by Megan Mellado
April 7, 2021
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — 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.