What do Swahili, chicken soup cans, and meeting planners have in common? They are all connected to the grand opening of Kalahari Resorts' NIA Center, a hotel and conference center in Sandusky, Ohio. The Africa-themed property, which includes 95,000 square feet of meeting space, 596 guest rooms, restaurants, a spa, and waterpark, is named for the Swahili word, nia, which means purpose. Resort officials say the name reflects their commitment to “purposeful events.” The September 19 grand ...

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