Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

£60m expansion to create 75 jobs

Ten Square - View from Donegall Square South.jpg

A multi-million pound extension to a Belfast city hotel could generate up to 75 new jobs.

Ten Square, situated on Donegall Square South, has revealed plans for a £60million expansion which will increase the hotel from 23 rooms to 108. The project will also include a swimming pool, large conferencing facilities and expanded bars and restaurants.

Speaking about the development, Brenda Owens, a representative of the owner of Ten Square, said: “In my experience, all successful businesses are based on a bedrock of good staff and the owner has been so impressed by the high levels of service and commitment of the employees and managers of this hotel that he wants to invest and develop it further.

“Ten Square is staffed by a dynamic team with a strong work ethic and the owner knows that if he delivers this amazing extension to the hotel these hard working, innovative and committed people will make this project not only work but exceed all expectations.”

General manager of Ten Square, Kevin Smyth, said: “This is a very exciting time for this hotel and we are delighted that, even in a time of economic downturn, we can look to the future in a positive way. We are confident that this expansion will only add to the attractiveness of the city as both a business and tourism destination.

“Belfast is now a thriving European destination and Ten Square is proud of the part it has

played in that confidence and prosperity. The time is right to once again re-invest for the future.”

South Belfast MLA Anna Lo has welcomed the announcement.

“This investment will be a major boost for the local economy. We should be doing all that is possible to attract more people to visit Northern Ireland to spend money in local businesses,” said Ms Lo.

“With the global economic outlook still looking bleak, any job creation is especially welcome. The hotel’s expansion will assist the construction sector during this tough economic time.”

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