Business management

A family-run hotel business is setting its sights on growth

New investment and a positive outlook are delivering growth for a family business.

Despite the challenges faced by the hospitality industry in recent years, a family-run hotel group is successfully growing its business and maintaining a commitment to a sustainable future.

Established in 1993, McKeever Hotels now operates five hotels in Northern Ireland, including four in Antrim – Corr’s Corner Hotel, Dunsilly Hotel, Adair Arms Hotel and Dunadry Hotel – and one, Dillons Hotel, in Letterkenny.

Along with managing director Eugene McKeever and his wife Catherine, the group also employs the couple’s daughter Bridgene as marketing director, and their son Eddie as operations director. Eddie is also currently president of the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation.

Major investments are currently underway at two of the group’s flagship hotels, and still more developments are being planned for the future.

The family business is such an immensely important partner of the local economy

Richard Lusty
Ulster Bank relationship director

McKeever Hotels continually tries to better serve its residents, communities and the environment, says Eugene.

Commenting on new investment secured for expansion, he says: “It will improve how we operate as a business, helping us to reinvest in our assets and grow - with emphasis on reinforcing our sustainability commitments as we continue to explore new energy-efficient upgrades and renewable energy projects.”

Looking to the future

The company is executing a full renovation of Dillons to create a range of deluxe rooms and suites that offer a luxury stay in the heart of Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter.

The hotel was acquired by McKeever Hotels in 2014 and at that time underwent a multi-million Euro investment to rejuvenate its public areas.

At the four-star Dunadry Hotel and Gardens, several new investment projects are also underway, including the development of a new cellar experience that will offer guests wine and whiskey tasting.

Maximise growth potential

Ulster Bank relationship director Richard Lusty says: “McKeever Hotels is a business on an ambitious journey, one that already spans three decades and generations of the McKeever family.

“Eugene and Catherine had a vision and the determination to see it true. Today, their contribution to the tourism and hospitality sector is unquestionable.

“The family business is such an immensely important partner of the local economy, and its long-term plans align directly with our commitment to help people, communities and businesses thrive.

“Combining our expertise and support with the family’s drive to better serve the sector, we’re confident McKeever Hotels will be well positioned to maximise its growth potential.”

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