The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate welcomes its first group today - a remarkable feat considering the new flagship Omni Hotel won approval in the shadow of 9/11 and finished construction by overcoming an unprecedented trio of hurricane hits from Charley, Frances and Jeanne.
“To open any hotel on time is an accomplishment but this is something that took Herculean effort,” said Andy Papoutsis, vice president and managing director of Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. “Overcoming adversity is the cornerstone of this great project. Everyone from the operations team, to the construction crews to the county building officials and of course the incredible Omni Orlando at ChampionsGate staff should be very proud that this project is opening as scheduled.”
For Omni Hotels (http://www.omnihotels.com), the opening is a welcome sign. The luxury hotel brand has a flagship hotel ten minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World in one of the top tourism markets in the country. The new property is expected to be one of the premier golf resorts in the country and includes more than 70,000 square feet of meeting space, a 10,000 square-foot European-style spa, two challenging par-72 championship golf courses, the National and the International, designed by golf great, Greg Norman.
The ChampionsGate courses are host to the annual Office Depot Father/Son Golf Challenge, nationally telecast on NBC-TV. ChampionsGate is home to the world headquarters of the internationally acclaimed David Leadbetter Golf Academy.
“We are honored and delighted that this property withstood its many challenges,” said Michael Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels. “We helped design this hotel so it would be built to four-star standards and would represent the sensible luxury that Omni delivers to its guests. Our standards were tested even before opening as the building and surrounding grounds withstood three direct hurricane hits.”
The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is also good news for local tourism officials. The pristine resort, with its poolside cabanas, lazy river, towering palm trees and water fountains, is a sight most people don’t associate with Florida in the post-hurricane world.
“The opening of Omni could not come at a better time,” said Ken Shipley, Chairman of the Osceola County Commission. “This brings a stunning four-star property to our area that we expect will serve as a beacon to welcome guests to Central Florida.”
The unprecedented Florida weather has not stopped groups from booking meetings and events at the resort. More than 50 groups have made plans to come in the first three months alone.
“Our groups are excited about experiencing the hotel and surrounding natural beauty of ChampionsGate,” said Paul Pebley, director of sales and marketing. “In addition to the group business, our resort is a wonderful destination for vacationing families and golfers.”
The Omni Orlando Resort offers introductory rates, including a preview rate of $146 per night through January 16, for guests who come and stay three nights or more. For reservation information, call 1-800-THE-OMNI, or visit http://www.omniorlandoresort.com.