City Hotel invests for 2013 and beyond

Arlene Foster MLA , Minister for Enterprise and Trade pictured with City Hotel Manager Ciaran O'Neill and Marketing Manager Linda Neill and Laim McKeating from Invest NI  when she arrived to see plans for the conversion of the hotel's seventh floor into a new suite of rooms. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 23.8.12
Arlene Foster MLA , Minister for Enterprise and Trade pictured with City Hotel Manager Ciaran O'Neill and Marketing Manager Linda Neill and Laim McKeating from Invest NI when she arrived to see plans for the conversion of the hotel's seventh floor into a new suite of rooms. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 23.8.12
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Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced a £500,000 expansion at Derry’s City Hotel.

The four-star hotel is one of the city’s leading hotels and attracts customers from all over Ireland, Britain and across the world.

In a bid to increase the number of visitors from Europe and the US, the 146-bedroom hotel plans to add 12 luxury suites onto its top floor ahead of the 2013 City of Culture year.

Invest NI has offered the City Hotel £70,000 in funding towards the project, which is due to be completed by December this year. Five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of the re-development.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: “The City Hotel is a highly regarded hotel, which is positioning itself to benefit from the increase in demand for accommodation expected during Londonderry’s high profile year as the UK City of Culture 2013.

“As the expectations of our visitors continue to rise, it is important that we not only meet but exceed such expectations by providing a wide range of quality accommodation and superior customer service.

“By capitalising on the demand, for both business and leisure purposes, we can deliver a top-quality visitor experience which will keep people coming back.”

Ciaran O’Neill, General Manager of the City Hotel, added: “Since our launch, ten years ago, we have established ourselves as a market leader in ,Derry and this project further underpins our position.

“Offering an exclusive accommodation product to customers will enhance the existing hotel proposition and enable us to achieve higher returns.”

Mr O’Neill continued: “We are on the countdown to Derry’s year as the UK City of Culture and Invest NI’s support will help us to progress these expansion plans in time to benefit from the unique opportunity the cityhas next year.”