SDLP Ballycastle councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed news that the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle has been now been sold and is due to open in the summer.
Cllr Cunningham said: “It has been very frustrating that this issue has been allowed to drift to this stage, but thankfully we now seem to have a resolution. The Marine Hotel and Country Club has already been closed for over nineteen months.
“Ballycastle has a lot to offer visitors with its wealth of history, and the natural beauty in and around the town as well the Glens, Rathlin and the Causeway. As a seaside town, Ballycastle has excellent static caravan parks and bed and breakfast establishments but, it really needs quality hotel accommodation.
“The local economy needs people to stay over in the town, to shop in our local shops, eat in our restaurants and to drink in our pubs and clubs.
“There is a market for increased stay-over provision within the town for both visitors and business people.”