Sonesta International Hotels takes next steps toward creating jobs in downtown Orlando

It’s official: Sonesta International Hotels Corp. has been awarded funds to expand its presence in downtown Orlando.

The Newton, Massachusetts-based privately held hotel company was approved unanimously for $360,000 in incentives across two programs during the Orlando City Council’s March 22 meeting. The company would create 80 jobs over a two-year period in accordance with the agreement.

Sonesta is set to add a roughly 15,000- to 18,000-square-foot office location in downtown Orlando, and the…