Macdonald Hotels and Resorts regional MD steps across to The Principle York

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A grade-II listed hotel has recruited a new general manager, who joins the company from Macdonald Hotels and Resorts.

155-bed hotel, The Principal York, has announced the appointment of Tracy Harrison as its new general manager.

Harrison, who steps across to The Principle York from Macdonald where she was regional managing director, previously worked for five years at the

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Malmaison & Hotel du Vin Group, where she held the positions of housekeeping manager, and deputy general manager at Malmaison Birmingham and subsequently general manager at Malmaison Reading, receiving ‘General Manager of the Year’ award in 2010.

Harrison has also held management roles at a number of hotel groups, including Village Urban Resorts and Marriott Hotels & Resorts.

Harrison’s appointment marks a return to her childhood home of York where she grew up and, at the age of 15, first cut her teeth in hospitality with a weekend job at Swallows Hotel. In a career-defining role, Harrison was made housekeeping deputy manager at the age of 17, leading a team of 20 staff.

Harrison said: “It’s an exciting time to join The Principal York, the team has just won a series of accolades, including ‘Best Hotel Interiors in the UK’ for, ‘Hotel of the Year’ at the Visit York Tourism Awards 2017, and a TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’.”

David Taylor, COO of The Principal, added “I’m delighted that Tracy has joined our senior team and am sure that her strong work ethic and experience, combined with her passion and knowledge of the city of York, will be a huge asset to the business.”

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