Permission has been granted to transform a former office block into a 76-bedroom hotel in Inverness.
Hotel management group, Axcel Hospitality, whose portfolio includes Hilton, Marriott and Accor Hotels, is behind the proposed conversion of the former Department of Work and Pensions office on Church Street.
The new hotel will also compromise a bar, restaurant and gym.
A design statement, which was submitted last year, said the project would generate tourism, boost the economy and create jobs.
According to The Inverness Courier, city business and civic leaders have welcomed approval of the new project, which will see a £42,000 increase to support “active travel projects in the city centre under an agreement regarding developer contributions”.
Stewart Nicol, chief executive of the Inverness Chamber of Commerce, said: “It is very good news – it is right in the heart of the Old Town as well as being in the city centre. Obviously we are in the middle of a global pandemic which is challenging all businesses but we have to look to the future.
“We will get our tourism visitors back and the city and region has a phenomenal amount to offer visitors. Part of that offering is a good range of hotels across the wider Highlands and certainly in the city centre.”