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West Coast news
The resort area of Turnberry on Scotland’s beautiful west coast has a cluster of news of its own. The luxury hotel and golf resort has recently completed a multi-million pound renovation programme that has remodelled its public spaces and 46 of its 192 guest rooms. Its Deluxe Ocean View rooms are now a visitor attraction in themselves, with new fabrics, new colour schemes and wooden flooring and with picture windows that invite guests to look out over the sea, the nearby islands and the renowned golf courses. In Alloway, Ayrshire, an investment of £21m has created Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Combined with Burns Cottage and The Pavilion, these adjacent sites are available as venues for events for up to 60 delegates in unique surroundings.

Stirling Castle
To be completed shortly is a £12m project at the impressive Stirling Castle. Six ground-floor apartments have been fitted out and furnished to give visitors the feeling of walking into the royal court in the mid-16th century.

Years of research have been carried out by specialist scholars to ensure that the four-poster beds, heraldic decorations on the walls and ceilings and every other detail are as authentic as possible. Attendants, dressed in character of the time, will be guards and ladies-in-waiting and will be able to tell visitors about life in those early days.

Hilton’s new look in Scotland
Calum Ross, Area GM, Hilton Worldwide, Central Scotland, says that the company has invested in a new concept in its properties in Strathclyde and Edinburgh Airport. ‘We wanted to utilise all the f&b areas whilst providing productive business spaces for our business guests. We see it as vital in the current market to keep investing and adapting to meet the demands of our guests’.

Each of the two hotels has had £400,000 spent on transforming the traditional ground floor f&b spaces into a single executive lounge. They are now relaxing but fitted with easy laptop plug in and high-speed wireless, pop up screens, Bluetooth and mobile charging stations. ‘They are conducive’, says Calum, ‘to being private or working in small groups.’

The Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor has had a £1.3m refurbishment of its bedrooms and public and meeting spaces. There is also a new steel and glass reception area.

Themed years
VisitScotland has a sequence of themes stretching into the future that might lend themselves to related themes for incentives and events. They include: Year of Active Scotland (2011); Year of Creative Scotland (2012); Year of Sustainable Scotland (2013); Year of Homecoming to Scotland (2014). And, of course, Glasgow will be the venue for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

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