Belfast Telegraph

Theresa Villiers unveils £1.5m facelift as Ramada Plaza woos international trade

By Margaret Canning

Hotel group Andras House has unveiled a £1.5m refurbishment of its flagship Ramada Plaza.

The south Belfast hotel's banqueting space has been extended and a new suite has been added aimed at the wedding market.

And in a bid to lure in the international market, the hotel has also introduced an art deco theme to its lobby decor.

Opening duties were performed by Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, who said: "It is a great honour to be able to take part in the opening ceremony.

"A huge amount of effort and investment has gone into the project.

"It is crucial to support businesses like this to deliver a strong economy across the country."

Andras House Group, which also includes two Ibis hotels, a Holiday Express Inn and a Days Hotel, had pre-tax profits of £2.6m in the year to April 2014.

Company director Rajesh Rana said the company was "absolutely thrilled by the end result" of the expansion.

And the Secretary of State paid tribute to his father, Lord Rana, whose first enterprise in Northern Ireland after moving here in the mid-1960s was a restaurant. She said he said he had been a "strong supporter" of Northern Ireland "through good times and bad".

The expansion was supported by Danske Bank.

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