Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

£5m Belfast Premier Inn checks in with 75 new jobs

Keith Freeman, cluster manager for Premier Inn, Belfast, shows
Gerry Lennon, chief executive of the Belfast Visitor and Convention
Bureau, the progress at Premier Inn’s newest Belfast hotel at the
Four Corners in the Cathedral Quarter
Keith Freeman, cluster manager for Premier Inn, Belfast, shows Gerry Lennon, chief executive of the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau, the progress at Premier Inn’s newest Belfast hotel at the Four Corners in the Cathedral Quarter

The UK’s biggest hotel chain is to open a new £5m hotel in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter in October with the creation of 75 jobs.

The Premier Inn is to open its doors in the re-vamped Four Corners site at the junction of Waring Street and Donegall Street.

Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, owners of Premier Inn, Brewers Fayre Restaurants and Costa Coffee, announced today that the new hotel will start welcoming guests in October, a year after its first Belfast hotel opened at Alfred Street.

The 171 bedroom hotel will create around 75 full and part-time jobs. It will be led by Keith Freeman, who was general manager for the Alfred Street hotel and is now overall manager for the chain’s two Belfast hotels.

"Premier Inn has invested heavily in Northern Ireland with plans to open a further 10 hotels here over the next five years. Our arrival in Belfast has been extremely successful and we have reported occupancy rates of over 90% every month since we first opened, so we have every confidence that this new site will continue this success and cater for the growing business and tourist market in the city centre."

The hotel will also have a 200-seater restaurant and bar. The renovated building will retain its original brickwork façade and window size in keeping with the Cathedral Quarter area.

Gerry Lennon, chief executive of the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau, welcomed the development.

"After celebrating the launch of the Belfast brand, I am delighted to welcome another excellent hotel to Belfast city centre which will cater for the growing number of visitors coming to Belfast each year,” he said.

"Belfast now welcomes almost seven million visitors, including 1.4 million overnight stays, so a hotel of this quality which can cater for business and leisure guests is an important addition to the city."

Whitbread is a family of hospitality companies which employs 45,000 people and has more than eight million customers a month.

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