Many city centre hotels in Inverness has been seeing a lot of occupancy and strong customer demand, and, in response, Premiere Inn’s Inverness operation will be expanding over the next couple of months. To meet demands, its Millburn and Inshes Gate sites will be getting 54 new bedrooms between them.
At the Inshes Gate site, construction has already started working on its 23-room extension, which is scheduled to finish early in 2019. The neighbouring property to it, Nevis House, which was formerly a Fujitsu office building, will be converted in order to add a further 22 bedrooms, set to open sometime in 2019.
The expansion follows the recent summer where both of the hotels experienced full occupancy.
Premier Inn Project and Programme Manager, David Christmas, says that they are seeing really high occupancy rates at their city centre hotels in Inverness, and there is clearly strong demand from their customers to stay in the Scottish city for leisure and business.
Christmas says that Premier Inn is keen to invest further into the city in order to offer more bedrooms in the most desirable locations. He says that converting Nevis House into a 22-bedroom annex for the hotel, alongside the new 23 bedroom extension that’s currently under development, will bring the property into positive use and increase the number of bedrooms at the Inverness East Premier Inn.
The new rooms received licensed rights, same as the other rooms, early in November, which allows guests to drink alcohol inside their rooms.
According to Highland Licensing Board member, Councillor Duncan Macpherson, the Premier Inn’s Inverness expansion was a good story for the travel industry and the local economy.
He says that the licensing board’s job to encourage responsible drinking, and they’ve done that by ensuring that these new rooms have the same level of hospitality as the currently existing ones.
White bread, meanwhile, is working on getting approval for its most northerly Premier In, located in Thurso, and will go before the Highland Council’s North Planning Committee later on November, on the 27th.
The plans have already had several objections to it, with concerns like flood risk, draining and water treatment, on top of issues of transport and what impact such a development would have on the town centre.