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SANTA CLAUS ARRIVES EARLY TO JOIN THE MAYOR OF BARNSTAPLE, COUNCILLOR SUE HAYWOOD TO OFFICIALLY OPEN FIRST £1.8 MILLION TRAVELODGE HOTEL IN BARNSTAPLE

11th Dec 2006


Santa Claus has arrived early this year to join the Mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Sue Haywood to officially open Barnstaple Travelodge. The 45-room hotel has created 20 new jobs within the community and will offer rooms from 15*.

Barnstaple Travelodge is a 1.8 million investment for the town and was built in a record time of just 40 weeks. It is ideally located for the business and leisure traveller and is situated on the main road into Barnstaple (A39) at Roundwell Services, A39 Barnstaple By-Pass, Barnstaple, EX31 3RZ.

To celebrate the opening, the hotel was transformed into an exclusive Grotto for Santa's visit and pupils from Sticklepath Primary School, who had been individually selected for their good behaviour during 2006, were given VIP passes to personally meet the man himself. The Grotto will now be donated to the South West Children's Hospice based in Barnstaple to give under-privileged children the chance to have their own personal Grotto for Santa to visit.

The Mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Sue Haywood said: "Barnstaple Travelodge is a welcome new addition to our town. With the opening of the new down-stream bridge next year and the anticipation of an increase in tourism to the area, this new Travelodge will go a long way to facilitate the extra beds that will required along with bringing the bonus of much needed employment to the area"

Judy Swoish, Barnstaple Travelodge's Manager, said: "There is a desperate need for low-cost accommodation within the Barnstaple area. Our new Travelodge hotel is ideally located for visiting business and leisure travellers who need quick and easy access to the town and the A390. 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".

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

Barnstaple Travelodge is looking for enthusiastic, motivated and committed individuals to join their housekeeping team and there four positions.
For further information or to apply, please contact Barnstaple Travelodge's hotel manager Judy Swoish on 07841 656 919.

In the lead-up to Christmas, Travelodge is opening 17 new hotels across the UK. Locations include: Peterborough, Caterham, Romford, Stansted, Ludlow, Hatfield, Kendal, Birmingham Maypole, 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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mages of the official opening are available on request, please call Shula Gillam, PR Executive on 07863 342 317

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

Notes to editors:
Santa's Exclusive Grotto will be donated to the Barnstaple Children's Hospice. Located at Children's Hospice South West, Little Bridge House, Rediands Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, North Devon EX31 2PZ Telephone: Barnstaple (01271) 25270.

*15 room rate is an introductory opening offer; the leading rates at Barnstaple 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 288 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.

Competitively priced, Travelodge room rates start from just 26 per room, per night. (26 room rates are subject to availability and can only be booked online).

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




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