and local guests throughout the Pocono region.”
The Pocono Mountains resort marks the company’s first foray into the East Coast market and third Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center, joining successful properties in Wisconsin Dells, WI, and Sandusky, OH. Since its conception, Kalahari Resorts has acted as a unique, family-owned and operated business, which is evident in the company’s overall family oriented business plan and its day-to-day operations.
“We are pleased to welcome this new project to the Poconos. Tourism is our state’s second largest industry providing good, stable jobs for many Pennsylvanians and this project will add to that success,” said Governor Corbett at the groundbreaking ceremony.
“The Pocono Mountains welcomes the addition of Kalahari Resorts to its’ already existing tourism landscape of attractions and accommodations,” said Carl Wilgus, president/CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. “Their proposed resort, waterpark and convention center, combined with their history of demonstrated quality management and customer service excellence, will make them a welcomed addition and asset to the Pocono Mountains tourism product. Furthermore, the family-owned Kalahari Resort joins the long history and tradition of the family-owned and operated businesses in the Pocono Mountains, branding the region as a destination of choice for family vacations.”