ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2018) – Spanning 28 acres within the heart of International Drive, DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld proudly announces Harold Bassler as the new general manager. With an impressive history of driving profitability and service excellence for both branded and non-branded hotels, Bassler takes the helm as the 1,020-room property showcases its massive meeting space expansion and renovation. Adding to the existing footprint, the property’s recent multi-million dollar transformation added 40,000 square feet of conference center and event space, bringing the property’s total meeting space square footage to more than 100,000 square feet.

“Harold brings a combination of valuable brand experience and expertise in turnarounds, complex renovations, reflags and new hotel openings,” says Michael George, president and chief executive officer, Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “His leadership promises to exceed owner expectations and guest satisfaction as we take DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld to the next level.”

Since obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Organizational Theory from the University of Maryland University College, Bassler has spent more than 30 years in management positions, notable recognized as one of the youngest Innkeepers in the Holiday Inn system during the early days of the organization. Most recently, he served as the regional director of operations and area general manager for Crescent Hotels & Resorts. Through his tenure in the industry, Bassler has been recognized with numerous awards and appointments, including selection of Hilton Worldwide to join the elite group of general managers who comprise the Hilton Executive Roundtable.

Nestled within lush, native palms and tropical fountains, DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld offers a relaxing oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while conveniently situated in the heart of Orlando, providing guests steps-away access to SeaWorld® Parks, as well as ideal proximity to Universal, Disney and The Orange County Convention Center. The recent renovation elevated the property to accommodate even more business and leisure groups with new, state-of-the-art venue space and services, complemented by new outdoor lawns, complete renovations to public areas and 1,020 refreshed guestrooms. Guests enjoy brick-lined walkways, lush tropical landscaping, palm tree-lined swimming pools, and enticing family recreation activities. Five dining outlets and options are available to accommodate a variety of culinary interests. DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is Orlando’s largest DoubleTree and most inviting hotel delivering a resort-like experience to meeting attendees, business travelers and leisure visitors alike. For more information on meetings and events at DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, call (407) 352-1100. Follow socially on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.