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Hostel plans to woo backpackers

Backpackers may soon have another option for staying in Belfast thanks to plans for a new hostel in the south of the city.

MCM Property Services has submitted a planning application to transform a property at 165 Ormeau Road into a 30 bed back-packers’ hostel.

The site had been used as a temporary location for the Crescent Arts Centre until April of this year.

Alliance Party South Belfast MLA Anna Lo welcomed the hostel. “The area is very accessible for tourists. We want increased tourism to boost the economy and at the moment I don’t think there is enough of a range of accommodation to entice people. With so many young people starting gap years, Belfast wants to be one of the destinations they visit.”

SDLP councillor Pat McCarthy said: “I welcome investment into the city and backpacker hostels provide young people with an economic way of visiting Belfast.”

But he added there was already a strong concentration of temporary residents in south Belfast. “I have concerns regarding the location, as south Belfast is over-run with a transient population and is over subscribed with properties of multiple occupancy.”

Belfast Telegraph