A study backed by the Department for Social Development will explore whether there is potential for a new four-star hotel in Portrush Minister Mervyn Storey has announced.
The study will determine if there is a need for new accommodation, potential sites and what facilities, grade and quality it might offer.
“I am delighted that my Department is able to provide the funding for this important piece of work,” said Mr Storey.
“This is part of a wider regeneration plan for Portrush to ensure that the resort is in a position to maximise the benefits from the Open Championship that will be hosted by Royal Portrush Golf Club in the future.”
The Department for Social Development will meet the costs of the hotel scoping study, which are expected to be £18,690. Consultancy firm, ASM Horwath, will carry out the work which should be completed by this Spring.
Mayor of Coleraine George Duddy, said: “Coleraine Borough Council welcomes the Minister’s confirmation that the hotel scoping study for Portrush has commenced.
“The Council greatly appreciates the Department for Social Development’s continued role as a key partner in delivering the Portrush Regeneration Strategy.”