|At the official opening are IL-RI Keith Freeman, General Manger Premier Inn Northern Ireland, Jeffrey Donaldson MP MLA, Allan Ewart, Mayor of Lisburn and Jill Moore, Manager Premier Inn and Linen House Restaurant Lisburn along with some of the Premier Inn team. Picture by Brian Thompson / Presseye.com.|
LISBURN'S new hotel has officially opened on the Hillsborough Road, creating 50 full and part-time positions.
The 60 bed hotel, which also boasts an adjoining 200 seat family restaurant and onsite carpark, represents a £5 million investment for the area.
MP Jeffrey Donaldson, who officially opened the hotel, said: "The city of Lisburn is making progress on so many fronts and this is another excellent piece of news for the area. "The fact the largest hotel chain in the UK has chosen Lisburn as its fifth location in Northern Ireland says a lot about the potential of the city as a place to visit, enjoy and work in." Jill Moore, General Manager of the new hotel and restaurant, added: "Lisburn is a fantastic city with much to offer visitors and locals alike so it was an obvious location for us to open our newest hotel and restaurant. Bookings are already high, from both business and leisure guests, and we have received very positive feedback from the local community who have been so welcoming."
|At the official opening are (L-R) Keith Freeman, General Manager Premier Inn Northern Ireland, Jeffrey Donaldson MP MLA, Allan Ewart, Mayor of Lisburn and Jill Moore, Manager Premiere Inn and Linen House Restaurant. Picture by Brian Thompson/Presseye.com.||At the official opening are 11-12) Mike Todd, Down Royal Racecourse, Vicky Moore and Councillor Ronnie Crawford.|
The Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Allan Ewart, was also on hand to help open the new hotel. "Lisburn is well known as one of Northern Ireland's premier shopping destinations and I hope that many of our visitors will choose to extend their stay in the city centre by availing of the hotel facilities," he said. "The Council has backed plans to bring this hotel to our city since it was first proposed and we are delighted to join in the celebrations and wish the Premier Inn every success for the future."
Lagan Valley MLA Trevor Lunn said the opening was "great news" for Lisburn. "This new hotel is a sign of things to come for the city. It is a place on the move and I believe there will be a number of new hotels being built here in the coming years. But he added: "I think that the proprietors of the Beechlawn Hotel and the Ballymac Hotel must wonder why some people said that Lisburn had no hotel for years because they are located within the council boundaries, as was the White Gables in Hillsborough."