Leading hotel company Marriott International has confirmed that it will press ahead with plans for a new 188 room hotel at City Quays in Belfast.
The development when completed in 2018 is expected to create 115 hospitality jobs and will become Marriott's first hotel in Northern Ireland, reports irishnews.com.
Marriott will operate the new four-star hotel under its AC Hotel brand, which will include 188 rooms, a restaurant, a bar/lounge, fitness facilities and meeting rooms. Gilbert Ash will lead the construction of the new hotel.
Belfast Harbour property director Graeme Johnston said: "Marriott has a very strong presence in the business market which will complement the wider office developments planned for City Quays – the first office is already fully let to four US firms employing 800 people."
"The hotel will also be well placed to tap into Belfast’s growing reputation as a conference destination with the newly refurbished Waterfront Hall just a short riverside walk away.
“With views of Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic the hotel will also appeal to inbound tourists and – given Marriott’s reputation for quality – we’re confident that it will appeal strongly to local people looking for a new leisure experience."
Marriott's two hotels in the Republic of Ireland are the Shelbourne in Dublin and Powerscourt in Wicklow.