80 jobs as local hotels reopen

The Great Western Hotel, Oban.

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Oban’s Great Western Hotel and Fort William’s Caledonian Hotel are reopening.

The Great Western, on the Corran Esplanade and managed by Vicki Glen, reopens on May 17.

The Caledonian Hotel, on Achintore Road, also reopens on May 17 under new general manager Michael Johnstone.

Both properties were part of Shearings Hotels which was plunged into administration in May 2020.

But following new ownership and a management agreement with Bespoke Hotels, they have become part of its ‘Coast & Country Hotel Collection’.

The collection, is part of more than 30 across England, Scotland and Wales in areas close to coastal or rural attractions.

The collection seeks to reinvigorate the hotel offering and showcase their amenities and location. Eighty jobs are being created at both properties.

The Caledonian Hotel, Fort William.

Paul FitzGerald, portfolio managing director, said: ‘Given the enormous challenges of the last few months we’re delighted to bring the Great Western Hotel and The Caledonian Hotel back to market.

‘We know the initial closures were felt keenly among the local community.

‘But now, with reopening plans in place, we’re able to offer not just jobs and wider tourism opportunities, but a hospitality service that people can engage with as restrictions lift.’

He added: ‘With the country having been unable to enjoy the delights of hospitality for so long, everyone is eager to enjoy themselves post lockdown, and as people are starting to realise these properties are reopening, we’re already seeing keen interest to book – something that bodes really well for their future success.’

Thomas Greenall, managing director of Bespoke Hotels, said: ‘Coast & Country Hotel Collection is made up of some prominent local hotels in some wonderful and well-established leisure locations and we’re thrilled to be able to facilitate their reopening.

‘We know the initial closures of many of these properties caused a real stir in their local communities last year, so we hope they’ll be keen to embrace their reopening and support the individual hotels in their endeavours.’

He added: ‘We hope this will be regarded as a very positive move for the area – delivering jobs, support for communities and vital trade for suppliers and ancillary businesses.’

As part of the reopening, the collection is seeking to re-employ previous staff, while also looking to offer new roles to those keen to join the hospitality industry, it said.

For further information, visit: bespokehotels.com/hotels/coast-country-collection