PUNTA GORDA — Veteran hotelier Paul Berry, who has managed several of the world’s premier luxury resorts, has been named vice president of hotel operations for Sunseeker Resorts, a division of Allegiant Travel Company. Berry is a key member of the leadership team responsible for establishing the strategic direction of Sunseeker Resorts and the company’s first property, Sunseeker Resorts Charlotte Harbor, currently under development in Southwest Florida, according to a statement.
Prior to joining Sunseeker, Berry held several leadership roles at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas. Most recently, he served as vice president of hotel operations at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter, which earned the AAA Five Diamond and the Forbes Five Star awards under his management.
“Paul is one of the hospitality industry’s top leaders,” says Micah Richins, executive vice president and COO of Sunseeker Resorts, in the statement. “He is an expert at cultivating a culture of excellence, for employees and guests. He will bring the kind of leadership to the team that will make Sunseeker Resorts a world-class destination.”
Over his 30-year career, Berry has served as vice president of guest services and director of guest services for Bellagio, executive assistant hotel manager at Treasure Island Resort and Casino and assistant executive housekeeper of The Mirage, among others. He was an integral member of the opening teams for several major Las Vegas properties including ARIA, Bellagio, Bellagio Spa Tower, Treasure Island and The Mirage.
“Sunseeker Resorts Charlotte Harbor will be an integral part of the Southwest Florida community, providing guests with dining and entertainment options, as well as excellent employment opportunities for residents,” says Berry. “I’m looking forward to becoming part of the Port Charlotte family.”
The initial phase of Sunseeker Charlotte Harbor will feature approximately 500 hotel rooms, more than 180 extended stay suite residences, meeting and conference space, and a variety of restaurants, bars and retail outlets along a scenic harbor walk.