More than 40 jobs have been created with the opening of a new hotel in Londonderry city centre.
The Holiday Inn Express on Strand Road opened its doors following investment of £7m.
The opening coincides with the Foyle Cup soccer tournament and teams from Glenavon FC, Barnsley FC and Beann Mhádagháin FC are among the hotel’s first guests.
It has 119 bedrooms and becomes the second largest hotel in Derry. Located on the bustling Strand Road and a short walk to the historic city wall the hotel is the latest edition to a growing tourism and conference offering in the city that supports 4,685 jobs and has witnessed year on year growth.