Titanic Hotel Belfast, named Northern Ireland’s Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards every year since opening its doors in 2017, is celebrating its fifth birthday this month – with longest-serving staff member Adrian McNally, General Manager, proud to have retained a quarter of the original staff since day one.
Adrian said: “We have achieved incredible success despite the challenges the hospitality industry has faced in recent years.
“I am extremely proud of the team in delivering outstanding customer service and for working tirelessly to live up to Titanic Hotel Belfast’s leading hotel status every day.
“The fact that we have managed to retain 25 per cent of the original workforce during some of the most challenging times for our industry in our lifetime is testament to the privilege of being part of the team at Titanic Hotel Belfast.
“I would also like to thank Harcourt Developments for their unwavering commitment to Titanic Hotel Belfast and for continuing to invest in our accommodation and public
spaces, enabling us to provide visitors with a truly unique experience when visiting Titanic Quarter.”
There have been more than 174,000 guests waking up to a Titanic breakfast in the past five years and over 3,200 weddings and events hosted in the unique private heritage spaces, including the surroundings of the Drawing Office where many of the world’s most famous ocean liners such as RMS Titanic were designed.
More than 82,000 guests have attended events and weddings, while thousands more have enjoyed the hotel’s award-winning food and beverage outlets every month.
The concierge team has hosted more than 3,500 heritage tours, giving visitors a flavour of the history of this unique hotel, which includes Thomas Andrews original private office, the decadent Presentation Room, where Lord Pirrie showcased Harland & Wolff’s latest designs for transatlantic passenger liners, and Charles Payne’s office, Managing Director of Harland & Wolff during Titanic’s launch.
Even with three lockdowns during the first five years of trading, revenue at the hotel has increased significantly year on year, and the hotel is now operating with revenue 19 per cent above pre-pandemic levels for overseas visitors, business events, meetings, weddings, dining and overnight accommodation.
Adrian added: “We are all too aware that a hotel stay can be viewed as an indulgence and we are putting measures in place to save on energy consumption and food waste to keep costs down.
“This will enable us to continue to compete in the marketplace with a focus and commitment to offer our guests an unforgettable experience at Titanic Hotel Belfast.”
John Paul Doherty, Creative Director at Harcourt Developments, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the fifth birthday of Titanic Hotel Belfast, the jewel of the Maritime Mile.
“This historic and architecturally unique building was once the nerve centre of the largest shipyard in the world; a location steeped in history.
“The combined efforts of Harcourt Developments and the team at Titanic Hotel Belfast have created a unique hospitality experience – giving guests the chance to stay in one of the most historically important buildings in Northern Ireland; the very building where Titanic was designed and constructed just a few yards away.
“We feel we offer an emotionally rich and historically authentic experience unlike anything else in the world.
“The success of Titanic Hotel Belfast is due in multiple parts, not least from the wonderful service guests enjoy but also due to the curation of artworks and artefacts which are exhibited throughout the hotel.
“This includes the most recent addition in the Drawing Office Bar of an original clock from SS Carpathia, the first ship to reach Titanic.”
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