Oxford Hotels and Inns News

Monday, 18 January 2010

Award winning hotel manager set to further cement Nairn as world-class travel hotspot

An award winning General Manager has been appointed to head up Newton Hotel in Nairn, part of the leading hotel group, Oxford Hotels & Inns to help position it as the best hotel in the area and a quality place to stay for business and leisure breaks, as well as the ideal place to celebrate special occasions such as weddings, whilst further establishing Nairn as a world-class travel hotspot.

New General Manager Don McGregor has over 20 year’s managerial experience in the hotel industry. He joins Newton Hotel from the largest banqueting property in Scotland, the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow where he achieved three awards during his three years as General manager – he scooped Best Banqueting Venue, Best Bedroom Design and the Managers Gold Medal award for Service Excellence at the 2009 Scottish Hoteliers dinner.

Mr McGregor said: “I was attracted to Newton Hotel as it is in a first class location - Nairn is perfect for exploring the highlands, and the travel website, Trip Advisor recently put Nairn in second place, behind Troncones in Mexico on the list of the world’s top emerging travel hotspots. So my plan is to further cement this prestigious title by establishing the Newton as the best hotel in the area.”

Built as a family home in 1872, and standing in 21 acres of mature parkland and picturesque gardens, yet close to the highland town of Nairn, Newton Hotel is known for its enchanting location and was frequented by Charlie Chaplin. Overlooking Nairn Golf Course and beyond to Moray Firth, the hotel is the ideal spot for guests in search of peace and tranquillity to relax and unwind.

Mr McGregor’s previous roles also include managing the Carlton Highland Hotel in Edinburgh, where his speciality was organising and delivering high profile events. He was also part of the management team which took Cameron House Hotel in Loch Lomond from a four star hotel to a five star hotel, looking after famous guests such as Clint Eastwood and Robbie Williams.

He commented: “I’m really enjoying my new role. We already have a considerable number of loyal, regulars but I’m looking forward to building on this and establishing a really strong customer base which also includes high profile guests, especially now that Nairn is gaining recognition as a world-class travel destination.

“It’s always a challenge looking after high-profile guests as they can be slightly more demanding, but we can cater for all guests and every kind of celebration as well as private dinners and all business related events.

“Every guest is special and important to us and I have a dedicated team in place that will deliver a first-class service to ensure they all enjoy their visit or stay with us. So I have every confidence that my team and I will be able to propel Newton Hotel to the number one hotel in the area and a great place to stay for business and leisure - not to mention a popular place for locals to enjoy.”

Newton Hotel boasts 56 luxury en-suite bedrooms, all elegantly furnished and individually designed. It also holds a civil wedding license so couples can get married at the hotel, in its own chapel, as well as enjoy their wedding reception at the beautiful venue, no matter how large or small the wedding party is. All wedding clients will also benefit from an expert wedding co-ordinator and complimentary overnight accommodation on their wedding night, including breakfast.
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