Major hotels, tourist attraction and holiday park secure Green Key certification
Hotel Scotland
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4d ago
Twenty-one new tourism establishments from across Scotland have been announced as the recipients of the Green Key eco-certificate. Following audits by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, the 21 new recipients join five others, taking the total in Scotland to 26. A Green Key eco-certificate has been the leading standard of excellence in environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry since 1994 – and launched in Scotland in 2021. It is operated across Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful and licensed globally by the Foundation for Environmental Educa ..read more
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Work starts on new Edinburgh hotel at Osborne House
Hotel Scotland
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5d ago
Construction work has started on a new 157-bedroom hotel in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh after property development company, S Harrison, who will hold the completed investment, appointed Ogilvie Construction as the principal contractor on the project. The development will see the 1970s office building, known as Osborne House, transformed into a new hotel, with a residents’ bar, restaurant and lounge area on the ground floor and an outdoor seating terrace. Following part demolition of the existing building, two new accommodation wings will be built to the rear, together with a new storey abo ..read more
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Virgin Hotels Edinburgh reveals new Artist in Residence
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5d ago
Virgin Hotels Edinburgh has named local creative, Wendy Helliwell, as its new Artist in Residence, taking up the position from August until October and during The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Artist in Residence programme is dedicated to supporting the city’s creative community, offering artists a three-month residency with access to a purpose built art studio within the old India Buildings’ turret of Virgin Hotels Edinburgh and provides artists with free gallery space within the hotel and the chance to sell their artwork, with all proceeds going directly to the artist. Wendy was first intro ..read more
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Cameron House appoint new Director of Sales
Hotel Scotland
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5d ago
Cameron House on Loch Lomond, has welcomed Claire Meir as its new Director of Sales. Previously Director of Sales at Fairmont St. Andrews, Claire’s appointment marks her return to the Cameron House, where she previously held the position of the Director of Sales for MICE for six years.  Meir has amassed over 20 years’ experience working within leading national and international hotel groups, including holding the title of Regional Director of Sales at De Vere Hotels and Director of Sales and Marketing for Marriott’s Forest of Arden Golf and Country Club.  On her new role, Claire Meir ..read more
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Frank Bruyère named as next chief at The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust
Hotel Scotland
by Reporter
5d ago
Frank Bruyère has been named as the new Chief Executive of The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust by the Trusts chairman Rear Admiral Neil Rankin CB CBE. He takes over the role from Bob Downie who retires later this year after 26 years at the helm of the award-winning maritime attraction Britannia and its sister-ship, the luxury floating hotel Fingal. Mr Bruyère is currently the Trust’s Director of Hospitality and brings over 25 years’ global hospitality management experience to his new role, working for some of the most iconic hotels, including Renaissance Worthington, USA; InterContinental Paris Le ..read more
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Assetz Capital completes £5m refinancing for Glasgow ibis
Hotel Scotland
by Reporter
5d ago
Digital SME commercial lender Assetz Capital has announced  a £5 million commercial mortgage to refinance the ibis Styles hotel at Waterloo Street in Glasgow which is owned by a private equity firm. David Hehir, the relationship director at Assetz Capital who led the deal, said, “I was delighted to be able to support the re-finance of the ibis Styles Glasgow Central Hotel with a £5m debt package. “We worked closely with Maven Capital Partners to facilitate its delivery which re-affirms our commitment to the hotel sector in Scotland and the wider UK market.” It is one of two deals ann ..read more
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Crerar Hotel Group launches new early careers programme
Hotel Scotland
by Reporter
5d ago
Crerar Hotel Group has welcomed a cohort of apprentices into its new Early Careers Programme, aimed at boosting the number of young people choosing to work in the sector. The new initiative – which features a Future Hotelier Apprenticeship and Culinary Apprenticeship – will allow young people to gain valuable on-the-job training and experience, as well as a host of new skills and the foundations for a successful career in hospitality. As the hotel group brings on board 18 candidates aged 16 to 24, giving them the opportunity to complete a two-year course which will see them achieve up to a SCQ ..read more
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Focus: DeiRa Hotel & Apartments
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5d ago
One of the west coast’s most anticipated luxury destinations, DeiRa Hotel & Apartments, has given an exclusive first look at its stunning new premises, located just less than an hour from Glasgow. The new 10-roomed boutique hotel has opened just ahead of The Open Championship at Royal Troon and it offers a blend of elegance, comfort, and five-star service and is expected to be graded 4-stars. DeiRa is a family-run hotel with apartments where style and comfort blend seamlessly with warm Scottish hospitality, and named in honor of the businesses four founders: brothers Deish and Rabinde ..read more
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Yotel Targets Gen Z With ‘Retreat Package’
Hotel Scotland
by Reporter
5d ago
As the professional landscape continues to evolve with the rise of hybrid working, YOTEL Glasgow, in partnership with its in-house destination venue, VEGA, has launched a bespoke ‘Retreat Package’ designed specifically for the modern workforce. The package targets Gen Z professionals, who prioritise work-life balance and dynamic work environments but recognise that physical gatherings boosts morale. Neil Taylor, YOTEL Glasgow General Manager, said, “At YOTEL, we create experiences that not only resonate with our guests on a personal level but also foster a vibrant and supportive work culture ..read more
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Seaton House appoints Michael Davern as General Manager
Hotel Scotland
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5d ago
Michael Davern, who delivered and hosted Ireland’s first ever Ryder Cup while at the K Club, has been appointed as General Manager to lead the team at the five-star Seaton House in St Andrews. Davern, who was recognised as World General Manager of the Year by Preferred Hotels and Resorts in 2016, describes being given the opportunity to help create a place like home at the home of golf as a “dream come true”. The hotel’s operator, Valor Hospitality Partners, confirmed the appointment ahead of the restoration and reopening of the proud local landmark, which is scheduled for early 2025. Michael ..read more
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