A NEW 41-bedroom hotel is set to built on the outskirts of Inverness as the city continues to enjoy booming tourism numbers.
Pub and hospitality chain Marston’s has been given the go-ahead for the project next to its restaurant and bar, The Three Witches, which opened at Slackbuie last year.
The two-storey hotel will cater for business and leisure visitors.
Marston’s, whose headquarters are in Wolverhampton, would not comment on the decision by Highland Council planning officers to approve the plans, saying it was still very early in the development of the site.
But the proposed venture has been welcomed by Inverness South councillor Ken Gowans.
“A hotel would be a welcome addition,” he said. “It is right on the distributor road. Anything which encourages people to stay overnight in the city is a good thing. It will help the local economy.”
Cllr Gowans said there was huge demand for hotel beds in the area despite the possibility of a tourism tax being introduced in the Highlands.
He felt the type of accommodation proposed by Marston’s would be useful.
“I imagine it will provide good value for money,” he said. “If we can encourage people to spend an extra night in Inverness, that is an extra dinner, an extra breakfast – every extra overnight stay can make a difference to the economy.”
The Three Witches pub and restaurant, which is just across the road from the Asda supermarket, is the first venture in the city by Marston’s and was officially opened last February.