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STANSTED AIRPORT DIRECTOR AND LOCAL SCHOOL BOY OFFICIALLY OPEN FIRST £2.5 MILLION TRAVELODGE HOTEL IN GREAT DUNMOW

1st Dec 2006


Today, Mark Pendlington, Stansted Airport's Director of Communications and Charlie Dodd from Dunmow St. Mary's primary school officially opened Stansted Great Dunmow Travelodge. The 2.5 million, 63-room hotel is located at Hoblongs Industrial Estate, Chelmsford Road, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6, 1LW, has created 20 new jobs within the community and offers rooms from 15*.

To celebrate the opening of Stansted Great Dunmow Travelodge, pupils from Dunmow St. Mary's Primary School were set a project of designing their "Dream Bedroom". Mark Pendlington, Stansted Airport's Director of Communications selected the winning picture, which was drawn by Charlie Dodd aged 9 years.

As part of his prize, Charlie won a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to join Stansted's Director, Mark Pendlington to officially open Stansted Great Dunmow Travelodge. Charlie also won a weekend stay at a UK Travelodge hotel of his choice for his family. The winning picture will be hung in the hotel reception area for customers to view. All participating children were awarded a goodie bag.

Craig Whittle, Stansted Great Dunmow Travelodge's Manager, said: "There is high demand for budget accommodation within the Great Dunmow area. Our new Travelodge is ideally located for visiting business and leisure travellers who need quick and easy access to the airport. Local residents can also benefit by accommodating family and friends at the hotel to avoid the additional stress at home, which is ideal for the festive season ahead. We offer a comfortable room from as little as 15, which is the smart choice for any type of stop-over.

Mark Pendlington, Director of Communications for Stansted Airport said: "I am delighted to open the Great Dunmow Travelodge today and wish the hotel every success for the future. This is very good news for passengers and the local community alike, giving people even more choice when looking for accommodation near the airport.

More than 23-million passengers a year use Stansted Airport and this excellent hotel development demonstrates how having a successful, growing airport can bring economic benefits to the area. Everyone at Stansted Airport says congratulations and a very warm welcome to Travelodge.

Stansted Great Dunmow Travelodge will offer a choice of either Family, Double or Disabled rooms. Each room provides a comfortable setting with en-suite bathroom, luxury king size bed, colour TV and free tea and coffee making facilities.

The new hotel also has a Bar Cafe which offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at 6.50 per person (children eat for free**), all day snacks and a bar service in the evenings.

In the leadup to Christmas, Travelodge is opening 17 new hotels across the UK. Locations include Peterborough, Caterham, Romford, Barnstaple, Ludlow, Hatfield, Kendal, Birmingham (city centre), Ayr, Manchester Trafford Park, Hereford, Camberley, Croydon, Watford, Birmingham Five Ways and Sheffield (city centre). 400 new jobs will be created as a result of these new hotel openings.

For further information please visit www.travelodge.co.uk

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For further information please contact:
Shula Gillam, PR Executive 07863 342 317


Notes to editor


* 15 room rate is an introductory opening offer the leading rates at Stansted Great Dunmow Travelodge will start from 26 per room per night.

**Up to two children ten years or under eat free of charge for each paying adult. Offer excludes Northern Ireland and Spain

Travelodge has currently 282 hotels throughout the UK. These are conveniently located in most major UK city centres,

Travelodge offers an online booking service at www.travelodge.co.uk and also via telephone on 08700 850 950.

Travelodge was the first budget brand to launch in the UK in 1985.






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