The Gleneagles Hotel has announced that it is backing the bid for Perth to become UK City of Culture 2021.

The luxury five-star hotel, which is home to three championship golf courses, is located in Auchterarder and has a unique historical link to the area.

Bernard Murphy, Managing Director of Gleneagles Hotel, said: “Perth has been bringing forward a number of ambitious measures to place culture at the heart of the economy. When Gleneagles first opened in 1924, it was described as “a Riviera in the Highlands”, and the City of Culture bid echoes our efforts to position ourselves as a destination for culture and pursuits, as well as lifestyle.

“Gleneagles commends the recent investments made in cultural sites, including Perth City Hall and the recently announced multi-million pound plan to redevelop Perth Art Gallery and Museum, one of the region’s most culturally significant spaces.

“Perth has a rich culture and heritage and we believe it has much to offer the 4.6 million potential visitors to the area. With a successful bid for City of Culture, visitors will be able to look forward to a wide-ranging cultural programme of events throughout Perthshire.

“The Gleneagles Hotel has helped demonstrate that Perthshire has the capacity to host international events, including the G8 Summit in 2005 and the Ryder Cup in 2014, which attracted over 250,000 people to Gleneagles and Auchterarder.

“The Gleneagles Hotel is looking forward to hosting the 2018 European Championships and the 2019 Solheim Cup and we are delighted to be backing Perth’s 2021 bid for City of Culture. We believe Perth has much to offer and we are excited to see how the bid progresses.”

Councillor Ian Miller, Chair of the Perth 2021 Programme Board, said: “The Gleneagles Hotel is one of the most iconic and globally recognised names in the world and we are thrilled to have their support in Perth’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Gleneagles and Perth & Kinross Council are well placed to understand the importance of attracting big titles to the region. We have a great track record of collaborating to stage large-scale events, including international competitions such as the Ryder Cup in 2014, which brought an estimated £22m to the local economy.

The rich cultural programme of events throughout, and leading up to 2021, joined with the national attention that comes with the City of Culture title has the potential to change the face of Perth and Kinross and grow our local creative sectors for the long term.

We are pleased to have Gleneagles behind our bid for City of Culture 2021 and I look forward to any opportunities to discuss how we can co-operate on the bid.”