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Rosen Hotels & Resorts Announces Plans for New Skybridge to Connect to Orange County Convention Center

Skybridge between Rosen Plaza and Convention Center Will Be Named in Honor of the Late Visit Orlando President & CEO, Gary Sain

For more information, contact:
Mary Deatrick, DPR
407-332-5212 , mary@deatrickpr.com

Photography available at http://www.rosenplaza.com/media-press/press-gallery/

ORLANDO (March 1, 2013) — Rosen Hotels & Resorts celebrated a milestone today as it announced plans to build a new skybridge connecting Rosen Plaza, its 800-room convention hotel, with the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) West Building. The pedestrian skybridge will be named the Gary Sain Memorial Bridge, in honor of the previous Visit Orlando President & CEO who passed away in May 2012. Sain had led the region’s main tourism-marketing agency since 2007, bringing about reorganization, a new vision and a name change to what had for years been called the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, or Orlando CVB.

Construction of the $3 million bridge will be entirely funded by Rosen Hotels & Resorts, completing the final link in connecting OCCC with adjacent International Drive hotels. Rosen Plaza’s sister property, Rosen Centre, installed an aerial walkway for pedestrians in March 2011. The bridges are designed to provide meetings attendees with a safe, weather-proof and traffic-free “commute” from their guestroom to the convention center.

Rather than breaking ground for the aerial project, the plans for the skybridge were announced with a cake cutting ceremony attended by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, current Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel, and Harris Rosen, President and COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts. They, along with other Orlando tourism industry leaders, used shovels to “dig” into an oversized cake featuring a chocolate bridge connecting Rosen Plaza with the OCCC.

“I am honored to dedicate this project to my friend and colleague, Gary Sain,” said Rosen. “It is entirely fitting that this pedestrian skybridge named in his honor will be used to benefit thousands of visitors to Orlando, a destination he worked tirelessly to build and strengthen during his time with us. Rest assured, Gary’s legacy continues here today.”

The new skybridge comes on the heels of other recent improvements at Rosen Plaza. In fall 2012, the hotel completed a floor-to-ceiling renovation of all 800 guest rooms. Sleeping areas were outfitted with new amenities including 32″ flat-screen TVs, mini-refrigerators and 17″ lap-top sized safes, as well as new granite-topped dressers and nightstands, and new bedding and curtains. Bathrooms were redesigned for a spa-like feel with tiled showers and tubs with mosaic glass tile accents and granite-topped vanities. The hotel’s 16 hospitality suites—the Executive, Plaza and new Junior suites—were redesigned to offer more flexible seating and updated for a crisp, contemporary feel. Carpet in all guestrooms, suites and hallways was replaced with the latest in eco-friendly technology. The hotel’s full-service and buffet restaurant, Café Matisse, received a fresh, new look and updates including new wall benches, booths and dining tables to offer more comfortable seating and more flexibility for large groups.

The 800-room Rosen Plaza provides its guests with resort-style luxury in a world-class vacation destination. Guests at Rosen Plaza will enjoy accommodations in a deluxe room with a variety of amenities such as the outdoor heated pool and whirlpool and the Fitness center featuring “Life Fitness” cardiovascular and exercise machines and a full-range of free weights. Four on-site restaurants include Jack’s Place, voted the number one restaurant on International Drive by Orlando Magazine, with casual fine dining. Café Matisse offers buffets as well as full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The Lite Bite is open 24 hours a day and serves deli sandwiches and snacks. For entertainment, live music is featured on Friday and Saturday nights in Backstage Nightclub & Sports Bar, International Drive’s original nightclub. The nightclub also features a live deejay on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, large dance floor, pool tables and dart boards, 50-inch LCD screen TVs throughout, free valet parking, VIP area, food menu and more.

The hotel is conveniently located on International Drive across the street from Pointe Orlando’s incredible dining and entertainment complex. Other entertainment options include a 20-screen IMAX® stadium-seating theatre and popular retailers such as the Discovery Store, Brighton Collectibles and Artsy Abode. For an additional charge, guests may enjoy golf or spa treatments at Rosen Plaza’s nearby sister properties, the award-winning Rosen Shingle Creek or spa at award-winning Rosen Centre. Rosen Plaza guests also complimentary transportation to Shingle Creek Golf Club, The Spa at Shingle Creek and Body and Sol Spa at Rosen Centre, as well as scheduled complimentary transportation to and from Universal Orlando® Resort, Sea World Orlando® and Wet ‘n Wild Orlando.

Rosen Plaza is only 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport. For more information, visit www.rosenplaza.com.

Rosen Hotels & Resorts owns and manages a family of seven Orlando hotels including three award-winning convention hotels—Rosen Centre, Rosen Plaza and Rosen Shingle Creek—and four leisure properties in the Orlando tourist corridor—the Quality Inn International, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, Rosen Inn closest to Universal and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista. The three Rosen convention hotels offer the most guest rooms and combined meeting space and closest proximity to the Orange County Convention Center of any other Orlando convention hotel group. For more information, visit www.rosenhotels.com.

About The Orange County Convention Center
Celebrating 30 years of success, the Orange County Convention Center is the second largest convention facility in America. Each year the OCCC attracts more than 200 events to the Central Florida area. As a result, roughly 1.4 million attendees contribute approximately $2.1 billion to the area’s economy each year. For more information about the Orange County Convention Center visit our Web site at www.occc.net.

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