Robert Festinger has been promoted to chief operating officer at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles Beach. He was previously vice president of sales and marketing. In his new position, Festinger manages 480 employees and oversees the daily operations of the Newport Group, Kitchen 305, Seven Seas Aveda Spa & Salon, Newport Marketing, Newport Hospitality and Newport Vacation Club.
The Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort maintains 98 percent occupancy in its 321 rooms. Festinger attributes this success to the resort’s beautiful location, affordable rates, impeccable amenities and quality customer service.
“We go the extra mile to make our guests feel that this is their ‘home away from home,’” Festinger said. “We make everyone feel comfortable and yet remain unpretentious in our approach.”
Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort’s world-class amenities include 18,000 square feet of meeting space with top-notch catering services, the 7,500 square foot Aveda Spa & Salon where guests can relax and be pampered and Kitchen 305, named a Top 10 area restaurant by The Miami Herald.
Festinger began his career in the hospitality business in 1997 as the social and corporate catering sales manager at New York’s Terrace on the Park. He then moved to Florida to join The Signature Grand Catering Mansion and Conference Center in Davie. As the catering manager and director at the Starwood Hotel and Resort at the Westin Fort Lauderdale, he received the Starwood 2006 Platinum Award. He later joined the Chicago City Center Hotel & Sports Club and Inn of Chicago to oversee event and catering operations. Festinger returned to Florida in 2008 and began with the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort as director of sales and marketing.
Festinger said that throughout his career, his management style has remained ‘hands-on’ in order to meet the needs of his employees and the clients they serve.
“I am responsible for the livelihood of 480 people and that is a responsibility that I take very seriously,” concluded Festinger.
Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort is located at 16701 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach. For more information, call 800-327-5476 or visit <www.newportbeachsideresort.com>.