Company: Trump Turnberry
The name Turnberry is indelibly linked to golf. Home of four Open Championships, including the famous 1977 Duel in the Sun between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, and with the iconic Turnberry lighthouse guiding golfers around the coastline stretch, it truly is a golfer’s paradise. It’s now also the perfect destination for business minds to come together, for team building activities and a place for decisions to be made and ideas to be created.
In 2014, Turnberry was renamed Trump Turnberry as new owners the Trump Organization sought to put their stamp onto the property. Now, 12 months later, their influence over this historic building is certainly starting to materialise.
The first phase of the renovation is now complete, with the refurbishment of the meeting spaces and the creation of two new function suites within the hotel.
The Ailsa Craig Suite, one of the new spaces to be created has grand views through large picture windows overlooking the Championship golf courses and beyond. With cleverly installed AV and a large television screen, it is perfect for a delegate grouping of approximately 140 theatre style.
The Caledonia Ballroom is a large, sparkling space featuring a selection of glittering chandeliers and is ideal for a selection of larger scale conferences and events, with a theatre capacity for up to 200 people.
Located next to the Caledonia Ballroom are three smaller meeting spaces, all named after local areas – The Alloway, The Carrick and The Kyle. These rooms are perfect for break out spots, organiser meeting areas or for additional space for storage. The Alloway is also suitable for use as a small boardroom for up to 10 people.
Also new to the resort is the Old Tom Morris Suite, in a tribute to the legendary four time Open Champion. This room is the ideal space for pre-dinner drinks ahead of a function in the Caledonia Ballroom.
With a renewed focus on corporate sales, the resort has boosted its head count within its sales team. Heading up the team is newly appointed Director of Sales, Gillian McNeilly, who has a wealth of experience from previous roles within Hilton, The Old Course St Andrews and The Hotel Collection.
Also new is Paulomi Debnath, an Account Director from the Corinthia, who will be based out of London with a role aimed at growing the MICE market. Shalane Breen joins from Elior as an Account Executive, in a new position focusing on local market activity, and taking on a business development role is Laura Findlay, who joined the team from Scottish Widows. They join Angus Watson, who continues to look after the resort’s leisure business.
Stephen Walker, Director of Sales & Marketing said: “It’s a truly exciting period for us here at Trump Turnberry and we are thrilled to have such a high standard of talent join us.
“With our exceptional new meeting and event spaces, we recognised the need to increase our sales team to go out and meet with clients, old and new, and share with them all our latest news and updates. Ultimately, we want to drive a higher market share and encourage more corporate business to visit the resort and see for themselves how incredible their event would be at Trump Turnberry.”
The next phase of the resort’s grand refurbishment is due to begin at the end of September, following on from the Ricoh Women’s British Open. This detailed and sensitive project means that the hotel building and the Championship Ailsa course will close until June 2016.
During this time, elements of the resort will remain open, including the Spa at Turnberry, the Turnberry Performance Academy, the Trump Villas and the Championship Kintyre course. When it reopens in June, each resort bedroom and all public spaces will have been redesigned and reappointed to the highest in luxury standards.
There are also plans for two new ballrooms, including the Crystal Ballroom, on the site of the current 1906 restaurant, and also for the promisingly spectacular Donald J Trump Ballroom which will be a completely new function room, with a capacity of approximately 500 people. Trump Turnberry is set within 800 acres of wild and beautiful Scottish countryside, however, delegates are able to arrive with ease, with excellent road and rail links close by. For those coming from further afield, three main airports are within comfortable travelling distance, with Prestwick Airport just 30 minutes away, Glasgow Airport less than an hour and Edinburgh, two hours away.