The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort appoints new Account Director

Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland, has appointed a new Account Director for Marketing Partnerships and Events.

Gayle Harthill (pictured above) will be responsible for developing partnerships for the accommodation, golf, food and beverage, country pursuits and spa activities at Turnberry and will report directly to the resort’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Stephen Walker.

One of Gayle’s first projects will be a celebratory summer event, with support from local partners, to mark the opening of the new Turnberry Suite at Turnberry.

The Turnberry Suite combines a five-star venue for up to 200 people with direct access to a large private outdoor terrace offering space for groups to enjoy summer barbecues and evening drinks as well as elevated views over the legendary Ailsa golf course, the Irish Sea and island of Ailsa Craig.

Gayle has over 10 years experience in sales and marketing roles at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh, as well as a BA (Hons) Degree in Hospitality (Hotel & Catering) Management from Napier University.

Commenting on her new role, Gayle said: “I’m delighted to join the Sales & Marketing team at Turnberry, especially now that developing partnerships and creating our own customer events has become a key part of the strategy. The recent renovation of the hotel and introduction of the sumptuous Turnberry Suite will allow us to provide the highest quality facilities for corporate groups and individual guests.

“I look forward to playing my part in further developing Turnberry as a leading corporate and tourist destination in Scotland by working closely with carefully selected partners both in Scotland and internationally.”

Turnberry recently underwent a multimillion pound renovation programme, prior to hosting the 2009 Open and becoming part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection. It has 198 guest rooms including four lavish ocean-view suites in the main hotel; as well as 12 lodges with eight bedrooms and 12 lodges with six bedrooms on the estate.

For more information on Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort Scotland, please visit

Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Turnberry is located on the stunning Ayrshire coast, offering elevated views over the Irish Sea, Ailsa Craig and mountains of Arran and Kintyre. First opened in 1906 as the world’s first golf resort, Turnberry quickly established itself as the premier destination for social and sporting events. The five red star resort underwent a multi-million pound renovation programme prior to hosting the 2009 Open on its legendary Ailsa golf course and becoming part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts much acclaimed Luxury Collection. The 198 luxuriously appointed guest rooms include four lavish ocean-view suites and offer a perfect blend of Edwardian tradition and timeless design. The iconic Ailsa Course is currently ranked as Britain’s number one golf course by leading golf publications and consistently rated within the world’s best. For golfers, there is also the Championship Kintyre Course and the Arran Course, as well as The Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy. Turnberry is the perfect setting for food lovers, with a choice of unique dining experiences, including the signature restaurant 1906, led by Executive Head Chef Ralph Porciani, which offers classic dishes with a modern twist and a unique Chef’s Table experience. There is also the elegant Grand Tea Lounge, Ailsa Bar & Lounge, Duel in the Sun bar and Tappie Toorie restaurant overlooking the links golf courses and sea beyond. Turnberry has a well-established reputation for top class meeting and events facilities, specialising in bespoke boardroom experiences. There is also a luxurious spa offering a range of ESPA treatments. The onsite Outdoor Activity Centre offers guests a variety of distinguished outdoor activities including quad biking, horse-riding, fishing and off-road driving. For more information, please visit

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection® is a selection of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent décor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Today, The Luxury Collection is a glittering ensemble of more than 70 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning hotels that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class in some of the most desired destinations in the world. Most recently, Mystique, a Luxury Collection Resort, was honored with the 2008 Travel + Leisure Design Award for Best Small Resort in the world. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information, please visit

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1000 properties in nearly 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit

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