Orlando, FL – (September 19, 2013) – The Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard is proud to announce they have broke ground on a new state-of-the-art meeting and special event center that will expand this AAA Four Diamond Luxury Hotel’s meeting space by an additional 5,576 square feet (including pre-function space). This exquisitely designed new meeting and event center will expand the hotel’s capacity to accommodate corporate and association group meetings, as well as their ability to host weddings, banquets and special events for groups up to 370 for banquet settings and 330 for meetings. With total meeting space soon to reach 13,685 sq. ft., the hotel is very excited to soon be able to accommodate the mid-sized meeting, wedding and special event market in a luxury setting. The expected opening date is February, 2014.
General Manager, Mike Magnelli stated, “We have consistently been recognized for our commitment to exceptional service and ability to execute a flawless meeting, banquet or special event. This additional conference facility gives us the ability to reach out to mid-sized groups and larger special events that we previously did not have the physical space to host. Our associates are equally as excited about the business opportunities this will bring, and we have already received great feedback from existing and potential clients.”
“I was delighted to learn that the Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard will be expanding its operations by adding a new Conference and Event Center to their AAA Four Diamond Westin Imagine hotel, and offer my congratulations on their September 5th ground-breaking,” said Teresa Jacobs, Mayor of Orange County. “Particularly as Central Florida grows its reputation as a world-wide destination for leisure and business travelers, it is important that we have premier meeting and convention space available for our visitors.” Continued Jacobs, “The Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard offers world-class accommodations and amenities. We are deeply proud of their success, and commend their investment in the Central Florida luxury hospitality sector.”
The Westin Orlando is also proud to announce they have selected an Orlando headquartered architectural firm, Baker Barrios, and construction firm, T&G Constructors to complete this important project.
About The Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard
The Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard is the area’s ideal Orlando Convention Center hotel. Opened in 2008 and located immediately across from the North Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center, this AAA Four-Diamond , luxury hotel features 315 rooms with Westin’s signature Heavenly Beds®, Heavenly Showers®, one and two-bedroom suites with balconies, full kitchens or kitchenettes, wireless high-speed internet, fitness studio, business center, valet parking and 13,685 square feet of meeting and function space (with new facility). The hotel’s signature restaurant, Fiorella’s Cucina Toscana, headed by Executive Chef Robert Mason, offers fresh, simple and authentic Italian dishes from the regions of Tuscany and northern Italy. The hotel is conveniently located just 12 miles from Orlando International Airport at 9501 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819. For more information and reservations visit, www.westinorlandouniversal.com, or call 888-946-9501.
About Pyramid Hotel Group
Pyramid Hotel Group is a Boston based company which manages and asset manages over 70 hotels and resorts across the United States. In addition to management and asset management Pyramid provides services that include project management, property management, and advisory services for owners and lenders.
About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts, with more than 160 hotels and resorts in more than 31 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT). Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched AloftSM, and ElementSM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com
Ramona Hurley, Absolute Thinking