Hastings Hotels announces £2m investment in staff training to boost 'world class' tourist offering

Niall Casey, director of skills and competitiveness, Invest NI is pictured with Howard Hastings, managing director of Hastings Hotels
Gareth McKeown

THE group behind Northern Ireland's largest hotel has announced it is investing £2 million to staff training.

Hastings Hotels, which owns and operates seven venues across the north, including the new £53m Grand Central Hotel in Belfast, hopes the major investment will enhance its existing "world-class" hospitality offering.

Managing director, Howard Hastings said the investment will allow the group to take remain at the forefront of the industry.

“People are our greatest asset so naturally the ongoing training and development of our staff is of the utmost importance," he said.

"This is a very exciting time for the hotel industry and we want to ensure Hastings Hotels has the infrastructure and services in place to take advantage of future opportunities.

“Tailored development programmes will be implemented across all levels of the business over the next four years, including our executive management, supervisors and our rooms and catering teams. We want to ensure that our people have the opportunity to pursue a career in the hotel industry and avail of the prospects it can open up for them."

Invest NI is providing £400,000 towards the investment and director of skills and competitiveness, Niall Casey believes it will increase capacity and performance at the family business.

“Hastings Hotels is a leading provider of Northern Ireland hospitality and we are pleased to be supporting this family business invest in the development of its 1,000 strong workforce," he added.

In addition to the 300-bedroom Grand Central Hotel, the group also owns the five-star Culloden Estate and Spa, the world famous Europa hotel, the four-star Stormont hotel, Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle, the four star Everglades Hotel in Derry and Ballygally Castle on the north coast.

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