Golf News for Friday, August 30, 2013 | People

P.Y. Gerbeau appointed to chair La Manga Club Resort in Spain

Respected businessman PY Gerbeau has been appointed as non-executive chairman to the five-star La Manga Club resort in Spain.

Known for his entrepreneurial restructuring of many large corporations and successful involvement with high profile projects such as Disneyland Paris and The Millennium Dome, Gerbeau joins with immediate effect and will work with the La Manga Club management team to oversee future strategy and implementation of their vision.

Gerbeau and his team at Xscape created and developed the X-Leisure company, which became the most profitable entertainment firm in Britain. Thanks to its enormous success, the company group Xscape was acquired by the largest real estate company in the UK, Land Securities, earlier this year.

The La Manga Club board of directors said: "We are delighted that PY Gerbeau has accepted this role. His experience within the leisure sector and his engaging profile will be invaluable and will assist us in positioning La Manga Club as one of the top European sports and destination resorts."

Gerbeau said: "I have a property in La Manga Club and I love the place, so it is an honour to have been invited to chair this legendary resort, and to help frame the vision and strategy to return it to its rightful place among Europe's elite leisure resorts."

Having celebrated its 40th birthday last year, La Manga Club stands as a bastion of European golf, sports and lifestyle resorts and the five-star venue is widely recognised as Spain's flagship venue.

Among its recent accolades, La Manga Club was named the best conference hotel in Spain at The Annual MICE Report Awards 2012 and has been voted the unanimous winner of the 'Best Golf Resort in Spain' by readers of the UK's Today's Golfer magazine for the last two years, while it is also the overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association until 2016.

La Manga Club boasts unrivalled facilities as a sports and leisure destination including three 18-hole championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses, more than 20 bars and restaurants and is great fun for children.

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La Manga Club - - is an unrivalled sports and leisure paradise which sits between the low hills that separate the Mediterranean from the Mar Menor Sea, just 20 minutes from Murcia airport and an hour from Alicante.

Set out over an area of some 560 hectares (approx. 1,400 acres), it enjoys a mild year-round Mediterranean climate and offers visitors a prestigious five-star hotel, luxury vacation apartments and extensive sports facilities, including three championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and eight grass sports pitches. The resort is also home to innumerable leisure facilities, such as the 2,000m2 Spa La Manga Club with its 13 luxurious treatment rooms, comprehensive fitness centre and 25m indoor swimming pool; meeting, banqueting and incentive facilities, and more than 20 restaurants and bars.

As well as hosting both Davis and Fed Cup tennis matches, La Manga Club has signed a long-term deal to be the overseas training resort of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) until 2016. It has also staged the Spanish Open golf championship and regularly attracts professional and international football teams to the first-class year-round training facilities which are also used by rugby and cricket sides.

As a result of more than 40 years of continued investment, innovation and commitment to excellence, La Manga Club is widely recognised as Spain's flagship resort and as one of the finest sports and lifestyle destinations in the world. Evidence of this is provided by its numerous awards and accolades.

La Manga Club was the proud recipient of a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website, for the facilities and service on offer at its five-star Hotel Principe Felipe. The resort has long been a staunch supporter of women's golf, being the official overseas resort partner of the English Women's Golf Association for three years as well as hosting the Ladies European Tour (LET) Qualifying School from 2009-12. La Manga Club is also the venue for the Ladies Murcia Open, an LET Access Series event, and regularly hosts top women's amateur events and teams.