Doubletree By Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld Welcomes New General Manager


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.

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ABOUT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON
DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global collection of more than 460 upscale hotels with more than 111,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. Everything about DoubleTree by Hilton aims to return the human touch to travel, starting with the presentation of a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival and continuing throughout with Team Members dedicated to Creating a Rewarding Experience (CARE) for hotel guests, other Team Members and the communities the brand proudly serves. DoubleTree by Hilton properties offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (selected locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit our brand website at http://www.doubletree.com. Social media users may connect with us at facebook.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and youtube.com/doubletreehotels. Reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center at news.doubletree.com for more information.
 
ABOUT HILTON WORLDWIDE
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprising more than 4,660 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with nearly 765,000 rooms in 102 countries and territories. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including preferred pricing, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
 
About Crescent Hotels & Resorts
Crescent Hotels & Resorts is an award winning, nationally recognized, top-3 operator of hotels and resorts. Crescent currently operates over 100 hotels, resorts & conference centers in the US and Canada. Crescent is one of the few elite management companies approved to operate upper-upscale and luxury hotels under the brand families of Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent lifestyle hotels and resorts. Crescent’s clients are made up of hotel REITs, private equity firms and major developers. For more information, please visit www.chrco.com or connect with Crescent on LinkedIn.

Consistently ranked as one of the top third-party, independent hotel management companies in North America,Crescent is committed to delivering excellence in hotel operations, profitability, and guest service.

Discover how Crescent Hotels & Resorts — one of the premier hotel management companies in the U.S. and Canada — can give you the competitive edge for superior profitability and service by calling us at (703) 279-7820 or by contacting us today.

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