Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

Mandala Holdings and LBA Hospitality Open 181-Room Holiday Inn Express and Suites Orlando at SeaWorld in Florida

ORLANDO, FL. October 4, 2017 - Holiday Inn Express and Suites Orlando at SeaWorld, managed by LBA Hospitality and owned by Mandala Holdings, is now open in the theme park capital of the world. With its close proximity to SeaWorld® Orlando, as well as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove, the hotel is one of the city’s best options for travelers wishing to experience all of Orlando’s greatest attractions.

With 181 rooms across six floors, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Orlando at SeaWorld features kids’ suites, an outdoor pool, an on-site fitness center, business center, meeting space and free continental breakfast. As an Official Hotel of SeaWorld, guests at the property will also have exclusive park benefits at SeaWorld and Aquatica including complimentary transportation, and discounts on merchandise and culinary purchases in the parks.

Mason Caracciolo brings 16 years of hospitality experience to his role as general manager of the newly constructed hotel, and Biljana Djokovic is the director of sales. The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Orlando at SeaWorld is one of two hotels that LBA Hospitality manages in the Orlando-area. TownePlace Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld opened in August 2017 and boasts 188 rooms on six floors, an outdoor pool, fitness center, business center and meeting space.

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About LBA Hospitality

Founded in 1973, LBA Hospitality is a full-scale hotel management, development and consulting firm. With more than 70 properties in 10 states, LBA Hospitality is the premier hotel developer for the South- east. For more information, visit

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