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Portofino Bay to begin room makeovers

Sentinel Staff Writer

The Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando is undergoing a $5.5 million hotelwide room renovation. All 750 rooms and suites are getting makeovers with new color schemes, carpeting, artwork, DVD players, lamp shades in all guest rooms, and etageres in the bathrooms.

Beds are getting duvet covers of woven custom fabric in hues of warm greens and cream, with white goose-down inserts, chenille throw accents and extra large bolster pillows. Windows are getting lace curtains.

Colors "evocative of the sun and sea" are being used throughout to complement the hotel's romantic Italian villa theme, said Karen Daroff, president of Daroff Design, which is spearheading the project for Loews Hotels. General Manager Paul Leclerc said the colors and fabrics "are ideal choices" that will "add to the luxury experience" of the hotel, one of 18 owned or operated by Loews in the United States and Canada.

A different block of rooms is taken out each week for renovation, and the work is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

Help wanted at Epcot

Walt Disney World is looking for seasonal workers for Epcot's upcoming 10th annual Food & Wine Festival. Those interested can check wdwcareers .com, call the Walt Disney World job line at 407-828-1000, or visit the Casting Center, 1515 Buena Vista Drive, across from the Downtown Disney Marketplace. The festival will be held from Sept. 30 to Nov. 13.Package pampers 'football widows'

With NFL football on the minds of many, the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate has a game plan for customers whose interests run more to pampering than pigskin. The "Football Widows Revenge" weekend getaway includes such treats as a private cabana and shopping at Mall at Millenia. The package starts at $250 a person a night and is based on double occupancy and a two-night stay.

Conference shifts to Orlando

The Advanced Engine Technology Conference is moving its 16th annual event to Orlando from Colorado, to coincide with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show's move to Orlando from Indianapolis. The advanced engine Conference is open to industry professionals only and will be held at the Orange County Convention Center Nov. 27-30. State of the art engineering topics range from "Leading Edge Technology in Modern Pistons" to "Turbocharged Diesel Engines and How They Will Impact Racing in America." For information, call 1-866-893-2382.

AirTran has record month

Orlando-based AirTran Airways reported a record August for revenue passenger miles, available seat miles and passengers enplaned. Compared with a year ago, available seat miles increased 30.4 percent while revenue passenger miles grew by 37.3 percent and the number of enplaned passengers grew by 26.5 percent. Available seat miles, a measure of capacity, refers to how many seat miles were actually available for purchase on an airline. Revenue passenger miles refers to how many of those seats were actually sold. It is a measure of an airline's traffic. Available seat miles were 1.3 billion in August, up from 1 billion in 2004. Revenue passenger miles were 1 billion, up from 752 million last year.

Jerry W. Jackson can be reached at 407-420-5721 or jwjackson@orlandosentinel.com.

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