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THE MAYOR OF BLACKPOOL, COUNCILLOR MARY SMITH OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW £6.2M TRAVELODGE HOTEL IN BLACKPOOL

20th May 2008


Today, the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Mary Smith officially opened Blackpool Southshore Travelodge. The 124-room hotel represents a 6.2 million investment in the town, creating 25 new jobs. Situated on Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JH the new Travelodge will offer rooms from 29 per night.

Blackpool Southshore Travelodge is the company's first hotel in the North West to be built with the company's new room design. Created in a contemporary style, incorporating a red, white and blue colour scheme, the new room is furnished with dark, rich tone furnishings and mood setting coloured lighting. Also included in the room is a digital flat screen TV and Wi-Fi. The room's ensuite facilities have also been updated to reflect the new style.

Stuart Henshall, Blackpool Travelodge's Hotel Manager said: "There is a desperate need for lowcost accommodation in Blackpool and our new hotel will help to meet this demand. We sell rooms from as little as 29 per night and our location is perfect whether meeting on business or on a leisure trip with friends."

The Mayor of Blackpool Councillor Mary Smith said: "I would like to wish Blackpool Southshore Travelodge every success for the future on behalf of Blackpool City Council. This new hotel will fill a real local need for budget accommodation and I am thrilled that it has created so many new jobs."

Research shows that local businesses benefit from new Travelodge's being built in their area. The hotel chain's average customer spends around 254 in local bars, shops and restaurants while on a week's break.

For more information visit www.travelodge.co.uk


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For further information please contact:
Shula Gillam, Senior PR Executive - 07824 491 224

Additional images of the opening and the hotel building are available on request.

About Travelodge:

The first budget hotel brand to launch in the UK in 1985, Travelodge now operates 330 hotels (over 20,000 rooms) - nine in Ireland, three in Spain and the rest in the UK. Travelodge plans to grow its estate to 70,000 rooms (approximately 1000 hotels) by 2020.

Six and a half million people stayed with Travelodge last year and 87% of reservations are currently made online at travelodge.co.uk, where room rates start at 19 a night. The chain employs over 5,000 staff and is owned by Dubai International Capital, who acquired the organisation from Permira in 2006. In April 2007, Travelodge announced the first stage of a new online retail strategy when it became the first UK hotel company to launch a Travel Insurance product.



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