Kalahari recently broke ground on a 112,000-square foot Convention Center expansion in the Wisconsin Dells, which will nearly double the available space, bringing the total convention center square footage to 212,000. The expansion includes:

  • Adding a 52,000-square foot ballroom, bringing the total ballroom space to 89,762 square feet and
  • 10 additional meeting rooms which brings the total count to 45 rooms.

The expansion will cost $35 million and is expected to be completed by September 2019.

“When we first opened Kalahari, we had to work hard to create an experience where a convention center and indoor waterpark could exist together. This model has been a splendid success and is now a vital part of any indoor waterpark in the industry today,” stated Travis Nelson, Co-Owner of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions.


In attendance at the ground breaking were three special guests who are very excited about this expansion. Here is what they had to say:

“We are pleased to support the expansion effort at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Wisconsin Dells. The travel and hospitality industry continues to be a top performing sector of our economy and supports more than 193,000 jobs for Wisconsin residents,” stated Sarah Klavas, Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

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“We firmly believe that Wisconsin Dells is a premier travel destination in the Midwest and are thrilled that more guests will be able to experience our one-of-the-kind offering while visiting the area for conventions and meetings,” shared Sarah Hudzinski, Director of Marketing & Communications with the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.

“What we find is that a lot of inquiries we receive tend to be for high-demand time periods where we have difficulty matching groups to spaces. This expansion will allow for larger conventions and help reduce instances where some conventions are being turned away due to lack of space,” noted Tifani Jones, Director of Sales & Services at the Wisconsin Dells VCB.

Currently, Wisconsin Dells has between 4-5 million visitors a year who contribute over $1 billion to the local economy.


About Wisconsin Dells Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

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