150 new jobs at Grand Central

14 Apr 2010

Glasgow's hotel industry is tapping into the growing luxury­ market with a host of new openings and the latest, a £20 million refurbishment of the former Central Hotel above Central Station, is launching a major recruitment drive ahead of its reopening in September.

The restoration of the Grand Central Hotel, one of eight developments providing 1,200 new rooms by 2011, will create 150 jobs.

Around 100 workers are currently renovating the Grand Central to its former glory before staff training can begin. The new hotel, which has already taken several bookings for later in the year, will include a ballroom, 21 meeting rooms, a delicatessen, bar and restaurant.

It will also house a champagne bar overlooking Central Station, which is expected to become a destination in itself.

Figures released yesterday by PKF accountants show the occupancy rate in Glasgow's hotels was 71% in February, higher than in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. It was an increase of 3.4% from the previous year, but revenue was down slightly and hotel rooms in Glasgow are around £10 cheaper per night than in the other two cities.

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