Orlando to get its fourth Hyatt

CHICAGO -- Hyatt Hotels Corp. plans to manage a 1,500-room property that will connect to the Orlando-Orange County Convention Center's expansion wing via a skyway.

No groundbreaking date has been set yet, but Hyatt said it expects the Hyatt Regency Orlando Convention Center to open during 2004.

Hyatt also declined to provide information on the owner at this time.

The property is expected to be Hyatt's largest, based on room count.

That's assuming that it expands by up to 1,000 rooms after it opens, said a spokeswoman, who explained that the hotel's expansion would be in conjunction with the planned expansion of the convention center.

The property will feature a 43,000-square-foot grand ballroom with 14,000 square feet of prefunction space.

It also will have a 30,000-square-foot junior ballroom, accompanied by an additional 7,000 square feet of prefunction space.

The hotel will offer a variety of conference rooms, meetings rooms and boardrooms as well as a 50,000-square-foot multipurpose exhibit hall that can be subdivided into four rooms.

In addition, there will be dedicated convention support services and a group registration lobby.

This would be Hyatt's 12th property in Florida and its fourth in Orlando.

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