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'I will fight to do what I think is right until I'm a complete pain' - Hastings Hotels' Julie Hastings

Hastings Hotels Marketing Director Julie Hastings (60) tells Editor-at-Large Gail Walker how her son couldn't wait any longer to get married during the pandemic, about her late father's words of wisdom and a very famous friend

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Insight: Julie Hastings grew up knowing about hotels

Insight: Julie Hastings grew up knowing about hotels

Insight: Julie Hastings grew up knowing about hotels

Q. The pandemic is proving hugely challenging for the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland. How has it impacted the Hastings hotel group?

A. It has been tough for everyone. It's a very strange feeling to see nobody in the hotels. We've been allowed to take key workers in the Grand Central and elite sports are allowed to continue so we've had a few footballers coming into the Stormont and Culloden. The film industry is also doing well here so we have had some actors and crew in. But people have been cancelling weddings for the third or fourth time and they still don't have clear guidance as to how many guests they can have. I really feel for those people because a wedding is such an exciting occasion.

Q. Of course you've had personal insight into how upsetting that can be…


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