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Mr. Toth

William Toth

General Manager, St. Somewhere Spa at Margaritaville Resort Orlando

William Toth is a passionate, driven and innovative spa and wellness industry leader with a talent for creating a comfortable and relaxing experience for guests. He brings over twenty years of experience to his current role as Director of St. Somewhere Spa at Margaritaville Resort Orlando.

Before joining the team at Margaritaville, Mr. Toth led the spa programs at prestigious organizations including Canyon Ranch, WTS International, Steiner Leisure, Westgate, Starwood, Lowes, and Marriott. He was also given the opportunity to start consulting on spas, working directly with designers on layouts and spa equipment. This role also added the additional responsibility of consulting on hiring, training, and following up to ensure the best performance possible.

Known for bringing out-of-the-box ideas, innovative techniques and practices to the spas, providing better service to guests and higher revenues led to winning the International Spa Association's Innovation Award in 2013.

In December 2018, Mr. Toth was hired as the General Manager of St. Somewhere Spa, an island inspired resort-style spa at Margaritaville Resort Orlando. St. The spa offers an array of services including massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, body treatments, chromatherapy steam room, redwood sauna and salon services.

One of the most unique treatments is "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Massage" was created by Mr. Toth. Designed as a themed journey, it tells a story through the power of massage as trained therapists focus on performing body movements in coordination with the rhythms of music.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando spans over 300-acres and includes four main components: Margaritaville Hotel, Margaritaville Cottages, Sunset Walk shopping, dining and entertainment district and Island H2O Live! Water Park. Two styles of accommodations are available to visitors - the Margaritaville Hotel, which features upscale amenities and balconies in each of 184 guestrooms, or the Margaritaville Cottages, private residences that offer the comforts of home - both of which provide a premium experience and friendly, genuine island-inspired service.

Please visit http://www.margaritavilleresortorlando.com for more information.

Mr. Toth can be contacted at +1 561-324-9630 or william.toth@margaritavilleresortorlando.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.