Sterling drop sees occupancy double at Northern Ireland’s Tullyglass House Hotel


Thanks to the drop in the value of Sterling since Brexit, Tullyglass House Hotel in Northern Ireland has seen occupancy double and turnover reach more than £4.6m over the last 15 months.

Since the referendum result started to take its toll last spring, the property’s occupancy has jumped to 98%, while pre-tax profits between November 2015 and February 2017 reached more than £380k.

The Tullyglass House Hotel is situated in Ballymena and is owned by the McConville family with Kathleen McConville and her son Augustine both listed as directors.

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Gus MConville said that the TV programme Game of Thrones has also helped to boost the awareness of the area and bring more people to the hotel.

Managing director Gus McConville said: “We’ve had a really good year and occupancy now sits at around 98%.

“Game of Thrones has also been a big boost with a lot of the filming sites close by, and the weak sterling has also helped. We’ve noticed a big increase in the numbers of American tourists.”

The Tullyglass House Hotel also recently announced plans to invest £5m to develop a new luxury spa and conference facilities.

The expansion will see 45 new bedrooms and a tree-top spa with a coffee lounge added to the existing hotel.

The development will be based on six acres of land to the front of the hotel recently bought by the company.

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