One of Belfast’s newest hotels has reported higher than expected occupancy levels despite the economic downturn.
The Park Inn Hotel opened on the site of the old Belfast Superbowl off Bedford Street in December.
At the official opening of the £26m, 145-bedroom hotel, general manager Gerard Kelly revealed they had been booked out every weekend since February.
To date the hotel, employing 60 staff, has sold approximately 6,000 room nights, with corporate business generating high midweek occupancy and sales figures higher than forecast for the period, he said.
Mr Kelly revealed: “We have enjoyed a very successful introduction into the marketplace, against the backdrop of a challenging economic climate, and I am confident about the future growth potential of the Park Inn within Northern Ireland.”
He said the hospitality sector was an extremely competitive market in which hoteliers had to constantly strive to deliver levels of service beyond the competition.
“During the current economic climate you also have to provide value for money without compromising on service and at the Park Inn we have the necessary skill and experience to deliver on these principles,” he said.
Lord Mayor Tom Hartley said: “This is further evidence that 2009 is truly a significant year for Belfast.
“This is an exciting time for our city and the Park Inn is an exciting addition to our portfolio of world-class hotels delivering our famous hospitality to visitors from far and near.”
He said over the course of the year more than £500m of new developments and major refurbishment schemes would come to fruition.