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Tim Hemphill Named Executive Director of Sales and Marketing of the
922-room Orlando Sun Resort and Convention Center by Lexington

KISSIMMEE, Florida, June 21, 2007 The Moinian Group and Senate Hospitality Group has named Tim Hemphill as Executive Director of Sales and Marketing of the new 922-room Orlando Sun Resort and Convention Center by Lexington.

Hemphill brings more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience to the position. For the past eight years Hemphill has served as Executive Director of the Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"To be involved with this dynamic new facility that has such tremendous potential is both an exciting opportunity and a great challenge," Hemphill said. "I know our visitors and guests will be as thrilled as I am with the nearly $5 million in renovations the owners have invested in the resort."

The resort is at the location of the former Hyatt Orlando at the junction of Highway 192 and Interstate 4 just 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World. In June of 2004, the Moinian Group bought the fabled property and kept key staff on full time until deciding to renovate and re-open the resort. All the main systems were kept operational which minimized the time to return the property to its former luster. Almost $1 million was invested in landscaping; the remaining $4 million went toward interior finishes and main features such as the resort's four swimming pools.

"It is as if the property never closed, and considering the location, the meeting space and the rate structure, we expect both group and leisure guest will flock to the property," Hemphill predicted.

The Orlando Sun Resort and Convention Center by Lextington includes 922 guest rooms on more than 77 lush acres. It offers some of the largest meeting space in close proximity to Walt Disney World. Main features include a 13,550-square-foot ballroom, a 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 22 meeting rooms. Additional amenities include free wireless internet access in all the guest rooms, four pools and a full-feature lounge. Food outlets include a casual upscale restaurant, a three-meal restaurant and a marketplace deli. The resort can easily accommodate meetings of up to 2,000 people.

The first phase of 480 guest rooms are ready for occupancy and the balance of the rooms will be on-line by late summer.

Only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World and just minutes away from the Orlando International Airport, the owners expect the resort to attract the immediate attention of association, corporate and incentive meeting planners that are looking for meeting space "priced right." Leisure guests will appreciate rates well within their budget and the close proximity to Walt Disney World as well as all the area theme parks, Florida beaches, the adjacent quaint town of Celebration and all the fun on the famed US 192 tourism corridor.

Those wanting to reserve a room at the hotel may either call (877)467-5786 or visit the Web site at Meeting planners should contact the sales office at (407)390-5800.

About The Moinian Group
The Moinian Group, owns the resort and is one of the country's largest privately held real estate firms, owning and managing over $8 billion in assets. In addition, The Moinian Group controls rights to develop 5 million square feet of space on undeveloped land. The Moinian Group is one of the most successful, vertically integrated, and privately held real estate companies in the United States since 1990.

About Senate Hospitality Group
Senate Hospitality Group (SHG) is a hotel management company focused on servicing owners of convention hotels and full-service hotels with meeting space as well as limited-service hotels and extended-stay hotels. SHG's skill and experience in managing these types of hotels within the upscale and midscale price segments emphasizes top-line revenue growth, customer satisfaction and above average operating cash flow margins.

In addition, SHG provides consulting services within the convention center and hotel industry. Services include new project feasibility analysis and development services as well as asset management services via analysis of existing hotel operations or hotel repositioning via strategic deployment of capital. SHG brings a wealth of experience in operations, finance, strategic planning, design and creation of public/private partnerships to enhance development feasibility to owners.


Tim Hemphill
Orlando Sun Resort and
Convention Center by Lexington


Also See: Rather than Tear Down the Former 922 room Hyatt Orlando the Moinian Group Will Temporarily Reopen the Vacant Hotel to Generate Income / May 2007
Finding Success with the Americas Best Value Inn Brand, Franchisor Vantage Hospitality Group Moves Into the Upscale Lodging Segments with The Lexington Collection; Already Has 12 Lexington Collection Hotels in its Portfolio / December 2005



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