Belfast Telegraph

Luxury Titanic Hotel 'will boost Belfast’s economy'

By Mark Edwards

The newly opened Titanic Hotel in Belfast will provide a “significant boost” to the city’s economy, according to Ulster Bank.

The bank provided development funding for the 119-bedroom luxury hotel which opened for business on September 10.

The venue, based in the heart of the city’s Titanic Quarter, is the result of a major restoration project involving the former Harland and Wolff headquarters building and drawing offices.

Gordon Davidson, relationship director, Ulster Bank, said: “Such is the heritage and history of the project that we expect the hotel to draw visitors from around the world, providing a significant boost to the city and the economy.

“We have worked closely with the team and have been hugely impressed by their vision and passion for the project.

“It is one that we are very pleased to support.”

The hotel has been developed by Harcourt Developments which has regenerated the former Harland and Wolff headquarters building, thanks in part to a £5m grant towards the refurbishment, secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) by Titanic Foundation Ltd.

More than 230 people were employed by Harcourt during the construction, and the hotel itself is creating over 75 permanent jobs.

Adrian McNally, general manager, Titanic Hotel, said bookings have been particularly healthy.

“The hotel has achieved very high occupancy levels in its first week and the reservations book is filling up quickly,” he explained.

The hotel boasts views of Titanic Quarter, with the Harland and Wolff cranes to the east and Titanic Belfast and the slipways to the west.

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