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ORLANDO-A $38-million upgrade for the Delta Court of Flags Hotel–also known as Delta Orlando and Delta Resort–is scheduled to begin in early 2002. The undertaking is a strategy to debut the economy hotel property in summer 2003 as a four-star destination resort.

Universal Partners purchased the 800-room hotel in March and selected Denver, Colorado-based Signature Hospitality Resources to manage it. In a statement to a hotel industry newsletter earlier this year, Universal president Laila Whitwicky explains that the hotel complex “was neglected, so I was looking for a management company that wouldn’t see me as just another number. I selected Signature because it had a good track record of repositioning hotels.”

Meeting room space will be expanded to 60,000 sf and an area earmarked for an upscale restaurant. The 30-year-old structure sits on a 28-acre parcel, so there is plenty of room for expansion.

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