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Ramada Plaza Launches £1.5 Million Refurbishment

The Right Honorable Theresa Villiers, MP, Secretary of State, has launched a £1.5million refurbishment at the luxury four star Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge, alongside its owners, Andras Hotel Group.

Supported by Danske Bank, the two-year project has included a major makeover of the Grand Ballroom, which is the largest banqueting space in Northern Ireland. The development has also seen the creation of the Laganview Suite, which is proving to be the most sought after wedding venue in Belfast. And the final phase features a new contemporary art deco design in the lobby, which will seek to further strengthen the hotel’s appeal to the international market.

Speaking at the launch, The Right Honorable Theresa Villiers, MP, Secretary of State said: It was a great honour to be able to take part in the opening ceremony.

A huge amount of effort and investment had gone into the project. It was crucial to support businesses like this to deliver a strong economy across the country.

The Secretary of State paid tribute to the work of Lord Rana and said he had been a strong supporter of Northern Ireland through good times and bad.

Rajesh Rana, director of Andras Hotels Group said: “Today sees the completion of a vision which we created alongside world-renowned interior designers, Philip Rodgers, and we are absolutely thrilled by the end result.

“We have tried and succeeded in sourcing each and every element locally in a bid to celebrate the fantastic craftspeople we have in Northern Ireland.

“From the stunning, hand-made carpets, to the bespoke furniture, the atmospheric lighting and the specially commissioned artwork by local artist Lucy Turner – everything is world-class and the feedback we have had to date has far exceeded our expectations.”

Rajesh concluded: “I would like to thank the Secretary of State for her time today and indeed Danske Bank for their ongoing support and investment.”

Andras Hotels have a track record of investing in the local hotel market through the recession, including the construction of two new Ibis Hotels in 2009 and a renovation of the Holiday Inn Express in 2010. The Group is now Belfast’s largest hotelier and have further plans to expand the portfolio, with a £2.5m refurbishment and rebrand of the Days Hotel now underway and planning permission lodged for a new 179 bedroom £12million hotel in Belfast city Centre.

Andras Hotels have invested £13million in the past 5 years and have plans for further growth, which will continue to supply much needed bedrooms for the local tourism market.

For further information on the full range of facilities available at the Ramada Plaza, visit www.ramadabelfast.com.

Lewis McCallan, Danske Bank, Secretary of State and Lord Rana Rajesh Rana, Secretary of State, Lord Rana

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