A London-based property group is to build a new hotel next to Titanic Belfast, which will become one of the biggest in the area when it opens in 2021.
The family-run JMK Group will soon start work on the new 276-bedroom hotel as part of a significant expansion in Ireland.
While a franchise partner is yet to be announced, the company said it would be an internationally recognised brand.
As well as its bedrooms, 100 of which are to be family rooms, there will be a rooftop bar at the new hotel.
Alongside its four London hotels, the JMK Group runs the Holiday Inn Express on Dublin’s O’Connell Street and the Waterford Marina Hotel. It’s building two more in Dublin city centre and a 421-bed Holiday Inn at Dublin Airport.
In a statement reacting to the planning decision, owner John Kajani said he was eager to progress with the group’s investment in the area.
“Belfast has become a destination-of-choice, particularly for families and city-break enthusiasts, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to support the thriving economic growth of the City’s tourism industry.”
He said the hotel, which will include a rooftop bar, will include 100 family rooms.