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Kalahari’s out-of-Africa experience in Ohio expands


Courtesy Kalahari Resort
SANDUSKY, OHIO  – Kalahari Resort Convention Center can now accommodate groups as large as 5,200 attendees, thanks to an expansion of the convention center originally built in 2006.

The 215,000-square-foot center is almost twice as large as the original. The expansion was part of a $22 million renovation and expansion at the resort and waterpark.

The 900-room resort’s African theme is carried throughout the convention center, but alongside authentic African art and artifacts is meetings technology that includes interactive whiteboards, videoconferencing, high-end acoustical sound systems,  high-definition projectors and formatted screens, advanced lighting-control systems and digital signage.

The resort also has added electronically lockable built-in bars and registration areas and warming kitchens in key areas.

The addition includes a 38,000-square-foot ballroom/expo center, a 12,000-square-foot junior ballroom, 14 meeting rooms and 30,000 square feet of prefunction space.

Midway between Toledo and Cleveland, Kalahari has what it claims is the world’s largest indoor water park. Other amenities include nine restaurants, five retail shops, a full-service spa, an outdoor zipline and a ropes course.