New visitor attraction to expand weeks after its opening
A new attraction in Dundonald has created 33 new jobs and atracted 6,000 visitors through its doors since it opened this year.
Clip 'n' Climb – a leisure climbing concept from New Zealand – is based at Dundonald International Ice Bowl and expects to create 10 more posts.
The attraction features over 24 individually themed climbing walls and activities as well as a Starbucks coffee bar.
An initial £500k investment, provided by Danske Bank and private investor Stephen Dickson, is behind the business.
Speaking at its official launch, the Mayor of Castlereagh, Councillor David Drysdale said: "Clip 'n' Climb will bring a welcome economic boost to Castlereagh, not just through the creation of new jobs, but also by attracting large numbers of new tourists and visitors to the borough."
He added: "The council is thrilled to welcome private investment from Clip 'n' Climb to enhance the choice of activities available at the facility and provide a unique experience."
Mr Dickson said: "We were very keen to bring something unique to the leisure sector in Northern Ireland and Clip 'n' Climb very much fits the bill, providing a range of both physical and mental challenges. The attraction is a safe, affordable and fun concept which appeals to all ages.
He added: "I am very confident that we will continue to see high numbers coming through our doors in the coming months and years."
Danske Bank Business Acquisition Manager Jonathan Elder said: "We are delighted to support what is a very unique, innovative concept."
Number of visitors Clip 'n' Climb has attracted