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Zota Beach Resort Appoints Roy Padgett General Manager and Sandra Rios Director of Marketing & Communications

LONGBOAT KEY, FL. November 13, 2017 – Longboat Key’s new beachfront, modern, boutique resort, Zota Beach Resort, announces its executive leadership team. Zota Beach Resort welcomes General Manager, Roy Padgett and Director of Marketing & Communications, Sandra Rios.

At the helm of Zota Beach Resort, Roy Padgett is a beloved and familiar face in the communities of Sarasota and Bradenton. With over two decades of management experience, Padgett led operations of the prevailing Hilton property that Zota Beach Resort was built upon as general manager. Dedicated to honing his craft, Padgett earned Certified Food & Beverage Executive and Certified Hotel Administrator recognitions from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association.

The 2016 winner of the Good as Gold award presented by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce for civic engagement and 2015’s SRQ Magazine Women in Business Leadership Circle, Director of Marketing & Communications Sandra Rios directs Zota Beach Resort’s marketing efforts, pulling from her 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. During her previous position as public relations manager at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn., Rios executed publicity plans for numerous retail and restaurant openings and multi-million dollar facility expansions including the opening of Lake of Isles, a Rees Jones golf course and Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods.

Located along the Gulf of Mexico, the contemporary, cool Zota Beach Resort features modern architectural touches along with stylish accommodations and distinctive dining experiences. Derived from Sarasota’s indigenous name, Zara Zota, Zota Beach Resort was recently recognized as a ‘Top New or Renovated’ property by ConventionSouth and boasts 187 luxury guest rooms and suites, 2,700 square feet of meeting space and easy access to upscale shopping, entertainment and restaurants at St. Armands Circle.

For more information on Zota Beach Resort or to make reservations, visit www.zotabeachresort.com or call (855) 335-1102. Connect socially with Zota Beach Resort on Facebook and Instagram.

About Opal Collection

Opal Collection is an exclusive ensemble of premier luxury hotels and resorts. Like the beautiful qualities of natural opal gemstones, each destination shines bright with its own colorful and unique experiences. From Bar Harbor, Maine to the southernmost tip of Key West, Florida, Opal Collection provides the best locations, experiences and tastes for today’s travelers; anticipating the amenities and service expected. Opal Collection has most recently expanded with new resorts on the east and west coasts of Florida: Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach; Treasure Island Beach Resort in Treasure Island, Zota Beach Resort in Longboat Key and Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa in Jensen Beach. Whether hiking national parks, golfing along the ocean, or sinking ones toes into Florida’s white sand, Opal Collection hotels and resorts will help guests connect and refresh, and leave them longing to return. For more information on the Opal Collection call 866.258.7247 or visit http://www.opalcollection.com/

Jessica Shashaty

Coming Up In The December Online Hotel Business Review

Feature Focus
Hotel Law: Issues & Events
There is not a single area of a hotel’s operation that isn’t touched by some aspect of the law. Hotels and management companies employ an army of lawyers to advise and, if necessary, litigate issues which arise in the course of conducting their business. These lawyers typically specialize in specific areas of the law – real estate, construction, development, leasing, liability, franchising, food & beverage, human resources, environmental, insurance, taxes and more. In addition, issues and events can occur within the industry that have a major impact on the whole, and can spur further legal activity. One event which is certain to cause repercussions is Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. This newly combined company is now the largest hotel company in the world, encompassing 30 hotel brands, 5,500 hotels under management, and 1.1 million hotel rooms worldwide. In the hospitality industry, scale is particularly important – the most profitable companies are those with the most rooms in the most locations. As a result, this mega- transaction is likely to provoke an increase in Mergers & Acquisitions industry-wide. Many experts believe other larger hotel companies will now join forces with smaller operators to avoid being outpaced in the market. Companies that had not previously considered consolidation are now more likely to do so. Another legal issue facing the industry is the regulation of alternative lodging companies such as Airbnb and other firms that offer private, short-term rentals. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica are at the forefront of efforts to legalize and control short-term rentals. However, those cities are finding it’s much easier to adopt regulations on short-term rentals than it is to actually enforce them. The December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine these and other critical issues pertaining to hotel law and how some companies are adapting to them.