Orlando-based hotel company offering free stays to people kicked out of Champions World Resort

An Orlando-based hotel and resort management company is offering free stays to visitors recently kicked

An Orlando-based hotel and resort management company is offering free stays to visitors recently kicked out of Champions World Resort.Jan Guatam, the president and CEO of Interessant Hotels Group, says he was shocked when he heard Champions World had abruptly kicked everyone out after being sold to a new owner.“We have bought hotels, we have sold hotels in the past, but this has never been the case where you have to come overnight, knock on everybody’s doors and kick them out in the morning. I have never seen it,” Guatam said.He says he got a call from Congressman Darren Soto’s office asking if he could help house some of the displaced. That’s when Guatam sent a team to go survey the situation. Then, in partnership with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, he was able to get visitors in need, into other hotels. “Some of the people they didn’t have any funds left because funds were taken out from their credit cards or debit cards and they didn’t have any money to spend, but at the end of the day, we didn’t want to ruin their vacations, so we actually took care of them,” Guatam said.Taking things a step further, Guatam says he also offered jobs to all the staff members left unemployed, even if he didn’t have openings for all of them. Other hotels also pitched in.The Ramada stepped in to help a wedding party whose special day was supposed to take place at Champions World the weekend after the hotel closed.

An Orlando-based hotel and resort management company is offering free stays to visitors recently kicked out of Champions World Resort.

Jan Guatam, the president and CEO of Interessant Hotels Group, says he was shocked when he heard Champions World had abruptly kicked everyone out after being sold to a new owner.

“We have bought hotels, we have sold hotels in the past, but this has never been the case where you have to come overnight, knock on everybody’s doors and kick them out in the morning. I have never seen it,” Guatam said.

He says he got a call from Congressman Darren Soto’s office asking if he could help house some of the displaced. That’s when Guatam sent a team to go survey the situation. Then, in partnership with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, he was able to get visitors in need, into other hotels.

“Some of the people they didn’t have any funds left because funds were taken out from their credit cards or debit cards and they didn’t have any money to spend, but at the end of the day, we didn’t want to ruin their vacations, so we actually took care of them,” Guatam said.

Taking things a step further, Guatam says he also offered jobs to all the staff members left unemployed, even if he didn’t have openings for all of them.

Other hotels also pitched in.

The Ramada stepped in to help a wedding party whose special day was supposed to take place at Champions World the weekend after the hotel closed.