Monday, November 9, 2015
Evans Hotels, a family owned hospitality business with some of San Diego’s most recognizable resort hotels, and SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. have signed a letter of intent explore the opportunity of creating a resort hotel at SeaWorld San Diego. The venture was announced at SeaWorld’s inaugural Investor and Analyst Conference at SeaWorld Orlando on November 9.
The two entities will collaborate on a concept and plan for a SeaWorld-branded hotel on Mission Bay. The Evans Hotels agreement is part of SeaWorld Entertainment’s strategy to look at opportunities and partners to develop resort properties in or near some of its parks.
""Evans Hotels and SeaWorld Entertainment have been pioneers in helping to make Mission Bay the leisure and entertainment destination it is today," said Evans Hotels President & CEO Robert H. Gleason. "Our companies have each served the local community and visitors to San Diego for more than half a century. This project is an exciting opportunity for our iconic brands to join together to create the ultimate resort experience."
Evans Hotels has been a part of the fabric of San Diego since 1953, with three properties: the Bahia Hotel (opened in 1953) and Catamaran Hotel (opened in 1959), as well as The Lodge at Torrey Pines (completely redeveloped and opened in 2002).
"We are delighted to partner with Evans Hotels, a company that has such a well-established reputation for quality and innovation," Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. said following the meeting. "We are excited to explore resort development opportunities on Mission Bay with Evans Hotels."
San Diego natives and entrepreneurs William D. and Anne L. Evans founded Evans Hotels in 1953 and the company has been an important part of the region ever since, with two properties on Mission Bay and one in the prominent seaside community of La Jolla. The company, headquartered in San Diego, remains family-owned and committed to the community in which its employees live, work and play.