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Kalahari Resort - Sandusky Doubles Size Of Convention Center With $22 Million Expansion

Addition Makes Kalahari – Sandusky the Only “Under-One-Roof” Complex in the Midwest With Convention Center and Hotel of Such Scope

Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio recently announced the opening of its newly expanded convention center, marking the completion of a $22 million, 10 month renovation. The 120,000-sq. ft. addition more than doubles the size of the previous convention center, bringing the total square footage to 215,000 and making the Kalahari Resort – Sandusky the only under-one-roof complex in the Midwest to offer a convention center and hotel of such scope.

As the second largest employer in the area, the expansion will add more than 140 full-time jobs to Kalahari’s 1,200-member employee base. It is also expected to generate additional taxable revenue within the resort equal to the amount of approximately $150 million over the first 20 years.

“Kalahari Resorts has been a strong community partner and a true job creator, as evidenced by the expansion of their new convention center,” said Gov. John R. Kasich. “We look forward to showcasing our great state to guests at conventions and meetings, and we also encourage Ohioans to explore this resource located in our own backyard.”

Kalahari’s newest space accommodates 5,200 conference attendees as compared to 2,200 at the original convention center, which opened in 2006 and helped fill a void of hotel and meetings space in the region. The resort’s distinctive African theme is carried throughout the convention center, and guests will find authentic African art and artifacts alongside state-of-the-art meetings technology.

“We’re excited to open the doors of Kalahari’s expanded convention center and continue our tradition of providing guests with the ultimate experience and location to host a meeting conference or event,” said Todd Nelson, president of Kalahari Resorts. “This expansion demonstrates our commitment to the Ohio community and we are pleased to contribute to the growth of this area and the state.”

Conference attendees will find the latest audio visual technology available, including interactive whiteboards, video conferencing options, high-end acoustical sound systems, HD-quality projectors and formatted screens, advanced lighting control systems and digital signage. Meeting planners will also appreciate smart design elements, such as electronically lockable built-in bars and registration areas, as well as added warming kitchens in key areas to enhance food and beverage service options.

The new addition includes a 38,000-sq. ft. grand ballroom/expo center, a 12,000-sq. ft. junior ballroom, 14 meeting rooms, a 4,000-sq. ft. themed outdoor plaza connected to an indoor ballroom and 30,000 sq. ft. of pre-function space. On January 10, local and state officials joined Kalahari executives to officially unveil the new convention center. For more information or to inquire about holding an event at Kalahari, please call (877) 525-2427 or visit

About Kalahari Resorts
Kalahari Resorts are located in Wisconsin Dells, WI and Sandusky, OH. As a family owned and operated business, the authentically African-themed resorts and convention centers are home to America’s Largest Indoor Waterparks and award-winning outdoor and indoor attractions. Both resorts boast well over 700 guest rooms, full-service spas, unique retail shops and a wide variety of dining options. In addition, Kalahari’s Sandusky location is home to one of the largest game arcades in the Midwest and the Wisconsin Dells location features Trappers Turn, a 27-hole award-winning golf course and the Crystal Grand Theatre for live entertainment. For reservations and guest information, call (877) 525-2427 or visit