Proposals for £4m hotel unveiled
Plans for a new £4 million hotel in Belfast have been unveiled.
The 55-bedroom hotel near the Victoria Square shopping complex will create 100 jobs.
The Beannchor Group, which developed the nearby Merchant Hotel, is behind the city's latest hospitality offering.
It will be located in Lagan House, a former government building in the Victoria/Ann Street area.
Subject to planning approval, the hotel is expected to open in early 2016.
James Sinton, finance director at Beannchor, said: "Hospitality is one of Northern Ireland's most important industries and, looking to the future, it will be one of the main drivers of sustainable economic growth.
"Ongoing investment in the sector is crucial and Beannchor is proud to continue to invest in hospitality, with the development of this new hotel in Belfast city centre.
"This latest investment of around £4 million follows our major investment of more than £20 million in the hospitality industry in recent years, and will be a major economic boost to the city centre and the wider hospitality sector.
"The creation of 100 new full-time and part-time jobs will be good news for Belfast."
Beannchor director Conall Wolsey added: "We're delighted to be bringing a new hotel concept to Belfast and Northern Ireland.
"This will be a hotel that we see as relevant to the modern day life of our customers; a hotel led by design, technology, efficiency, all in a friendly atmosphere, with the service that Beannchor is renowned for within the hospitality industry."