FORBES of Kingennie Resort is at a crucial stage of its development. Its plans for a new £55 million golf, hotel and housing development, are set to enhance Angus tourism provision.
Provost of Angus Ruth Leslie Melville visited the resort to catch up with owner Mike Forbes, the current Angus Ambassador of the Year.
The Provost said: “Mike is a key driver and entrepreneur in the tourism industry in Angus and he is tireless in his promotion of the area and its many attributes. His vision for the development of the Kingennie resort will greatly benefit the tourism offering for the area and will create over 200 jobs.”
As Mike and his wife, Gail, showed the Provost round the resort’s fishing and golfing facility where over 40 staff are employed, he said: “Receiving the Angus Ambassador of the Year Award was an immense honour. We are extremely proud of being Ambassadors for Angus, the area’s beauty is at the heart of our business and is our strongest selling point for attracting people from around the world.”
Mike explained to the Provost that it is crucial that everything is done well to attract visitors. The company’s new development plans include an 18-hole golf course, youth golf academy, five-star hotel and spa.
He continued: “We want to build a world class golf course that is supported by world class facilities. To do this we need experts in golf, hotel and tourism provision to lead the way forward and the best of staff to deliver excellent service.”
The existing Forbes of Kingennie development was influenced by a leading hotelier who understood what type of tourism development would work for the area.
Mike explained that he has recruited the best of managers for the resort to ensure its service delivery is comparable with the best in Europe. He is in the process of attracting new entrepreneurs to be in charge of different aspects of the new offering.
Mike stressed that the delivery of an extremely good quality tourism product would complement other golf and hotel offerings in the area.
He explained: “My ambition is still to deliver the county’s first five-star hotel and championship golf facility, one which will complement the famous Carnoustie links and will bring with it a massive cash injection for the local economy.”