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Galgorm Resort and Spa unveils £11m expansion creating 80 new jobs

Published 29/09/2015

Chair of Tourism NI Terence Branigan, left, with Galgorm managing director Paul Smyth at the unveiling of the new development. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Chair of Tourism NI Terence Branigan, left, with Galgorm managing director Paul Smyth at the unveiling of the new development. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

The Galgorm Resort and Spa has officially unveiled its £11million expansion.

The new development created 80 new jobs and saw the introduction of a unique 'Thermal Spa Village' plus an additional 48 deluxe guestrooms and suites.

The hotel now has 122 rooms.

Over the past 10 years, over £35m has been invested in the resort.

The development was officially opened today by Terence Brannigan, chair of Tourism NI.

Galgorm Managing Director Paul Smyth said the investment reinforced Galgorm Resort and Spa's commitment to providing an unrivalled customer experience and to enhancing the tourism infrastructure in Northern Ireland.

He added: "This project was undertaken to create a world-class addition to the already outstanding guest facilities here.

"This latest chapter in the Galgorm story is a testament to the drive and vision of the team not just at Galgorm Resort and Spa, but also to Martin and Hamilton and the 100-strong construction team, and  our architects Douglas Wallace who all worked together bring the development to life.

"We are grateful to the support of Invest NI who worked with us in making our vision a reality, the continued support of First Trust Bank and also to Tourism NI for their ongoing work in showcasing the excellence of our tourism offering across Ireland, Great Britain and beyond.”

This stunning new facility includes 75,000 square feet of luxurious thermal spa experiences, which the hotel claims is the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland.

Located on the banks of the River Maine, guests can enjoy hot tubs, indoor and outdoor heated pools, steam rooms and saunas in a tranquil setting.

The Ballymena-based resort first opened in 1998 and Terence Brannigan, chair of Tourism NI, said the expansion will enhance Northern Ireland's reputation as a "must-visit destination".

He added: "The vision, passion and commitment shown by the team at Galgorm Resort and Spa is reinforcing the message that Northern Ireland is competing on a global scale, and we look forward to welcoming the many thousands of visitors it will no doubt attract.”

Tullymore House Group, which owns and operates Galgorm Resort and Spa, is also developing the Bedford Hotel in a £12.5 million project at the iconic Scottish Mutual Building in Belfast, and last year the Group opened  Fratelli Restaurant in Great Victoria Street.

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