There’s a new property opening up in Sarasota next month—The Sarasota Modern. And, Recommend chatted with its new director of sales and marketing, Paul Romero, to help you better acquaint yourselves with him.
Romero joins the property with eight years of industry experience, and most recently worked as the director of sales and marketing for Kimpton’s The Hotel Zamora. His resume includes the Hilton St. Petersburg, and Chesapeake Hospitality, as well as the Tampa Marriott Westshore. If you’re wondering what drew him into the world of travel? Well, he attributes that to wanting to create travel experiences for others similar to those he had experienced growing up. So now, let’s get to know the man behind the suit in this installment of Coffee Time with Industry Vets Q&A series.
Where did you go on your first trip and how old were you?
My first trip was to Buenos Aires, Argentina when I was two years old. My father is from there. He’s always been an inspiration to me and it was great to see where he came from at such a young age.
What is your most vivid travel memory?
My family and I vacationed at The Acapulco Princess, in Acapulco Mexico, for 15 years straight. Those were some of the best vacations of my life. I got a glimpse into a variety of cultures that still influence me to this day.
What was the “Aha” moment that led you into the travel industry?
When I realized I wanted to create some of the travel experiences that I have been so fortunate to have myself. I’ve been so lucky to experience what the world has to offer and I want others to do the same. The hospitality and travel industry has so many unique opportunities.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Hasn’t happened yet, but hopefully Paris, France. It’s definitely on my bucket list.
What was your favorite trip you took last year and why?
We spent a week with friends out in Key West. The snorkeling, the spear fishing and the cuisine were incredible.
Where would you like to go that you have yet to visit?
Paris, France. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the city, and know the food scene would be worthwhile, too.
Do you always buy a souvenir the first time you visit a destination?
I like to pick up a post card from every destination I have been to. It’s nice to flip through them once in a while. Plus, they don’t take up space in my suitcase—semi-pro tip!
What do you do to pass the time on the plane ride to your destination?
I read and listen to music. Life is busy on the ground, so it’s nice to have time to relax in the air.
Who is your favorite travel companion?
My girlfriend, Sophie. We always have a great time wherever we go and enjoy a few laughs along the way.
If there were one hotel room in the world you could call home the rest of your life, which would it be?
The Penthouse Suite at the Acapulco Princess in Acapulco Mexico.
What is the best food you’ve had on a trip? The strangest?
Morcilla, which is blood sausage. Both the strangest and most delicious.
What can’t you travel without?
My music, it just adds to the experience—especially if there are travel delays, which we all know happen far too often.
Who is the most interesting person you’ve met while traveling?
Joe Montana—I met him at a resort in Hawaii when I was 10 years old and still remember the whole interaction to this day. He’s a really cool guy.
Tropical beach or Snowy Mountain?
Tropical Beach—with a tiki bar wouldn’t hurt.
City or countryside?
Countryside, can’t beat the landscape views.