Andras Hotels, Northern Ireland’s largest hotel group, has stated this morning that the hotel they will take over in Coleraine on February 10th will only be used for regular tourism and not for housing asylum seekers.
Yesterday, the group announced that it had bought the Premier Inn in Coleraine situated on Riverside Retail Park. The statement follows social media speculation that the hotel would be used for asylum seekers, similar to a ‘hotel’ located in Portstewart.
In a statement yesterday, Rajesh Rana, Director of Andras Hotels, said ‘We are delighted to be expanding our portfolio with this acquisition. This will be the company’s first hotel outside of Belfast and we are excited to be expanding into the north coast. Our plans for this hotel are to rebrand and operate it under franchise from the Accor Hotel group. We will be investing £500,000 in this hotel and giving it a fresh new look’.
‘We have met the existing employees at the hotel, who are a really great team, and I’m pleased to say we will be safeguarding all jobs.’