Aberdeen plays its Trump card

After much controversy, work started earlier this month on Donald
Trump’s £1 billion landmark development at the Menie estate in Aberdeenshire.
The Aberdeen Convention Bureau is now teeing up its golf offer for the EIBTM
trade show on the back of a development which includes a five-star hotel and a
state-of-the-art conference centre.

ACB manager Jacky Selway expects the Trump project to be a huge boost
to business tourism in the area.  “It will provide the centre-piece of a golf
and hotel boom which will see a range of new facilities and luxury and
tourist-category hotels open in the next few years,” she says.

Last autumn also saw the opening of property developer Hammerson’s £250m
Union
Square project, which, along with significant
investment at the city’s Bon Accord centre, has transformed Aberdeen’s retail offering.
The new University
of Aberdeen library opens
in the Square in 2011 and will offer a new venue for receptions, exhibitions and
events.

There are plans at Blairs in Aberdeenshire for another £115m golf
resort, with a hotel and conference centre and championship course designed by
former Open champion Paul Lawrie.

Aberdeen
City and Shire’s bedroom accommodation increased by around 25 per cent
this year alone. There is a Malmaison Hotel and a 203-bedroom  Jurys Inn, while
Norwood Hall Hotel has opened a £3.5million stand-alone conference centre in its
grounds.

Paul Colston

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