HIRING OF LOCAL SUBCONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS HAS LED TO ECONOMIC STIMULUS AND JOB CREATION IN THE REGION
As construction continues on the $163 million Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark in the Pocono Mountains, Monroe County is benefitting from a surge in economic growth. Through the hiring of subcontractors and suppliers locally and throughout Pennsylvania, $21 million has been directly invested in the region, with over 500 construction jobs having been created to date as a result of the project. The 533,000 square-foot Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is set on 25 acres at the base of Camelback Mountain and is the largest indoor waterpark and hotel development ever constructed in the U.S. in a single phase.
Set to open in spring 2015, the eight-story, 453-room Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark will transform Camelback Resort into a year-round destination by offering family-suite accommodations and indoor waterpark facilities. Once it has opened, Camelback Lodge will continue to have a strong impact on the local economy as a result of the increase in visitors and visitor spending, plus it will employ upwards of 500 people. In its first year of operation, the new Lodge is projected to attract more than 600,000 visitors. According to an Economic Impact Study, the Lodge is also projected to generate tax revenues in excess of $152 million for the township, county and state over a ten-year period.
“Development of Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark has already had a welcome impact on the economy of Monroe County and, in turn, the state of Pennsylvania as a whole,” said Pennsylvania Rep. Mario Scavello. “We are appreciative of the resort ownership’s commitment to this region and to our State and look forward to watching the continued progress of construction. It’s gratifying to see this region experience firsthand the effects of a stimulated economy, including increased job creation and ongoing revenues realized in our local communities.”
Camelback Lodge co-owner Arthur Berry III commented, “We are thrilled to be expanding the Camelback Resort campus, and developing a property that will truly be a year-round destination. This project represents our commitment to the community of Monroe County, and we are proud to support local contractors and builders.”
Camelback Lodge co-owner Ken Ellis noted that the close working relationship between the resort, local government and the community has helped the project’s progress flow smoothly. “We are very appreciative of the efforts by all the partners we’ve worked with throughout the course of this project. It has been a true partnership and all of us are excited to see the positive impact the finished product will have in this community.”
Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is located at Camelback Resort in Tannersville, Pa. The heart of the Pocono Mountains draws visitors from New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia with 28 million people living within 180 miles of this vacation destination.
For more information about Camelback Lodge or to make a reservation call 855-515-1283 or visit www.CamelbackResort.com.