Aberdeen hotel staff made redundant as parent company enters liquidation

Ability Group, which owns the DoubleTree Aberdeen City Centre hotel in Scotland, has entered liquidation, resulting in all staff at the property being made redundant.

According to a report by the BBC, Ability Group said this was the result of “exceptional circumstances beyond the company’s control”, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe.

A spokesperson for Hilson said the hotel’s owner informed the hotel brand that it is “no longer viable for the company to continue to trade”, and that the directors of the company are placing the company into liquidation

The spokesperson added: “As a result, the hotel will remain closed and team members have been informed by their employer, Ability Hotels (Aberdeen) that they will be made redundant.

“We are saddened by this news and wish the team at the hotel well, in what we appreciate is a very difficult time.”

Martyn Giles, head of asset management for the Ability Group, told the BBC: “The huge impact in the slump of the oil market in recent years and most recently Covid-19, DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre is no longer a viable business and is being placed in liquidation with immediate effect.

“The Ability Group have explored every avenue to keep the hotel open for many months now and retain the loyal team members but ultimately and to our extreme disappointment this has proved not be possible.

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