With the support of Invest Northern Ireland, the Hotel Carlton in Belleek is to undergo extensive redevelopment that will add 16 double rooms and on-site leisure facilities in a three storey extension to the existing building.
The £741,000 investment will lead to the hotel achieving Northern Ireland Tourist Board 3 star certification, which will allow it to enter new markets such as coach tour and group leisure.
The project, which also involves substantial investment in ICT to streamline the reservation process, will create six full time and 12 part time jobs.
Leslie Ross, managing director in Invest NI comments: “This significant investment will allow the Hotel Carlton to take advantage of market opportunities and reinforce the enormous tourism potential.
“It will create an internationally competitive offering and ensure the operational efficiency of the business. Invest NI is keen to support tourist facilities such as the Hotel Carlton that have a clearly defined strategy for growth and a focus on increasing capability and competitiveness.”
Work on the redevelopment will begin shortly and is due to be completed by summer 2005.
Sheamus Rooney who owns and runs the hotel with his wife Angela says: “We’re working hard to meet the changing needs of our customers and are examining key market segments and identifying new areas for business development. This investment and the achievement of 3 star accreditation will allow us to attract new customers and extend the season. It will position the Hotel Carlton as a major provider of high quality tourist accommodation in this area.”