Posted on Wednesday 24 September 2014 by Ulster Business

Hotel operators urged to check in to new belfast hotel

An architect’s drawing of how the new City Quays development will look

Hotel operators are being urged to act quickly to be in with a chance to run a new “upscale” hotel on Belfast’s waterfront.

The call from Belfast Harbour Commission follows the granting of planning permission in July for the construction of a 150 to 200 bedroom hotel as part of the £250m City Quays development, one which is attempting to integrate part of the harbour’s north shore with Belfast city centre from Clarendon Dock to Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.

The commission is funding the development.

“City Quays 1, a Grade ‘A’ office development, is already under construction and planning for an adjacent office project, City Quays 2, has been submitted,” Graeme Johnston, Belfast Harbour’s Property Director, said.  “To complement these developments, along with plans for residential and local retail space, we aim to build a new waterfront hotel.

“To achieve a best-in-class product we are seeking expressions of interest to secure the expertise of an experienced hotel operator.”

Companies wishing to express their interest in operating the hotel should contact Belfast Harbour and return the relevant information by October 3rd.  While an operator is required to manage the hotel on a day-to-day basis, it will be developed and owned by Belfast Harbour.

Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy, said the development will help boost the waterfront area.

“The addition of this hotel further demonstrates Belfast Harbour Commissioners’ commitment to the continued revitalisation of this area of the city - not only will it provide a welcome boost to the local, and indeed regional, economy in terms of creating employment,  it will also help satisfy Belfast’s fast growing demand for top class hotel and conference facilities.”

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