A new hotel and hospitality school will be built in Edinburgh to help plug the skills gap in the sector and address recruitment challenges facing the industry.
The project, which has now been given the go ahead by City of Edinburgh Council, is part of the £350m Haymarket Edinburgh development with the hotel and school due to open in 2023.
The hotel will be operated by the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) under a franchise agreement with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
M&G Real Estate is funding the overall project, which will be developed by QMile Group and will also include three office block and retail units.
EICC said the 362-bedroom hotel would address the centre’s “conference demand issues”.
The hotel will build relationships with organisations such as the Scottish Tourism Alliance, Edinburgh Hotels Association, UKHospitality, VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland to help better overcome the recruitment hurdles experienced by the industry.
EICC chief executive Marshall Dallas said: “We know the events industry is experiencing a skills gap that is only becoming more of an issue.
“The hotel and hotel school will go some way to alleviating that challenge while putting the EICC on an even stronger foot and keeping the venue at the forefront of Scotland’s overall proposition when it comes to business tourism.”