New McLaren ho­tel will give the is­land econ­omy £1m boost

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An eco­nomic im­pact ap­praisal into the de­vel­op­ment has been car­ried out by Bellerby Eco­nom­ics. It states: ‘The proposed re­de­vel­op­ment of the McLaren Ho­tel has the po­ten­tial to pro­vide a boost to the econ­omy of Ar­ran as it is ex­pected to bring ad­di­tional visi­tors and new jobs to the is­land. It will also re­place a cur­rent run-down eye­sore with a mod­ern at­trac­tive new build­ing; this is im­por­tant in this lo­ca­tion, highly vis­i­ble to tourists ar­riv­ing by ferry.

‘As a re­sult of the clo­sure of the McLaren Ho­tel, there are no mid-range of­fer­ings on the is­land. The ho­tel de­vel­op­ment pro­posal aims to fill that gap by pro­vid­ing a high qual­ity, af­ford­able ho­tel.

‘The aim is both to in­crease the to­tal num­ber of visi­tors to the is­land and to en­cour­age day trip­pers to stay longer. The tar­get mar­ket is both fam­i­lies and work­ers, as well as golfers, hik­ers and walk­ers.

‘This will place pres­sure on other ac­com­mo­da­tion providers on the is­land who em­ploy staff at sim­i­lar skills lev­els, who cur­rently are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties re­cruit­ing staff. This sug­gests that there is a pool of non-work­ing labour within North Ayr­shire that could fill hospi­tal­ity va­can­cies, par­tic­u­larly as the McLaren Ho­tel is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing train­ing and aims to man­age and de­velop the team skills across ev­ery level and pro­mote from within.

‘We es­ti­mate that the num­ber of McLaren Ho­tel guests in a sin­gle year will be 31,536, and as­sum­ing an av­er­age daily ex­pen­di­ture away from the ho­tel of £50, the ho­tel guests will spend £1,576,800 in the lo­cal econ­omy.’

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