|The Miami HeraldMcClatchy-Tribune
Aug. 28, 2011--Turnberry Isle Hotel & Resort in Aventura is once again being managed by its namesake company, according to a statement released to The Miami Herald on Sunday.
Turnberry Associates, which created Turnberry Isle in the 1970s and reacquired the property in 2006, recently completed a $150 million renovation. The resort had been operated by the Fairmont chain until Sunday.
"We've had a long relationship with Fairmont Hotels and thank the company for its efforts," C. Scott Rohm, president of Turnberry Hotel Group, said in a statement. "However, it is time for change at Turnberry Isle Hotel & Resort. Turnberry Hotel Group is re-emphasizing the glamour, personalized service and experiences that reflect the iconic resort's unique history and character."
Douglas Husted has been appointed as Turnberry Isle's Managing Director, the statement said. Hustad was vice president/general manager at The Inn on Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., and previously served in management positions at several Ritz-Carlton properties.
The statement said nearly all Turnberry Isle staff members have been invited to remain. The management change should not affect existing reservations or upcoming events.
Founded more than five decades ago by Donald Soffer, Turnberry Associates' signature properties include Aventura Mall, Fontainebleau Miami Beach and Porto Vita in South Florida, Turnberry Place and The Residences at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Union Station hotel in Nashville, Tenn., and Destin Commons in Florida's Emerald Coast.
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