Budget hotel chain Express by Holiday Inn will open its second hotel in the Belfast region next week. The Antrim property is located ten minutes from Belfast International Airport and 20 miles from the city centre. The hotel adds to the Intercontinental Hotel group's presence in the city, with an Express property already located in the Belfast's university quarter, and a Holiday Inn situated in the city centre.
The 90-room property has five air-conditioned meeting rooms, each with wireless internet and space for 40 people. Guestrooms are available in twin, double and interconnecting sizes, with five fully accessible rooms. Facilities include broadband internet access, cable TV and pay-movies, direct-dial telephones, wardrobe and desktop workspace. Rates start at £59 per night and include full buffet breakfast.
The Belfast region has seen an increase in both business and leisure visitors in the last few years, with a 5 per cent rise in business visitors in 2006 and a 12 per cent rise in leisure visitors in 2005. According to the Northern Ireland Tourist board, hotel rooms sold have increased by 26 percent across the region since 1998's Good Friday agreement.
Express by Holiday Inn is the budget chain of the InterContinental Hotel Group, with other brands including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn. For a look at Belfast's recent regeneration projects, read the forthcoming July/August issue of Business Traveller.
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Report by Lucinda Housley