I think in other reports he refers specifically to Novotel, which will be on Great Victoria street rather than Dublin Road, very lazy journalism as someone said. Accor probably thinking opening two new hotels might be a bit ambitious, riots and protests wouldn't help I suppose.What awful journalism! Firstly Joe Jordan says plans are under threat, then spokesman for accor confirms the group ARE opening a hotel in the summer, making no reference to the headline before having a gender change and refusing to give further details. All in all the article appears to be a hashed up series of unrelated stories which add up to not very much at all.
The protests are embarrassing, damaging, and wholly avoidable with proper leadership but it is encouraging to see people returning to the city in large numbers.
I do think Joe Jordan's underlying point is correct though - media reporting is very damaaging, local media being the most guilty, automatically report something as a 'riot' and a tense 'situation' (word should be banned in NI!) when in reality it is a some thugs throwing things at a static police line, localised to one or two streets in East Belfast. I think in any other country it would be ignored and not make the news or affect whether people would choose to visit a country or not. However, beacuse of our past, people automically assume the whole thing is going to kick off again and its too dangerous to visit. Whereas we all see protests and riots in Athens and Madrid etc, but wouldn't stop us going for a minute...
Do you think it is the perception that it is linked to paramilitaries that makes things worse here?