Galgorm extension to create 60 jobs
The green light for a £10 million extension to a Co Antrim spa hotel is set to create 60 new jobs.
Galgorm Resort and Spa said the part-time and full-time roles would be required once the latest building work at its property in Ballymena is completed in 2015.
The extension will incorporate an additional 48 bedrooms and a new leisure wing with swimming pool and gym.
The hotel signalled its intent to begin construction after Stormont Environment Minister Mark H Durkan confirmed that planning approval had been granted.
Paul Smyth, operations director at Galgorm Resort and Spa, said: "We're delighted that the Department of Environment's planning department and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan have given us the formal go-ahead to proceed with our plans to provide additional new bedrooms and leisure facilities, which will ensure that we will continue to meet the demands of our quality-focused local and international customer base.
"These plans have been carefully based on our commitment to not only grow the business further but also on our commitment to deliver a top quality offering that continually exceeds the expectations of our guests.
"When combined with the significant investment made to date, we are confident that the extra facilities will underpin future growth and ensure our guests return time and time again."
Mr Durkan said the investment was "good news" for Ballymena and the surrounding area.
"The new addition to this award-winning resort will benefit tourism in mid-Antrim, providing high-quality accommodation in an area that is the gateway to the Glens of Antrim and the scenic north coast," he said.