Jurys Inn plans new hotel at SECC

22 Jan 2009

Scotland's hospitality sector received a much-needed shot in the arm yesterday when a leading leisure chain announced a new hotel next to the national exhibition centre.

Jurys Inn, which already operates a successful venture in Glasgow, revealed plans for a 230-room hotel just west of Glasgow city centre, creating around 75 new jobs.

The chain, which specialises in the high end of the budget market, said it was looking to capitalise on the changing tastes and needs of customers in the current economic climate.

The new hotel is expected to open in mid-2010 and follows a period of negotiations between Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and the Jurys development team in Dublin.

The announcement comes on the back of a string of cancelled hotel proposals across Scotland on the back of the economic slump, and there have also been warning shots fired in a much-anticipated price war, with hotels dropping prices by up to 15%.

Glasgow prices have dropped by less than Scotland's four other Scottish cities, down from an average of £79 per night to £77.

The new Jurys hotel will be located on Lancefield Street, on the north banks of the Clyde and next to the SECC. It is part of a £90m, four-hotel investment by Jurys and follows the construction of a raft of 10 new ventures for the chain, which is part-owned by the Sultanate of Oman.

Acting chief executive John Brennan said business users were switching from four-star hotels, while leisure customers were still wanting "hotel pedigree and hospitality" at budget prices, a combination he said Jurys Inn was delivering.

Mr Brennan said: "It's a significant vote of confidence that we can announce plans for a new hotel in the area in today's challenging economic climate.

"I am confident that Glasgow city can benefit from research predicting that up to 50% of Britons will holiday at home this year due to the strong euro and recession."

David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland regional director, said: "Investment is crucial to the ongoing success of the tourism industry and it is extremely encouraging to see Jurys Inns opting for such a large expansion in Glasgow.

"The current economic climate will undoubtedly create challenges but clearly there is still confidence in the tourism industry and this is highlighted by the investment which will help drive the tourism industry in Glasgow and Scotland forward."

Reproduced with the permission of the Herald & Times Group

 

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  • Detail of Jurys Inn at Jamaica Street, Glasgow

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