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Hilton Belfast completes £10m refurbishment project

Unveiling Hilton Belfast's £10 million expansion are (from left) Belfast Chamber chief executive Simon Hamilton, hotel general manager Mark Walker and Visit Belfast chief executive Gerry Lennon. Photo: Darren Kidd/PressEye

HILTON Belfast has completed a £10 million transformation project which includes a full refurbishment of the hotel's facilities and expanding its capacity to 202 bedrooms and suites.

The upgrade spans virtually every aspect of the hotel, including reception area, rooms and restaurant/bar areas, and management says it demonstrates not only its commitment to constantly innovating and improving the visitor experience, but also its confidence in Belfast as an increasingly popular destination for city breaks and conferences.

Mark Walker, general manager of Hilton Belfast, which opened in September 1998, said: “With state-of-the-art facilities and high-end finishes, the refurbishment reflects the high standards consumers expect from the Hilton brand.

“It will also maintain our competitive edge as we continue to welcome visitors from all over the world to Belfast.”

Gerry Lennon, chief executive of Visit Belfast, said: “Belfast's tourism industry, and in particular our hoteliers, have been central to the city's renaissance and regeneration of recent years so we welcome this latest investment in our world-class hotel portfolio.

“When the Hilton Belfast opened it was one of the first international brands to invest in Belfast,and it acted as a catalyst for wider tourism investment.

“Since then, 24 new hotels and numerous refurbishments have amounted to multi-millions of pounds of private sector investment. Belfast's hotels now provide close to 5,000 rooms, and last year nearly 1.4 million bed nights were sold, generating more than £108m in room revenue for the city.”

Simon Hamilton, chief executive of Belfast Chamber, added: “Despite the uncertainty of recent years, the business community in Belfast has remained resilient and committed to investing in and growing the city's economy, so I congratulate Hilton for demonstrating that commitment by delivering first-class facilities for the thousands of visitors that stay there each year.”

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