Central Texas is about to get a whole lot cooler.

A Resort company by the name of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions announced Wednesday its plans to bring its first venture into the Southwest - a 200,000 square-foot Africa-themed water park in Central Texas - more specifically in the burgeoning city of Round Rock.

The company, which has three major resorts in Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, plans to mirror the likes of the other established resorts with a minimum of 990 guest rooms, a spa and fitness center, restaurants, shops and conference rooms. Oh yeah, did we mention the 200,000 square-foot water park?

An interesting facet of this company is that it has strong recreational value, but it's also a place of business as the space creates "meeting markets" within the convention centers.

"There's really no downside to us coming here," said owner Todd Nelson in the Statesman. "Every business should do much better after Kalahari opens."

The city has been working with Kalahari for the last two years while the company decided where its next location would land, according to Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw.

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