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Westmont Hospitality Group Spending $10 million to Transition the
Travelodge Hotel Main Gate East to Holiday Inn Main Gate East
- Kissimmee, Florida
Hotel to operate as Fun Spots Hotel through summer, Holiday Inn brand to follow completion of $10 million renovation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – July 31, 2007 – The Travelodge Hotel Main Gate East, formerly the world’s largest Travelodge, recently became the Fun Spots Hotel as the Travelodge sign was displayed for the last time on Friday, June 29. “Sleepy Bear,” Travelodge’s brand mascot, waved goodbye as the sign was covered to reflect the hotel’s new name and its own ownership’s brand, Fun Spots Hotel. In September, the hotel will officially become the Holiday Inn Main Gate East.

“The replacement of the Travelodge sign was an exciting first step as we work toward the hotel’s conversion to a Holiday Inn later this year,” said Ed Kortum, general manager of the hotel. “We are thrilled with the many renovations to the property, and look forward to continuing our tradition of catering to our guests’ needs and wants.”

In addition to replacing the sign, hotel associates released balloons in honor of the property’s 21 years as the Travelodge Hotel. Many associates have been employed at the property for more than 10 years, including Ida Dangerfield (holding pink balloon, employed 21 years), Rosanne Nawrocki (holding red balloon, 17 years) and Lamercie Toussaint (holding yellow balloon in front row, 14 years).

The soon-to-be Holiday Inn Main Gate East, an official Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel, has already completed a significant portion of the $10 million dollar transformation that began in January.

The 444-room, full-service hotel features two high-rise towers with more than 4,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

As one of the final phases of construction, the lobby will be completely reconfigured by eliminating a number of walls, which will create an open floor plan that encompasses a new kids’ theater, front desk area and lobby lounge. With the new floor-to-ceiling windows, the lobby bar and lounge will open into an outdoor trellis-shaded patio that overlooks the lush tropical garden and pool area.

The Fun Spots Hotel, soon to be the Holiday Inn Main Gate East, is located directly across from Old Town at 5711 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee, Fla. Opening in September, the Fun Spots Hotel is currently taking reservations at or (800) 327-1128.

About Westmont Hospitality Group
Westmont Hospitality Group is one of the world’s largest privately held hospitality organizations. The company currently owns and/or manages more than 400 hotels on three continents with a combined total of more than 55,000 rooms worldwide. 


Catherine Ewer, Director of Marketing, (407) 828-1942,


Also See: The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee Talking Major Expansion; Seeking Tax Dollars for $188 million Addition of 360,000 Sq Ft of Convention Space, 386 New Hotel Rooms and Culinary School / February 2007


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