The Gary Sain Memorial Skybridge cake cutting ceremony. Pictured left to right: Victoria Hall, Rosen Plaza; Yulita Osuba, OCCC; Jan Addison, OCCC; Scott Boyd, Orange County Commissioner; Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Mayor; Harris Rosen, Rosen Hotels & Resorts; David Ramirez, (executive pastry chef) Rosen Hotels & Resorts; Pamela Sain; Maria Triscari, International Drive Chamber of Commerce; Pete Clarke, Orange County Commissioner; George Aguel, Visit Orlando; Leslie Menichini, Rosen Hotels & Resorts; Gary Hudson, Rosen Plaza
Rosen Hotels & Resorts will memorialize the late president and CEO of Visit Orlando, Gary Sain, by naming a new pedestrian skybridge in his honor.
The $1.5 million Gary Sain Memorial Bridge—funded entirely by the hotel company—will connect the 800-room Rosen Plaza Hotel with the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center. When completed in the fall of this year, it will be the fourth hotel connected to the convention center via enclosed walkway; the others are the Hilton Orlando, The Peabody, and the Rosen Centre. The bridges provide meeting attendees with a safe, weather-proof, and traffic-free “commute” from their guestrooms to the convention center.
“I am honored to dedicate this project to my friend and colleague, Gary Sain,” said Harris Rosen, president and chief operating officer, Rosen Hotels and Resorts. Sain led Visit Orlando from 2007 until he died unexpected last May at 61. “It is entirely fitting that this pedestrian skybridge named in his honor will be used to benefit thousands of visitors to Orlando, a destination he worked tirelessly to build and strengthen during his time with us. Rest assured, Gary’s legacy continues here today,” Rosen said.
The plans were announced with a cake-cutting ceremony attended by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, current Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel, and Rosen. They, along with other Orlando tourism industry leaders, used shovels to “dig” into an oversized cake featuring a chocolate bridge connecting Rosen Plaza with the OCCC.