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Cheval appoints Edinburgh General Manager

Tom Gibson
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Tom Gibson appointed General Manager at Cheval Collection, overseeing its expanding portfolio in Edinburgh and supporting global growth.

Cheval Collection has appointed Tom Gibson as General Manager to oversee its portfolio of properties in Edinburgh. The group is currently expanding around the world, most recently announcing a second property in Dubai, alongside a growing estate in Scotland.

Gibson will be joining the group from Virgin Hotels, where he was General Manager of the group’s Glasgow property. He has extensive experience across the luxury sector, including as GM of The Glasshouse, Edinburgh, part of the Autograph Collection and as director of operations at the Dalmahoy, Marriott Hotel & Country Club.

John Philipson, COO, Cheval Collection, said: “We are privileged to have a leading position in Edinburgh and this is due in no small part to the strength of our team. Adding someone of Tom’s calibre can only serve to strengthen our position and it is a pleasure to welcome him to Cheval Collection.”

Gibson added: “I am looking forward to working with the team at Cheval Collection at these three stunning properties. Edinburgh continues to go from strength to strength as a key destination for both leisure and business travellers and with it the appeal of luxury serviced apartments as a flexible home from home.”

The Collection has three properties in Scotland’s capital: Cheval The Edinburgh Grand on St Andrew Square, Cheval Old Town Chambers on the Royal Mile and Cheval Abbey Strand Apartments at the doorstep of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the royal heart of Edinburgh. The portfolio has a total of 133 luxury apartments in the city.

The group is currently the only brand in Edinburgh to be a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, as well as being the first serviced apartment operator in Europe in the programme.

Cheval Collection is continuing to pursue a strategy of growth through management agreements  and is in discussions with a number of investors and developers in European and the UK. Next year the group is planning to launch Cheval Maison – West Regent, located in Glasgow, which will be the fourth property in Scotland.

The company currently operates nine locations in London, three in Edinburgh and one in Dubai, with a second Dubai site; Cheval Maison – Expo City Dubai, due to open in 2025 and the group’s first property in Saudi Arabia, Cheval Ladun Living, located in Riyadh, due to be completed in 2027.

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