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Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate Appoints Jim Curtis as Director of Sales And Marketing

ORLANDO, FL. October 4, 2017 – Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is proud to welcome Jim Curtis as the new director of sales and marketing. Curtis brings more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and record of success in management, strategic sales and marketing initiatives.

“Jim’s proven track record of sales leadership, business development and revenue management make him the ideal candidate for this important role,” said Robert Stanfield, managing director of Omni Orlando Resort. “Not only does he boast an impressive background, but he’s highly motivated and goal-oriented. We look forward to having him on the team.”

Curtis joins the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate team from Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas where he served as the vice president of group sales. Previously, he spent several years as director of sales and marketing for The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. There, he was responsible for managing all sales and marketing efforts during re-branding of the resort from Westin to Hilton. Prior to that role, Curtis held various positions with Starwood Hotels and Resorts for more than 20 years.

As the director of sales and marketing for Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Curtis will be responsible for marketing strategies and sales initiatives to grow hotel revenues and profits. Curtis joins the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate after the completion of its multi-year, $40 million expansion project. The luxury golf resort and spa’s significant expansion includes an additional 100,000 square feet of expanded conference center space and event lawn; a Grand Salon built specifically as an ideal weddings locale; the addition of the Sunset Lodge and Suites building with an all-new multi-room type product; 23,000 square feet of additional pool deck and recreational space and installation of Orlando’s only resort wave pool; enhancements on the resort’s two Greg Norman-designed golf courses, International Course and National Course; the installation of an 18-hole miniature putt-putt course; and redesign of Trevi’s Restaurant. Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate consistently delivers a sophisticated, individualized luxury experience that discerning travelers have come to expect from Omni Hotels & Resorts. A departure from the fast-paced life, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate offers a remedy for vacation fatigue and “tourist overdose” – relaxation. For more information on Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, call (407) 390-6664 and visit www.omnihotels.com/hotels/orlando-championsgate.

About Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is a part of the Omni Hotels family, which creates compelling, memorable guest experiences by tempting the senses in innovative ways, surrounding them with a balanced blend of scents, sounds, sights, textures and tastes. Beginning a new chapter in its 14-year heritage, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate completed an extensive expansion project – its first since opening in 2004. The highly awarded resort, named Best Hotel in Orlando - Walt Disney World® by U.S. News & World Report and recipient of Meetings & Conventions’ highly-coveted 2015 Gold Key Award, among others, currently offers luxury accommodations including 720 rooms and suites, two championship Greg Norman-designed golf courses, world headquarters of The Leadbetter Golf Academy, a signature Mokara spa, three heated outdoor pools and an 850-foot lazy river. The resort also features seven diverse dining experiences from savory sushi and sake at ZEN to the Italian herb garden and brick-oven flatbreads at Trevi’s.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business and leisure destinations across North America. With more than 25 iconic golf courses and 16 award-winning spas featured in dynamic locales nationwide, every Omni proudly opens its doors to share the true spirit of its destination. Reflected through local color, personalized service, unique wellness options, signature restaurants and creative culinary offerings, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every guest and a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program. As a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Select Guest is further expanded through the DISCOVERY® loyalty program offering members additional global benefits. Omni is committed to reducing hunger and is on a mission through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative to provide millions of meals each year for food banks to feed children, families and seniors in communities in which it operates. For information or to book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

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