The chairman of Hastings Hotels, who own and operate the Everglades, has praised staff who he said ‘acted professionally and quickly to avert a major atrocity’.
Sir William Hastings issued a statement following last night’s bomb attack at the hotel saying: ““It is extremely sad that the professional staff and management of the Everglades Hotel have had to deal with such a traumatic experience.
“I would like to praise the General Manager, Neil Devlin, recently named Hotel Manager of the Year for Northern Ireland, and his excellent team for acting so quickly and professionally to avert a major atrocity.”
Sir Hastings said the attack will have caused “real damage to the prosperity of the city from both a commercial and tourism point of view”.
“The main loser here is the city of Derry, a city which does not deserve this after the excellent work in attracting more and more visitors in recent years.
“This despicable action has the potential to damage the tourism industry in Derry but with my experience of the people in the city and their resolve I am confident this will not deflect them from their efforts to help continue to take the city forward.”
Sir Hastings said the hotel will be be reopened and back in business again as quickly as possible.