Rosen Plaza® Skybridge
On Sept. 19, 2013, Rosen Hotels & Resorts celebrated the opening of the Gary Sain Memorial Skybridge, an overhead covered pedistrian walkway connecting the Rosen Plaza Hotel to the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) West Building.
Construction of the $2.5 million skybridge was funded entirely by Rosen Hotels & Resorts. Coming in well under its $3.2 million budget, the 745-foot connector was built in just over three months and provides thousands of meetings attendees annually with a safe, weather-proof and traffic-free “commute” from their Rosen Plaza guestrooms to the convention center.
The pedestrian skybridge was named in honor of Gary Sain, Visit Orlando President & CEO, who passed away in May 2012. Sain had led the region’s main tourism-marketing agency since 2007, bringing about reorganization, a new vision and a name change to what had for years been called the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, or Orlando CVB.
“It is with great honor and respect that we dedicate this skybridge to my friend and colleague Gary Sain,” said Harris Rosen. “Gary worked tirelessly to build and strengthen this destination during his time with us. Rest assured, Gary’s legacy continues at Rosen Plaza.”