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The Botany Bay Hotel at Kingsgate near Broadstairs was officially opened by South Thanet MP Laura Sandys on Friday, April 25.
Formerly known as the Fayreness Hotel, it has just undergone a £1.4 million refurbishment by Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame.
As a result of the brewery’s investment, 15 new roles have been created at the coastal hotel, taking the total to more than 50.
It is expected that more employees will be taken on to cope with increased demand during the summer season, due to its spectacular seaside location, just a minute’s stroll from the picturesque Botany Bay.
Ms Sandys was among a group of local dignitaries invited to see the hotel’s stylish new look and meet the team.
She said: “I am thrilled to be formally opening the Botany Bay Hotel following a very significant investment that has seen it undergo substantial refurbishment. It really does look fantastic and I am particularly pleased that 15 new roles have been created, taking the total number of jobs to over 50. This is very good news for Thanet.”
Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame also attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to the Thanet Disabled Riding Centre.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Neame said: “This is a major development for Thanet, and we are pleased that Ms Sandys was able to join us for its official opening.
“We are very proud of the hotel’s new look, but also that our significant investment is resulting in major economic benefits to the coastal area of East Kent, following on from the success of our recent £1.6 million transformation of the Marine Hotel at Whitstable.
“We have created a significant number of new hospitality and catering roles at the Botany Bay, and we are confident that the presence of such a stylish destination hotel will provide a boost for the local tourism market.”
For more information visit www.botanybayhotel.co.uk