Controversial presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will visit the UK on June 24 for the opening of his hotel and golf course in Scotland, a day after the country votes in a referendum whether to stay or leave the 28-member European Union (EU).
The 69-year-old American billionaire said today that he will make the visit to attend the official re-opening of a hotel and golf course he bought in Scotland in 2014.
The visit comes the day after the UK’s referendum on European Union (EU) membership on June 23.
“Very exciting that one of the great resorts of the world, Turnberry, will be opening today after a massive 200 million-pound investment. I own it and I am very proud of it. I look forward to attending the official opening of this great development on 24 June,” Trump said.
The main Turnberry hotel building in South Ayrshire, which has been under construction since September last year, has been updated with the re-modelling of all 103 guest rooms, bars and restaurants.
The Turnberry Lighthouse has been fully restored and converted into a 3,500 pounds per night, two-bedroom presidential suite.
Ralph Porciani, Trump Turnberry manager, said: “We have always known that the newly-renovated Trump Turnberry would be among the finest hotels anywhere in the world. The Trump Organisation has spared no expense – it is a genuine masterpiece.
“Guests can expect an opulent and very private experience at Trump Turnberry, which is hidden away in a richly historic landscape with breathtaking views.
No request will be too great and no detail too small.”
Trump, who is the likely Republican candidate in US presidential election in November after seeing off a host of rivals in the primaries, has had a controversial campaign trail exchange with UK leaders.
British Prime Minister David Cameron had branded his remarks on the campaign trail to ban all Muslims entering the US as “divisive and wrong” and London mayor Sadiq Khan had also rebuffed Trump’s offer to make an exception for him to be able to travel to the US.
He had reacted with an invitation of his own for Donald Trump to come to London and “meet Londoners who are British, they’re Londoners, they’re Muslim”.
Donald Trump’s arrival in Scotland later this month is likely to be contentious given this backdrop.
Turnberry is his second Scottish course, following on from his Aberdeenshire resort at Menie, which opened in July 2012.