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Fred Sawyers Appointed General Manager at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Apr 30 2013 12:00AM



LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 04/30/13 -- The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel has announced Fred Sawyers as the general manager of the iconic property located in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Sawyers brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to the position, working with multiple properties across the country. He began his work with Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 1985 at The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, Calif. He then went on to hold various leadership roles with Nikko Hotels and two independent hotel companies in Sacramento, Calif.

After moving to Hilton Hotels, Sawyers was named general manager of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in 2005. Most recently, he served as a complex general manager for the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans.

Sawyers earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. He has served as president of the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association, chairman of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau and treasurer of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Sawyers will oversee 2,265 rooms, 329,000 square feet of meeting space and 1,800 cast members in his new role at the Epcot Resort Area hotel.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is a nationally respected and recognized leader in the convention hotel arena. Ideally located in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort, the hotel offers 2,265 guest rooms and over 329,000 square feet of meeting space. Features consist of 84 meeting rooms, including two executive boardrooms, four ballroom options, 110,500 square feet of contiguous convention/exhibit space, outdoor function areas, two business centers and complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort and the Extra Magic Hours benefit at the Walt Disney World theme parks. Groups also enjoy sophisticated guest rooms featuring Westin Heavenly Beds, the luxurious Mandara Spa and 17 world-class restaurants and lounges. For more information, please visit

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