Visit Belfast, its board, staff and industry partners would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Sir William Hastings OBE who sadly passed away on Friday, 15th December 2017.

We unite in honouring his lifetime of exemplary and inspiring business achievement, and, in particular, his exceptional contribution to Belfast and Northern Ireland’s tourism and hospitality success.

A stalwart of Northern Ireland’s business community for generations, Sir William was a true entrepreneur with vision, positive in his outlook and always optimistic about this region’s future and the contribution he knew it could make on a global scale.

As we reflect on his influence, we will continue to be reminded of his legacy by the leading hotel group which proudly bears his name.

We will continue to celebrate his achievements and look forward to the realisation of Sir William’s largest project in the Grand Central, a hotel in which Belfast City and Northern Ireland will be proud.

We unite again in offering our heartfelt condolences to Lady Hastings, to Howard, Julie, Allyson, Aileen and the wider family at this sad time.