Chris McGuinness, General Manager of the Aberdeen Marriot has been appointed to the role of chairman of Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels Association (ACSHA). He succeeds Stephen Gow of Thistle Aberdeen Altens as chairman of ACSHA. The Association currently has 39 members.
Mr McGuinness’ appointment comes at an invigorating time for the Aberdeen hotel industry. A new 94 bedroom Courtyard by Marriott at Aberdeen Airport, which is set to open in July will be closely followed by the opening of Premier Inn as well as Ibis and Novotel bringing an additional 500 rooms to the area. The £25 million luxury De Vere Village Urban Retreat Resort with 148 bedrooms is set to improve the offering to both leisure and business visitors to Aberdeen within the new Prime Four Business Park at Kingswells.
In the city centre, £15m plans have also been submitted to convert the former Bruce Millers premises in Union Street into an eight storey hotel and the Station Hotel in the city is set for a £6.5m investment to become Aberdeen’s first Crowne Plaza hotel.
During his two year tenure, Chris hopes to build on the Hotels Association’s reputation and continue to develop vital relationships. He says, “We are very fortunate in Aberdeen to be part of a thriving hospitality industry; however we need to remember that Aberdeen has so much more to offer visitors. As a hotels’ association, we must collectively improve visitor experience and encourage business visitors to return to the city to view all we have to offer.”