by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

Hastings Hotels has announced the appointment of James McGinn as its new Managing Director. Howard Hastings becomes Chairman of the company following the retirement of Edward Carson.


James McGinn, who has been with the group for 25 years, was formerly Operations Director and General Manager of the Europa Hotel.

Following these changes, Andy McNeill, who is currently the General Manager of the Culloden Estate & Spa is returning to the Europa Hotel, where he started his career in hospitality, as the new General Manager.

Niall Burns, who previously worked for Hastings Hotels as the Deputy General Manager of the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, and most recently as the General Manager of Lyrath Estate in County Kilkenny, will replace Andy at the helm of the Culloden.

Howard Hastings said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, Hastings Hotels is confident that it does so with a very strong team. I would like to thank Edward Carson in particular for his lifetime of dedication and commitment to the company and am delighted that he will remain on the Board.

I am also thrilled that we are able to acknowledge and harness the talents of individuals who have come through the ranks to attain a senior status in the company, and while it is “welcome back” to Niall Burns at the Culloden Estate, my fellow directors and I wish him, Andy McNeill at the Europa and James McGinn as Managing Director, our very best wishes as they take on their new roles.”

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James McGinn, Howard Hastings and Edward Carson at the Culloden Estate & Spa

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