Glasgow’s conference business received a boost with news that Jurys Inns is planning a new hotel next to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).
The 230-room hotel will create an estimated 75 new jobs and is scheduled to open in 2010. It will be the second Jurys Inn hotel in the city.
The company says it hopes to capitalise on the 3.24m annual UK and overseas visitors to the Glasgow area who spend £800m in the visitor economy each year. It also predicts that Glasgow will benefit from the trend for Brits to ‘staycation’, due to the unfavourable euro exchange rate.
The new hotel is part of a £90m, four-hotel expansion by Jurys’ strategic development partner McAleer and Rushe.
Jurys Inns Acting CEO John Brennan: said: ““It is a significant vote of confidence in Glasgow that we can announce plans for a new hotel in the area in today’s challenging economic climate.
“Our positioning at the premium end of the budget market means we can be competitive with business users switching from four star hotels.”
Chief executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Scott Taylor, says: “Jurys’ latest development represents Glasgow’s continuing growth in new hotels, and is one of 12 proposed new hotel developments that are committed to the city.
“The meetings industry can feel confident that Glasgow has both the capacity and the quality to deliver mega events and conferences as well as boutique solutions for meeting organisers.”
Director of sales at the SECC Ben Goedegebuure also welcomed the news: “The arrival of the new Jurys Inn is a welcome addition to Glasgow and the SECC’s campus environment.
“The additional bedrooms further underline our ability to provide large scale events with the range, quality and quantity of bedrooms they require and I’m confident that we will be able to attract more events to Glasgow because of their arrival.
“It’s an exciting time for the city and for our venue, our visitor economy is robust enough to be expanding at a time where other destinations are struggling; what’s more, there has never been a better time to visit Glasgow from a price perspective.”