Joanne saddles up for new role at Doncaster Racecourse

A sales professional is swapping three decades of airline experience to take up the reins as Event Sales Manager at Doncaster Racecourse.

Joanne Grainger, aged 48, from Doncaster, joins the team at the racecourse from China Airlines where she worked for twenty years.

Joanne said: “I’m originally from the Doncaster area so it is fantastic to be taking on this role at such an iconic venue in the town. 

“I’m really looking forward to getting out and about representing such a successful local venue and helping to grow new conference and event business for the Racecourse.

“It is a very exciting time to be at the racecourse with the development of the onsite hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, which is due for completion by the summer. This will certainly attract business to the region from large corporations who have previously gone elsewhere due to the lack of onsite accommodation.”

The 154-guestroom hotel marks Hilton's debut in the town and will offer guests extensive panoramic views of the racecourse.

Within the hotel, the Garden Suite is a multi-functional events space with a capacity of up to 500 people that can be used for conferences and events as well as hospitality on a race day. 

Tim Banfield, executive director at Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We are very happy to have Joanne on board at this very important time in the racecourse’s history. The hotel's arrival signifies a step forward for Doncaster's tourism offering, providing much-needed quality accommodation for racegoers, leisure and business travellers alike.

“Joanne has fantastic sales experience and will be putting her skills to great use in attracting conferences and large events to the town, which will be a real boost to the local economy.”

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