The associates at Rosen Hotels & Resorts® are the life of the company. Their commitments to diversity, inclusion, teamwork, unity, and open communication create tremendous value.
Everyone at Rosen Hotels & Resorts feels safe and at home. Even guests know to expect excellent service and to have their needs met.
Associates give their best to each other and guests, which creates fulfillment. Moreover, associates give back to local communities in which our associates, families, and friends live.
Our culture at Rosen Hotels & Resorts continues to write our history. The company started in 1974 when Harris Rosen invested all he had into his first hotel. He even lived onsite and worked multiple jobs pivotal for running the hotel. It was his hands-on approach that inspired a sense of ownership within all associates, then and now.
As the company grew, Rosen Hotels & Resorts adopted Rosen’s desire to seek a greater purpose, genuine concern for the wellness and safety of all, and drive to positively impact the community.
To arrive at the foundation of these values and principles we must look further back than 1974. Further back we see that the building blocks of our culture were born from Rosen’s childhood hardships, dreams, and his own discipline.
Our history is still being written, and under Harris Rosen’s leadership, we’re also further defining our legacy.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts
Harris Rosen graduates from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration
Harris Rosen joins the United States Army
Harris Rosen starts working at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
Mr. Rosen joins Disney Company as Director of Hotel Planning and is instrumental in the development and planning of the Contemporary Resort Hotel and the Polynesian Village Hotel.
Harris Rosen purchases his first hotel the Quality Inn International, now known as the Rosen Inn International. Consequently, Tamar Inns, the company behind the hotel, is born. International Inn opens with 256 guestrooms. After three expansions and renovations, the hotel now has 728 guestrooms. Mr. Rosen’s early method of attracting guests was to hitchhike to the Northeast visiting one motor coach company after another, asking them to name their price. He came home with contracts for guestroom rates as low as $7 a night. This commitment to occupancy instead of average rate has become a tradition.
Harris Rosen purchases the 251-guestroom-hotel the International Inn, now known as the Rosen Inn (closest to Universal Orlando® Resort). An expansion in 1979 brings it to 315 guestrooms.
The Quality Inn Plaza, now known as Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, was Rosen Hotels & Resorts®’ first hotel planned from blueprint to full construction. It opened with 340 guestrooms. Three expansions increase the property’s capacity to 1,020 guestrooms.
Comfort Inn Lake Buena Vista, now known as Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista, opens with 320 guestrooms and quickly doubles its size to 640 guestrooms. Mr. Rosen employs his idea of a flashing billboard alongside Interstate 4 that reads “Best Rates in Town,” which turns those passing by into guests. People come flocking in. The hotel reaches maximum capacity on opening night, so Harris Rosen stands in the parking lot and redirects guests to other Rosen hotels. This property ran 100% occupancy during its first five years.
Clarion Plaza, now known as Rosen Plaza, opens as Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ first full-service convention hotel with 800 guestrooms, 60,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, fine dining, and a nightclub.
Original Rosen Medical Center Opens
Tangelo Park Program is Launched
RSC Insurance is established and changed its name to ProvInsure in 2006
Rosen Hotels & Resorts® opens its second full-service convention hotel, Omni Rosen, now known as the Rosen Centre® Hotel. Rising 24 stories over International Drive, the hotel boasts more than 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and fine-dining restaurants.
Millennium Technology Group opens for business.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts associates attend the first Associates Health, Benefits & Safety Fair.
The Rosen Hotels & Resorts Family Outreach Center opens.
The company changes its name from Tamar Inns; the Rosen Hotels & Resorts name and brand is officially born. Clarion Plaza Hotel becomes Rosen Plaza Hotel and the Omni Rosen becomes Rosen Centre Hotel.
Pillars of Our Strength Program is born.
The First Golden Pillar Awards banquet is held to honor associates who provide outstanding service.
Shingle Creek Golf Club opens. David Harman designs the 18-hole golf course, which is later and consistently recognized as one of the top courses in Orlando, Florida, by Golf Magazine and others.
University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management opens.
Harris Rosen serves as honorary co-chair of the Bethune-Cookman College Statue Project
U.S. Dream Academy in Washington, D.C. honors Mr. Harris Rosen with the President’s Award for the Tangelo Park Pilot Program.
Water for Haiti Gala fundraising effort from the Rosen Foundation and Haitian Self-Sufficiency Task Force raises money to purchase water filtration systems to be used in Haiti.
Rosen Shingle Creek opens with 1,501 guestrooms and suites and over 462,000 sq. ft. of “state of the art” ballroom and meeting facilities. It boasts one of the largest “column free” ballrooms in the United States measuring 95,000 sq. ft. The hotel also features a full-service spa, a state of the art health club, fine dining Italian bistro, and Shingle Creek Golf Club.
The first group of Cornell students participates in Rosen’s Alternative Spring Break, which helps Tangelo Park.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts receives the Apex Award for healthcare accessibility.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts becomes a nicotine-free company.
The state of Florida recognizes Rosen Hotels & Resorts convention properties for their green practices. The convention properties achieve Two Palms status.
W.O.W. Factor Program begins giving associates access to fitness opportunities at work.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts receives its first Fit Friendly Worksite Award presented by the American Heart Association.
Harris Rosen is inducted into the Central Florida Hospitality Hall of Fame.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts receives the Legacy Award for green practices.
The Jack & Lee Rosen Jewish Community Center opens.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts receives the Beacon Award for its diversity practices.
Harris Rosen named Citizen of the Year by the Florida School Board Association.
Harris Rosen sets out to raise $100,000 for Haiti Relief after the catastrophic earthquake. This mission would later become the Little Haiti House Project.
Mr. Rosen named Honorary Consul General of Japan in Orlando.
Quality Inn Plaza renamed Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando.
International Inn renamed Rosen Inn.
Comfort Inn Lake Buena Vista renamed Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista.
Rosen Centre opens the Skywalk connecting the hotel with the Orange County Convention Center.
Harris Rosen is named Cornell Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year.
Harris Rosen raises over $86,000 for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts opens the new 12,000 sq. ft. Rosen Medical Center.
All Rosen hotels now offer free wireless internet access to guests.
Harris Rosen Donates $1 million to Give Kids the World
Quality Inn International renamed Rosen Inn International.
Gary Sain Memorial Skybridge opens connecting the Rosen Plaza to the Orange County Convention Center.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Rosen Shingle Creek receives prestigious Three Palm Status in Florida DEP’s Green Lodging Program.
Harris Rosen receives the Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award by The King Center, Atlanta.
The Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre, and Rosen Shingle Creek achieved APEX certifications for green practices in the areas of venues and accommodations.
Rosen Preschool in Parramore Opens
Rosen Hotels & Resorts purchases two additional properties in Central Florida, the Clarion Inn & Suites and the Red Roof Inn, for future expansion.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts is recognized by Preferred Hotels & Resorts with the GIFTTS Pineapple Award for outstanding work in the areas of philanthropy, community service, sustainability, and education.
Tangelo Park Preschool Opens
RosenCare partners with the School District of Osceola County to administer the district’s Center for Employee Health
Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista becomes Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista
Rosen Hotels & Resorts convention properties achieve GBAC Star Facility Accreditation
Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center Opens
Adam Michael Rosen Neuro-Oncology Laboratories, made possible by a gift from the Harris Rosen Foundation, opens at the University of Florida
Harris Rosen named one of the Top 25 Innovators by Modern Healthcare