Newest On-Site Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort Set to Open Summer 2016
ORLANDO, FL – (October 19, 2015) – Loews Hotels & Resorts has promoted two of its most seasoned and talented leaders to new roles at the Orlando hotel campus. Barb Bowden has been named complex managing director and Larry Beiderman has been promoted to complex general manager for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Loews and Universal Orlando Resort plan to operate the two hotels as a complex, when Loews Sapphire Falls Resort opens in the summer of 2016. The complex will offer a combined 2,000 rooms and suites and nearly 250,000 square feet of connected meeting space.
Most recently, Bowden was the managing director of operations for Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando. She has extensive experience managing the day-to-day operations of large-scale properties. Prior to joining Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando, Bowden was the general manager of the Orange County Convention Center, the second largest convention and tradeshow facility in the United States. She got her start in the hotel business at the former Peabody Orlando, where she started as a front desk supervisor and worked her way up to general manager and eventually vice president. Bowden is an executive committee member of the Americas Board of Directors of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International and also serves on the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management Advisory Board and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Board of Directors.
Beiderman has served as the managing director of Loews Royal Pacific Resort for the past five years. His extensive knowledge of Loews Hotels and its world-class service will be integral in establishing the synergies needed for the success of the complex. Beiderman has been a general manager at Loews Hotels in Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD. He will help to ensure the Loews culture and service standards are infused into all aspects of the guest and team member experience. Beiderman was named Hotelier of the Year by the Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association and Most Valuable Volunteer by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando is accepting reservations for stays beginning July 2016. The 1,000–room Caribbean-themed hideaway will evoke a free-spirited sense of ease and will feature the largest on-site zero-entry pool, a white sand beach, water slide, cabanas and a fire pit along with Caribbean-inspired food and drinks.
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Loews Hotels & Resorts
Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels & Resorts has three distinct brands, Loews Hotels & Resorts, Loews Regency and OE Collection. The company owns and/or operates 23 hotels and resorts across the U.S. and Canada, including the newly acquired Loews Regency San Francisco, situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District and the new 400-room Loews Chicago which debuted downtown in March 2015. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, the fifth hotel in partnership with Universal Orlando, will open in June 2016. Located in major city centers and resort destinations from coast to coast, the Loews portfolio features one-of-a-kind properties that go beyond Four Diamond standards to delight guests with exciting, approachable and local travel experiences.For reservations or more information about Loews Hotels & Resorts, call 1-800-23-LOEWS or visit: www.loewshotels.com.
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Universal Orlando Resort
For 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures. Guests can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, grab a Krusty burger in Springfield, join the ranks of the Minions and so much more.
Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative attractions. Its on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort are destinations unto themselves. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family. And just minutes away is Wet ‘n Wild, a family water park.
Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled 18 new guest experiences in the past five years – powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and a dramatically themed hotel. And more is on the way. Coming in 2016 is Universal Orlando’s fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort; and Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure. And in 2017 will come Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park experience.
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