Is the latest heavy hitter in hospitality a troubled amusement-park operator whose shares currently trade for less than $5 a stub? If so, it means that Six Flags
After years of not taking full advantage of its prized real estate, the company is set to build out its amusement-park empire with onsite resort destinations, beginning with the 200-suite Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark, set to open in just a few months at its park in Lake George, N.Y.
And in a recent online survey for the chain's season-pass holders, one of the questions involved a 500- to 700-room full-service hotel planned for its Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in New Jersey. Six Flags is looking to open the hotel in time for the 2007 operating season.
Yes, most of Six Flags' turnstile clicks come from the locals. But out-of-towners are more likely to load up on souvenirs, eat at the park, and possibly extend their stay for another day. That's why it's smart to make the parks a more attractive destination by offering lodging to those patrons.
No one is arguing that Six Flags is about to become the next Hilton
Now for some more summer reading:
- Some seasonal operators are looking to extend their summer seasons.
- Last summer saw more than just travel industries on a roller coaster ride.
- The warmest months of the year may be the best ones to think about taxes.
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz loves to take his family to new amusement parks every summer, and he practices what he preaches -- he owns shares in Disney, Cedar Fair, and Six Flags. The Fool has a disclosure policy. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.