Fresh ideas for Hotel Rendezvous

The company now running Skipton’s largest hotel, Hotel Rendezvous, has appointed a new manager in a significant step towards achieving a four-star a rating. The 96-bedroom hotel is undergoing major changes following the retirement of popular Skipton business couple Malcolm and Karen Weaving. It has been taken over by global management company First & Foremost, which has now appointed Kim Jackson as Resident Manager. Kim brings a wealth of experience having worked in hospitality and event management across the world, including spells in South Africa, France and London.

New Manager Kim Jackson outside Hotel Rendezvous, Skipton Credit: Stephen Garnett PhotographyKim said, "I've worked around the world, and extensively in the UK and London. I chose to take up this role on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales because of how friendly the people are, how great Yorkshire food is and the scenery in this area."

Kim believes her experience will stand her in good stead for the role at the Rendezvous, which is currently undergoing an extensive programme of refurbishment of public areas and bedrooms.

Her remit is also to improve the restaurant to appeal to the local dining clientele and offer themed dining events on the purpose-built narrowboat The Graceful Swan.She added, "I think the main thing I can bring to the Rendezvous are some fresh ideas for the quiet months, introducing concepts that have proven successful elsewhere in my career. We're keen to attract locals to our restaurant, Skipton Bar and Grill, as well as becoming the place to go for celebrations such as birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.""With First & Foremost at the helm, coupled with my experience, I think we can bring a new energy to the hotel, inspiring local people and partnering with other businesses as we develop the Rendezvous into a more luxurious leisure destination."

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