Protests threaten Belfast hotel development
on 07/02/2013 15:19:51
Hospitality firm Accor is trying to get out of its agreement for the planned hotel, the city's Chamber of Trade and Commerce has claimed.
There have been weeks of roadblocks and sporadic violence which has left more than 120 police officers injured but the situation has been relatively calm in recent days.
Chairman Joe Jordan told Stormont MLAs: "Accor hotels are now saying to me that they want to pull out of the lease for the Novotel. We have lawyers working on that at the minute.
"They are trying to get loopholes to get out of this agreement and the whole reason they are trying to get out of the agreement is purely based on the last nine weeks."
Mr Jordan blamed perceptions encouraged by media coverage of street protests.
"This is one or two streets in East Belfast where it continues to happen," he said.
"If you listen to the media, next to Syria is Northern Ireland."