By 2018,it is expected that there will be over 1,000 more hotel rooms built in Belfast which will help attract more visitors to the city as supply is currently running low.
The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation is predicting that an additional 1,074 hotel rooms are due to be built over the next three years. Visitors to Belfast can also expect to see a boom in premium accommodation, as the four and five-star room offering increases by approximately 25%.
Belfast’s tourism economy has continued to grow in the last two years, with visitors coming from all over the world to explore the city with the increase of film and TV productions such as Game of Thrones being filmed here being one of the big attractions. This has caused new and existing hoteliers actively seeking to enter and expand within the Belfast market.
Belfast has become one of the most visited cities in the UK, and the second most visited on the island of Ireland. There is plenty for tourists to explore, including the fascinating Titanic Quarter, Ulster Museum, Belfast City Hall and shopping at the fabulous Victoria Square shopping centre. Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink 2016 also showcases the wide range of restaurants in the city now offering some of the region’s freshest food including OX which has been voted by prestigious magazine Condé Nast Traveller as one of the hottest restaurants in the world right now.
The total number of hotel rooms in the city will increase to 4,885 by 2018, representing an increase of 29%. Belfast City Council is keen to support hotel development and has also expressed a need for an additional 1,800 hotel rooms to fulfill tourism demand.
Vanessa Markey, Head of Great Britain for Tourism Ireland, welcomed the figures, saying, “We are lucky to have some amazing hotels and visitor attractions on our doorstep in Belfast, making it an incredibly vibrant place for tourists to visit.”
There are a number of new hotels already in the pipeline include Titanic Hotel at the former Harland and Wolff drawing offices, City Quays, Grand Central, Bedford Street and Blackstaff Square Hotel.