After one-and-a-half years, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in the Pocono Mountains, Pa., is set to open its doors.

The grand opening will of the brand-new resort is slated for July 1. The hotel—the first Kalahari on the East Coast—features 457 rooms and suites, 65,000-square-feet of meeting space, a spa, an 18-hole, Donald Ross-designed golf course and a number of retail shops. The hotel is the largest indoor waterpark in the state of Pennsylvania.

The meeting space includes 25,000-square-foot and 9,000-square foot ballrooms, 18 meeting spaces, a handful of hospitality suites, two boardrooms and nine meeting rooms designed for smaller get-togethers. 

On September 1, over 1,500 businesses across the country illuminated their buildings with red lights to draw attention to the devastation that the live events and performance art industries have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

According to a survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), frequent travelers feel safer when hotels adhere to AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, which detail cleaning protocols for hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Through responses to bi-weekly surveys, Global Business Travel Association members have indicated that domestic busines travel is ramping up after months of struggle.