Hotel management company hires industry veteran as president

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Effective Hospitality Management, set up in mid-2020 to support the hospitality industry as it recovers from the pandemic, has appointed acclaimed hotelier Stephen Carter OBE as chairman.

Having held managerial positions at hotels such as The Fairmont and The Old Course in St Andrews; Cameron House, Loch Lomond; and The Caledonian in Edinburgh, he will work with EHM directors Kevin Keenan, John Shevlin and Simon O’Donnell as they pursue new management contracts.

Carter said: “As a team, we have a lot of experience running a business through tough times and we look forward to helping owners chart a clear path out of this pandemic.”

Keenan, former director of Golf Tourism Scotland, said: “Having launched our business on July 13 last year, as the first lockdown eased, we are delighted to have such important news as the appointment of Stephen, to share with industry like this the lockdown ends.

“A year later, and as conditions have become even more difficult for hospitality businesses of all sizes, our goal is still to help the industry we love, an industry that has supported us throughout our 140 years of combined experience.

EHM was awarded its first management contract in November 2020 and is currently working on the reopening of Loch Leven Hotel, a former 17th century coaching inn, on April 26.

The objective of the company is to support owners, investors and asset managers of hotel and restaurant businesses by offering short and long-term management contracts.

One particular area where they see growth is where a business had to be sold before the pandemic, and the deal was not struck, leaving a number of owners still running a business they already have. mentally left.

EHM also announced that it is a key strategic partner of The Fusion Group of Companies.

Fusion’s accommodation services division, which similarly works with hotel companies, provides basic reservations and assistance with corporate restructuring.

Fusion Accommodation Services has taken over the management of Loch Leven’s Hotel Reservations, with the aim of increasing profitability, increasing bookings and promoting the hotel to a wider audience.

Shevlin said, “With the expansion of its hosting services division and the launch of Drysdale & Company, also during the lockdown, I think we share the same determination as Fusion that this pandemic is not going to beat us, rather. that we see tremendous opportunity right now. “

Led by Certified Commercial Surveyor Stuart Drysdale, Drysdale & Company has itself been set up in lockdown to serve hotel businesses looking to sell.

As the lockdown eases further, EHM said it remains on the lookout for hospitality venues of all sizes in the UK and Ireland that may hit the market.

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