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Changing of the guard at the George Hotel


… Graeme Barclay set to take over from David Welch as general manager…

The charismatic general manager of the George Hotel in Edinburgh, David Welch, has taken retirement after 40 years in the hospitality industry passing the torch onto Graeme Barclay who has taken over as general manager.

David joined the George in 2005 shortly after it had been taken over by award winning hotel operator PH Hotels and went on to manage a major £20m refurbishment programme at the hotel. Since then David has taken the hotel from strength to strength, winning prestigious accolades including Edinburgh Hotel of the Year and positioning the George as one of the capital’s finest hotels.

Speaking on his retirement, David said: “I’ve had a fantastic career and have loved my time here at the George however I’m looking forward to having time to relax and spend more time with my family. I’m planning to spend some time travelling and I’ll still be working with PH Hotels in a consultancy capacity.

“I’m delighted to be handing the George over to Graeme knowing that the hotel is in a very safe pair of hands.  He has a great background and I know that he will take the hotel onwards and upwards.”

Graeme, originally from Glasgow, has been GM at the five star celebrity hotspot St David’s Hotel & Spa in Cardiff, also part of the PH Hotels group, for the past two years.  With over 30 years in the industry Graeme knows the business inside out and is looking forward to moving back to Scotland to head up the team at the George.

Graeme said: “After a few years away it’s great to be moving back to Scotland to take on the role of general manager at the George – it’s a wonderful hotel and I’m looking forward to working closely with the team here to continue delivering a first class experience for guests on each and every stay.”

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