Travelodge to create 500 new jobs in 2010

Travelodge has announced it will create 500 new jobs by opening 26 new hotels this year.

The hotel chain will invest £115m on the expansion and create a wide range of different jobs, from managers to cleaners.

The hotels will be in areas including Edinburgh, London, Aberdeen, Chichester, Colwyn Bay and Morecambe.

Travelodge has repeated its commitment to target the long-term unemployed to fill the job opportunities created.

These latest expansion plans outstrip previous announcements last year, when Travelodge said it would create 250 jobs by opening 10 new hotels in 2010, investing a total of £47m in the project.

The expansion will take Travelodge’s UK portfolio to more than 400 properties and 30,000 rooms, the BBC has reported.

Grant Hearn, chief executive of Travelodge, said: “Despite a very challenging market, we have chosen to invest and grow throughout the recession and for many more years to come.

“The prevailing economic climate has accelerated the forecasted structural change of the hotel market as consumers have chosen low-cost, quality accommodation rather than overpriced full-service and mid-market establishments.”

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