Trump’s Scottish resorts posted multi-million pound losses in 2017

President Donald Trump’s Scottish golf clubs lost £4.6m last year, with company accounts blaming “economic downturn” and a lower oil price for poorer revenues.

The Trump Turnberry resort, which was host to protests during the President’s UK visit this year, lost £3.4m in 2017. This is the fourth consecutive year of losses at the club.

Eric Trump, the president’s second son and director of parent company Golf Recreation Scotland, wrote that this was “one of the most robust financial results in a decade” for the resort.

In a statement in the company’s accounts report, he wrote that the directors expected the club to have operating profitability in “the short to medium terms”.

Eric Trump and wife Lara stand on The Robert the Bruce course at Trump TurnberryCredit:
Stuart Nicol

He wrote that recent refurbishments to the resort meant it was “placed to become Scotland’s leading destination for weddings, conferences and events”. The Telegraph’s travel section gave the resort an 8/10 rating, describing the gold taps and chandeliers installed as part of the redecoration as “Las Vegas-on-Sea”.

The other director of the company is Rhona Graff-Riccio, a long-standing assistant to President Trump.

The other resort, Trump International Golf Links Scotland, lost £1.3m in 2017, lower than the £1.4m loss the year before. Revenues fell from £2.6m in 2016 to £2.5m in 2017.

Directors of the company include Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr, who each list their address as Trump Tower in Manhattan. President Trump and daughter Ivanka both resigned directorships the day before the inauguration in 2017.

Explaining the losses at the Aberdeen resort, Eric Trump wrote: “The crash in oil price and economic downturn experienced in the North East of Scotland has, however, resulted in a drop to local spending and consequently revenues have decreased by 3pc.”

Activists from Stand Up to Racism Scotland at the Trump Turnberry ahead of the US president's arrival in the UK in July.Credit:
David Cheskin/PA

He wrote that “Trump International’s reputation and status with tour operators and agents across Europe, America and further afield continues to expand.”

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President Trump’s mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. He has often sought to highlight his family links to the country, and once battled the building of an offshore wind farm writing: “She would not believe what you are doing to her beloved Scotland!"

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