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£1 million investment puts the wind in Marine Hotel’s sails


A prominent hotel in Ballycastle has unveiled the results of its latest expansion following a £1m investment with support from AIB.


The Marine Hotel located on the Causeway Coastal Route, has created ten new family rooms, sleeping up to six people each. The hotel has also renovated its event space allowing it to cater for larger conferences, events and weddings.



David Hamilton, owner of Martin Hamilton Construction, Ballymena, Claire Hunter, co-owner of the Marine Hotel, Shane Megahey and Karen McAuley from AIB.

The expansion has brought additional employment opportunities for the area with the hotel creating ten new jobs, bringing its workforce to 40. 


Marine Hotel co-owner Claire Hunter said this latest development builds on the hotel’s vision to be the 'go to' hotel on the North Coast for adventurers, families, international travellers and staycationers alike.


"With its attractive seafront, great views, activities and hospitality, we have been focused on building Ballycastle’s reputation as a premier destination for coastal visitors," said Claire Hunter.




“Through our latest expansion and renovation, we are ensuring visitors have a welcoming and comfortable spot to linger even longer in the area. Our new rooms are perfect for families and groups who want to avail of local activities on offer like golf and kayaking, and we’re proud to collaborate with other local businesses to distinguish Ballycastle as a hotspot for such guests.”

 

“There is no doubt the last two years have been challenging for the hotels industry so we’re incredibly grateful for the support of AIB along with Tourism NI, Invest NI and the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation who have all helped us build upon our business strategy. We’re grateful to the team at Martin Hamilton Building Contractors in Ballymena as well for creating our new rooms and bringing our vision to life.”




Shane Megahey, head of relationship management at AIB, said:


"The Marine Hotel continues to go from strength to strength under the exceptional leadership of Claire and her business partner Colum McLornan.


"Not only are they enhancing the appeal of the hotel, but they are also creating opportunities for further growth in the area and beyond.


"With a focus on exceptional customer service and quality as well as collaborating with other businesses and industry partners, the team has set itself apart during a challenging period and we’re proud to back their dreams and ambitions."