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Doubletree Hotel Near Universal Orlando
To Hold Official Reflagging Event in April

ORLANDO, Fla. March 11, 2004 The Doubletree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando will celebrate its changeover from a Radisson property during an official "re-flagging" ceremony in April, the hotel announced today.

In honor of the "changing of the flags," the hotel will invite media and local VIPs to an official cookie-cutting, performed on a super-size version of its famous Doubletree cookie. The hotel also plans to give away Doubletree signature cookies to more than 110,000 students in local elementary schools.

"We're looking forward to seeing the Doubletree name in lights," said Jay Leonard, the hotel's general manager. "We'll instantly become the largest hotel in the Doubletree chain, which is a nice complement to our existing status as the largest hotel in the city of Orlando."

The 742-room twin-towers property, currently named the Radisson Hotel Orlando, is one of Orlando's largest meeting venues, with a convention center that features 60,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 23,000-square-foot exhibit hall and a 15,000-square-foot ballroom.

The Doubletree will soon begin work on a $14 million exterior and interior renovation that should be completed by the end of 2006. The hotel plans to remodel guest rooms, upgrade meeting rooms (e.g. installing new carpeting), and expand the current hair salon and convert it to a full-service spa.

Two of the hotel's dining venues will be moved from the rear of the hotel to make room for the new spa and additional meeting space. At the same time, the hotel's exterior will undergo a facelift. Work on the north tower should be finished by the end of 2004, with the south tower scheduled for completion by the end of 2006.

Located across the street from Universal Studios, City Walk and Islands of Adventure, the Doubletree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando is a favorite destination for meetings and conventions, business travelers and vacationers, especially families and groups touring nearby attractions.


David Baxter
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Carla Ramirez
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