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DOTHAN, AL (March 28, 2016) – Residence Inn Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., managed by LBA Hospitality, is hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new property. The 196-room hotel, located at 5616 Major Boulevard in close proximity to Universal Studios Florida, is slated to open in 2017.

The addition of Residence Inn Universal Studios expands the relationship between Southeastern Development Associates (SEDA) and LBA Hospitality. Designed by Ponder & Ponder, Architects, the property will be geared toward both leisure and convention/business travelers.

“We are excited to solidify our position in the Orlando hospitality market,” says Beau Benton, President of LBA Hospitality. “LBA looks forward to bringing our tradition of exceptional guest service to this thriving vacation destination.”

The event is hosted by LBA Hospitality’s President Beau Benton and Senior Vice President Farrah Adams alongside SEDA’s Senior Vice President John Lee and construction manager Brad Sterling.  Attendees include City of Orlando’s District 6 Commissioner Samuel B. Ings; Rich Maladecki, CEO of Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association; Ric Castro, Business Development Manager of Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce; Charles Kimsey of Kellogg & Kimsey; and Travis Rhodes, architect with Ponder & Ponder, Architects.

Upon completion in 2017, the property will include amenities such as an outdoor pool, fitness center, guest laundry, sports court, business center, large outdoor patio with grills and free breakfast daily. The location will be convenient to area shops and restaurants, Walt Disney World, the Orlando International Airport and Orange County Convention Center.

About LBA Hospitality

Founded in 1973, LBA Hospitality is a full-scale hotel management, development and consulting firm.  With more than 60 properties in 10 states, LBA Hospitality is the premier hotel developer for the Southeast. For more information, visit

Contact: Stephanie Fisher / (404) 303-7797

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