Call for development of five hotels to meet Dundee's £1b tourism boom

30 May 2013 by
Call for development of five hotels to meet Dundee's £1b tourism boom

A new surge of visitors forecast set to flock to the regenerated Dundee Waterfront will create a need for the development of five more hotels in the city, according to planners.

The £1b transformation of the Dundee Waterfront is expected to result in a £1b increase in tourism spending between 2015 and 2025, with at least 300,000 extra visitors every year.

Attractions in the area will include the new £45m V&A Dundee museum, a Maritime Way tour and a marina for commercial and leisure vessels.

There will also be extensive residential development alongside the new £18m Dundee railway station and the £32m Olympia swimming pool.

Mike Galloway, director of city development at Dundee City Council estimates that a further 500 rooms, or five new hotels each with a capacity of around 100 rooms each are needed in the city.

"That means we are looking to increase the number of beds by around 40%. Leisure and business tourism currently generates nearly £200m of revenue per annum for the city region, but we expect that to grow by at least 50% to £300m following the opening of the V&A.

"We would encourage hotel operators to make contact with us at their earliest opportunity."

Anuraag Badola, associate director with TRI Hospitality Consulting, supports Dundee Council's call for more hotels in the city. "Dundee has a strengthening profile as one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK, and offers exciting opportunities for hotel investors, developers and operators," he said.

The Dundee Waterfront Partnership is a joint venture between Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council.

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