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LOCAL SPORTING LEGEND KERRY DIXON AND SCHOOL BOY OFFICALLY RE-OPEN £2.2 MILLION TRAVELODGE HOTEL IN LUTON

23rd Mar 2007


Today, England Football legend Kerry Dixon and local school boy, Mohammed Ibraheem officially re-opened Luton Travelodge. The 106-room hotel, previously managed by Regent Hotels, has undergone a six-month, 2.2 million refurbishment and created 30 new jobs.

Situated at 641 Dunstable Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8RQ the new Travelodge will offer rooms from 15* per night.

To celebrate the official re-opening of Luton Travelodge, fifty pupils from Beechwood Primary School were set a project of drawing their "Dream bedroom". Local sporting hero and ex England striker, Kerry Dixon selected the winning picture, drawn by Mohammed Ibraheem aged 8 years.

In addition to re-opening the hotel, Mohammed also won a weekend stay at a UK Travelodge hotel of his choice for his family and his picture will be hung in the hotel reception area. All pupils were awarded a goodie bag.

Sally Thornley, Luton Travelodge's Manager, said: "There is a desperate need for low-cost accommodation within Luton and our new Travelodge hotel will help to fill this demand. We are situated on Dunstable Road which is an ideal location for business and leisure travellers who need quick and easy access to the airport and Luton's surrounding areas. Local residents can also benefit by accommodating family and friends at the hotel to avoid the additional stress at home. We offer a comfortable room from as little as 15, which is the smart choice for any type of stop-over".

Luton 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.

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

Images of the official opening available on request

Notes to editor:

Kerry Dixon used to be a pupil at Beechwood Primary School

15 room rate is an introductory opening offer; the leading rates at Luton Travelodge will start from 26 per room per night.

Travelodge is UK's fastest growing and most recognised budget hotel company: Travelodge has 310 hotels within the UK Ireland and Spain (20,000 rooms in total). Over 6 million people stay with Travelodge every year.

Growth: Travelodge has a target of 32,000 rooms (150 new hotels) by 2010 - this means opening a new hotel every eight working days. This will be achieved via organic growth including new build properties and regenerating existing buildings. By the 2012 Olympics, Travelodge aims to be the biggest hotel brand in Central London (within the North and South Circular), with a target of 7,000 rooms in the Capital.

Travelodge has 30 hotel openings planned in 2007, which equates to one new hotel opening every nine days. Locations include: Heathrow Terminal 4 & 5, Luton, Swindon, Glastonbury, London Euston, London City Road, Eastbourne, Holyhead, Blackpool, Redditch and Windsor.

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 brand to launch in the UK in 1985.

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