City Hotel set for expansion

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, pictured on the roof of the City Hotel, overlooking the Peace Bridge, at the announcement of the �500,000 expansion to the four star hotel Included are directors Gregory McCartney, Patrick Durkan and Billy McCartney.  Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, pictured on the roof of the City Hotel, overlooking the Peace Bridge, at the announcement of the �500,000 expansion to the four star hotel Included are directors Gregory McCartney, Patrick Durkan and Billy McCartney. Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Derry’s City Hotel has announced £500,000 expansion plans ahead of the 2013 year as culture capital.

The four star hotel will add 12 luxury suites to its already existing 146 bedrooms.

Invest NI has offered the City Hotel £70,000 of support towards the project which is due to be completed by December 2012. Five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of the redevelopment.

“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,” Tourism minister Arlene Foster says.

“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, 10 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. 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 next year’s unique opportunity.”