AT the age of 67 businesswoman Stephanie Booth says she is enjoying a new lease life of Olympic proportions.
The former hotelier says she is delighted to be involved with helping to organise the 2014 Winter Olympics.
In 2011 the Leader reported the hotel empire Mrs Booth had built up over many years collapsed, with Llangollen Hotels Ltd and its parent company Global Investment Group entering administration.
But now Mrs Booth says she is back and thriving in the world of commerce with challenges that include the Winter Olympics.
Mrs Booth told the Leader she is an accredited aide for the sporting spectacular which will be held next year in the Russian city of Sochi.
Mrs Booth says her duties as a consultant concentrate on marketing and sponsorship activities.
“I am part of a team and certainly not claiming to be like Lord Coe in organising the London 2012 Olympics,” said Mrs Booth.
“My work is involved in maximising revenue opportunities.”
Mrs Booth said she became involved with the Winter Olympics through contacts she has in Russia.
“So far I have been out there three times for varying lengths. The hours can sometimes be ridiculous, including working at 2am,” said Mrs Booth
“It is tough work but I love a challenge.”
Apart from her Olympic interests, Mrs Booth says she is running businesses – involved with mail order and the internet – which are trading strongly.
Mrs Booth has also now fully cut her ties with the hotel industry. Since the collapse in 2011, properties she used to run have taken on new ownership.
l Ye Olde Anchor Inn in Ruthin will enjoy a new lease of life as pupil accommodation after being sold for an asking price of £299,000 by real estate advisors Colliers International.
The sale marks the final exit from the hotel trade for Mrs Booth, a trustee of the pension fund that owns Mapleleaf Holdings.
The inn, which dates back to 1742 and traded as a town centre hotel, has been acquired by Ruthin School from Mapleleaf Holdings which closed the premises last year.
Mrs Booth said: “I’m pleased Ye Olde Anchor has found such a worthy new lease of life.”
Ruthin School is situated close to the hotel and it plans to redevelop the site with new accommodation for its boarding pupils.
Neil Thomson, associate director in the specialist hotels agency team at the North West office of Colliers International in Manchester, secured the sale on behalf of Mapleleaf Holdings.
He said: “The hotel was placed on the market after the previous owners took the decision to close the hotel in late 2012.
“Strong levels of interest were generated from a wide range of buyers including existing hotel operators and developers, offering a glimmer of hope to business and property owners that the market may be starting to see evidence of a recovery.”