The Titanic Quarter’s first hotel is set to open in November with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
The new Premier Inn, which will be the chain’s third in Belfast, recently held a three-day recruitment fair interviewing 200 candidates. The company has said it is focussing on providing opportunities for deaf candidates, those hard of hearing, and the long term unemployed.
Employment Minister Sir Reg Empey said the recruitment drive was an important opportunity at a time when the local economy was under significant pressure.
“My Department’s Bridge to Employment Programme will assist the long term unemployed to gain the necessary skills to secure employment with Premier Inn,” he said. A spokeswoman for Premier Inn said 12 people had been accepted on the DEL scheme for a placement at the hotel.
The hotel will include 120 bedrooms and feature an on-site restaurant.
The good news comes a month after a report showed that Belfast hoteliers have seen a 12% decline in room prices., the sharpest decline of any region in the UK.
Last year an application was made for a 90-room boutique hotel in the Titanic Quarter, including an extension to the former Harland & Wolff HQ. But there have been no further announcements about the application.