Boss returns to iconic hotel

Alison Gilmore who has returned to Blackpool's Imperial Hotel as general manager

Alison Gilmore who has returned to Blackpool's Imperial Hotel as general manager

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ALISON Gilmore has not allowed one of Blackpool’s two grand old Victorian ladies to outshine the other.

After spending the last year or so illuminating the Tower with new hi-tech lights after setting up her electrical business, she has now returned to The Imperial Hotel, North Promenade, as its general manager.

Alison, 42, said: “Yes it’s true, even Blackpool Illuminations can’t keep me away from my first love!”

Drawn back into hospitality, she had been contacted by new owners Puma Hotels’ Collection, and charged with continuing to build on the 180 bedroom Imperial’s reputation as a premier hotel that welcomes leisure, business and conference guests. Puma’s chief executive officer Fredrik Korallus said: “I am delighted to welcome Alison back and I am confident her deep knowledge of The Imperial and passion for Blackpool will be invaluable in continuing to position the property as a leading hotel and events venue in the North West.”

Alison, who first headed the Imperial in July 2005 under Paramount and then Spanish company Barcelo, said: “I was very tired, a little bit disillusioned and needed to do something far removed from hotels.

“Now I’m thrilled to have been asked back with the Puma Hotels’ Collection, who share my passion about the town and the property – and that makes the difference. I look forward to engaging with my team and the community to make this a great success.”

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