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Dalmahoy Hotel appoints new general manager



Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club has appointed Murray Thomson as its new general manager.

He has more than 30 years of hospitality experience, working in The Balmoral in Edinburgh and more recently Blythswood Square in Glasgow.

Thomson started his career as a linen porter in Edinburgh, working his way up through the ranks in operations, sales and marketing and latterly management in Glasgow’s Grand Central and Cameron House.

He will be responsible for the daily operations and strategic direction of the 208 room and seven suite resort, alongside its Pentland Restaurant, The Brasserie and James Braid Bar, golf course and leisure club.

Thomson’s main priority will be to ensure a safe environment for his team and guests, while preparing for reopening.

He is also the joint-chair of the Greater Glasgow Hoteliers Association and the chair of Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland’s annual industry dinner.

“It’s an absolute privilege to be taking the helm of this flagship Scottish hotel at such a defining point in our collective history”, said Thomson.

“We have a great team here at Dalmahoy, so the immediate focus will be on reopening our doors and welcoming guests back in the hopefully not-too-distant future.”

Thompson takes over the reins from Alistair Kinchin, who has retired after 18 years at the helm.

Kinchin said: “Passing the baton to someone of Murray’s calibre and standing in our sector is a real triumph – his vision and style will continue to help cement our reputation as one of Scotland’s leading leisure and golf resorts.

“I have no doubt he will be able to confidently steer the business through one of the most challenging times the hospitality sector has ever seen.”

The Scottish Government is due to announce a new strategic framework on 23 February, which should pave the way for Scotland’s emergence from its current national lockdown.

The hotel, which is set in 1,000 acres of countryside, seven miles from Edinburgh city centre, has remained closed – with the exception of its two golf courses – since coronavirus restrictions were introduced at the end of December.

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