Me­la­nia, the model tourist

The Sunday Telegraph - - Front Page - By He­len Chan­dler-Wilde

DON­ALD TRUMP’S Scot­tish golf clubs lost £4.6mil­lion last year, with com­pany ac­counts blam­ing “eco­nomic down­turn” and lower oil prices for poorer rev­enues.

The Trump Turn­berry re­sort, which was the site of protests dur­ing the US pres­i­dent’s UK visit this year, lost £3.4mil­lion in 2017. This is the fourth con­sec­u­tive year of losses at the club.

Eric Trump, the pres­i­dent’s sec­ond son and di­rec­tor of par­ent com­pany Golf Recre­ation Scot­land, wrote that this was “one of the most ro­bust fi­nan- cial re­sults in a decade” for the re­sort. In a state­ment in the com­pany’s ac­counts re­port, he wrote that the di­rec­tors ex­pected the club to have op­er­at­ing prof­itabil­ity in “the short to medium terms”.

He wrote that re­cent re­fur­bish­ments to the re­sort meant it was “placed to be­come Scot­land’s lead­ing des­ti­na­tion for wed­dings, con­fer­ences and events”.

The Tele­graph’s travel sec­tion gave the re­sort an 8/10 rat­ing, de­scrib­ing the gold taps and chan­de­liers in­stalled as part of the re­dec­o­ra­tion as “Las Ve­gas-on-Sea”. An­other di­rec­tor of the com­pany is Rhona Graff-Ric­cio, a long- stand­ing as­sis­tant to Pres­i­dent Trump. The other re­sort, Trump In­ter­na­tional Golf Links Scot­land in Aberdeen­shire, lost £1.3mil­lion in 2017, less than the £1.4mil­lion loss the year be­fore. Rev­enues fell from £2.6mil­lion in 2016 to £2.5mil­lion in 2017.

Di­rec­tors of the com­pany in­clude Eric Trump and Don­ald Trump Jr. Pres­i­dent Trump and daugh­ter Ivanka both re­signed di­rec­tor­ships the day be­fore the in­au­gu­ra­tion in 2017.

Ex­plain­ing the losses at the Aberdeen­shire re­sort, Eric Trump wrote: “The crash in oil price and eco­nomic down­turn ex­pe­ri­enced in the North East of Scot­land has, how­ever, re­sulted in a drop to lo­cal spend­ing and con­se­quently rev­enues have de­creased by 3pc.” He wrote that “Trump In­ter­na­tional’s rep­u­ta­tion and sta­tus with tour op­er­a­tors and agents across Europe, Amer­ica and fur­ther afield con­tin­ues to ex­pand”.

Mary Anne Ma­cLeod, Don­ald Trump’s mother, was born on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer He­brides. He has of­ten sought to high­light his fam­ily links to the coun­try, and once bat­tled the build­ing of an off­shore wind farm, writ­ing: “She would not be­lieve what you are do­ing to her beloved Scot­land.”

It could be an image lifted straight from the pages of a cat­a­logue, but this was an of­fi­cial pho­to­graph of Me­la­nia Trump vis­it­ing the Giza pyra­mids in Egypt yes­ter­day. Mrs Trump wore white slacks, a cream jacket and a panama hat as she wound up her African trip

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