Garrett Turta is moving to a new job more than 2,800 miles away but will still be working in St Andrews.
Turta is the new general manager of Fairmont St Andrews, at the home of golf in Scotland, and moves to his role from Fairmont Alqonquin in St Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick Canada, where he has been general manager since 2008.
The 39-year-old brings 14 years of hospitality experience with him to Fairmont St Andrews. He began his career as night manager at Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver in 1996 before moving to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver as guest services manager and has since worked at a number of Fairmont properties in his native Canada.
Turta, who will begin his new role on December 6, said: “This is my first move outside of Canada but I’m hoping that going from St Andrews to St Andrews will make the transition slightly easier!
“Fairmont St Andrews is an outstanding resort with a unique position at the Home of Golf. I’m looking forward to building on an already excellent reputation, continuing the great heritage, pride and passion that Scotland is known for and firmly establishing the resort as one of Europe’s finest five-star destinations.”
The five-star Fairmont St Andrews resort boasts two championship golf courses, the Torrance and Kittocks, and has played host to a number of prestigious events, including both the Open Championship’s final local qualifying and the Scottish Senior Open.
In addition to golf tournaments, Fairmont St Andrews has also hosted some of the world’s most important politicians and powerbrokers as a venue for both Northern Ireland peace talks and a G20 Summit.
A recent £17m redevelopment has benefited the entire resort, including the sumptuous spa complex which offers a range of treatments including locally-themed massages, facial and relaxation therapies and exclusive Kerstin Florian treatments in 12 chic treatment rooms.
Fairmont St Andrews www.fairmont.com/standrews.