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Accor appoints area general manager for Scottish and Irish luxury brands

Accor has announced John Keating as its new area general manager for luxury brands in Scotland and Ireland.

The news follows the recent signing of Carton House, a Fairmont managed hotel, which is due to open in Ireland in Q4.

Keating retains his existing role as general manager of the five-star Fairmont St Andrews, one of the “leading” luxury hotels and golf resorts in Scotland. His role extends to oversee the new Fairmont in Ireland in addition to future luxury brand developments in Scotland and Ireland.

Originally from Ireland, Keating has more than 30 years experience in the domestic and international luxury hotel industry. He joined Accor’s preeminent Fairmont brand in 2015, taking over the reins at Scotland’s home of golf.

During his time at Fairmont St Andrews, Keating has hosted the annual qualifiers for the Open Championship in St Andrews and managed a multi-million pound refurbishment of the hotel and conference space.

Keating said: “I am proud to extend my role to include my Irish homeland and the stunning Carton House hotel which has joined our Fairmont brand and opens later this year.

“Accor’s vision for luxury brands is second to none and I am proud to lead our luxury hospitality in both Scotland and Ireland. Both countries have a wealth of opportunities for future developments and are spectacular regions to visit.”

Marc Dardenne, COO Europe Luxury brands, added: “John’s outstanding leadership and professionalism together will ensure the management of a strong and successful luxury portfolio.

“Our luxury brand portfolio is one of the strongest in the world; world-renowned brands, spectacular properties and hoteliers with great vision and passion.”

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