Delivering a Beyond Expectations Experience while Excelling in Sustainability Efforts
By John Chastan, CMP General Manager, Kalahari Resorts | May 25, 2014
Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is committed to delivering a beyond expectations guest experience, and in addition to offering outstanding service, has introduced state-of-the-art green operations that protect the environment and reduce the resorts' carbon footprint. One of three recipients of the 2006 Partners for Clean Air Recognition Award, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions leads the hotel industry in cutting edge-initiatives for water conservation, recycling, lighting and climate control. These initiatives include, but are not limited to, high-efficiency water consumption pumps within the indoor and outdoor waterparks for extended life cycle, more than 4,160 square feet of rooftop solar panels, partnering with the renown Clean The World organization and much more.
Guests and planners continue to evaluate a resort's sustainability practices when choosing a venue. Between 5 to 10 percent of Kalahari customers are pro-actively planning sustainable meetings and events; so we are committed to not only serving our guests, but the environment as well. The initiatives we've implemented allow Kalahari to meet and exceed guest expectations while focusing on operation sustainability.
Kalahari helps meeting and event planners reduce their carbon footprint by providing a location that minimizing travel by attendees. A factor that isn't often considered when planning an event is transportation to the meeting, including speakers from long distances, and how that travel uses an unnecessary amount of energy. We find when planners are selecting a destination that has a variety of activities, dining options and attractions on-promise, reduces the amount of local travel and decreases the meeting's carbon footprint.
Kalahari Resorts opened its first location in the Wisconsin Dells in 2000, a second resort followed in Sandusky, Ohio in 2005, and, the newest property is scheduled to launch in the Pocono Mountains in summer 2015. During the expansion of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, the team has worked to implement a wide variety of eco-friendly practices both large and small.
The Environmental Protection Agency states the amount of water used in hotels and other lodging businesses account for approximately 15 percent of the total water consumed in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States. It's no easy feat to keep Americas' largest indoor waterparks, state-of-the-art convention centers, award-winning indoor and outdoor attractions and 700-900 guest rooms per property sustainable.
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