In what is described as the hospitality industry’s Oscars, Stephen Carter, chairman of De Vere’s luxurious Cameron House on Loch Lomond, has been named Hotelier of the Year.
One of the country’s best loved industry figures, Stephen is a 40-year veteran of hospitality and was presented with his award by Mark Lewis, editor of industry bible Caterer and Hotelkeeper.
A panel of former winners selected Stephen for his outstanding contribution to the hospitality industry and his dedication to encouraging and developing young people both at Cameron House and across the wider industry.
De Vere is the country’s biggest independent hotel business with 65 properties across three main divisions: De Vere Hotels, De Vere Village and De Vere Venues.
Stephen has been at De Vere Cameron House since 2008 and oversaw an £80m refurbishment to create one of the UK’s landmark five-star resorts.
The baronial mansion boasts 128 bedrooms, 115 time-share lodges, the Carrick spa with 17 treatment rooms and a PGA championship course. Annual turnover of the resort has risen from £12m in 2008 to £25m today.
Stephen Carter said: “Hospitality is a unique industry where you have to be driven by a passion to make people smile every day of the year. I’m extremely lucky to have always been surrounded by such great teams and the best advice I’ve been given over the years has always been to trust people, but retain the right to verify their work.
“Despite the economic gloom, I think we’re in a really positive place right now. People really see the value in taking short breaks and British firms like De Vere are really able to harness all that’s great about British breaks and the fine hospitality we have to offer guests.”
Earlier in his career, Stephen oversaw the development and opening of the five-star St Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa, and held positions as operations director at Cliveden and general manager of Edinburgh’s Caledonian Hotel,
He is a board member of Visit Scotland and founding director of ILS in Glasgow.