In the very first issue of Hotel Scotland we did a news story on Hans Rissman and wife Lydia taking over the Strathaven Hotel in Strathaven. He told me then that a refurbishment was imminent and I’m delighted to say that he has now completed phase one and I think they may be even be ahead of schedule. I look forward to seeing it in the flesh … more next month and and well done.
First of all I would like to say a huge congratulations to Linda Johnston and her team at Auchrannie. Linda picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Scottish Bar and Pub Awards – the great news was that her team managed to keep the news a complete secret – so she was both shocked and amazed when she was called up for her award. Nothing like a good surprise!
Another award winning ream was Bill Costley of Costley & Costley who was presented with the Gordon & MacPhail Award for Success. However PA Linda Leckie was also getting a surprise award. – a Hall of Fame accolade for 28 years service to her boss. However he unfortunately decided to leave before the very end of the ceremony taking his guests with him, including Linda… so she missed her moment of fame… I do hope he has made it up to her!
Who would have thought that a fire at Glasgow’s Fruit Market would have caused so many so much stress with so many businesses struggling to get their fruit and veg – it just goes to show you that we do take the supply of our fruit and vegetables for granted! Chefs all over Glasgow were tearing their hair out… and heading down to their local supermarkets. Not to mention the strain it put on Fruit and Veg wholesalers … here’s hoping it will all be back to normal as soon as possible.
I don’t now how widespread this is, but while out visiting hotels over this summer hoteliers were telling me that the number of children holidaying with parents appears to have dropped dramatically. Are you feeling the chill? Let me know at email@example.com
It seems that the costs that have been burgeoning within the hotel industry since Brexit has been announced have been somewhat offset but the number of tourists that are spending in our hotels. The weak pound is very definitely the hotel sectors silver lining. Here’s hoping the tourist numbers keeps up over the winter months.
Our interviewee this month is someone that I interviewed for our sister publication the DRAM a year ago – Ken McCulloch, who is one of the most innovative hoteliers in the business. Next month I have an interview with Stephen Carter OBE who is another well kent face and a man I have a huge amount of respect for too.