1st July 2003

Travelodge UK’s leading budget hotel chain is delighted to announce the imminent opening of a 60-bedroom hotel at the exciting new Derry’s Cross Development, creating 40 jobs for local people.

Plymouth is a prime area for both leisure and business travellers, and with its central location, high level of service and excellent value for money, the new Travelodge will provide the perfect base for every type of traveller. Whilst creating jobs for people in the area, the Plymouth Travelodge will also boost Plymouth’s growing leisure and tourism offering.

With all job vacancies to be filled before its official opening in September, Travelodge are inviting enthusiastic, motivated and committed people to come along to a recruitment day being held on Saturday 26 July at the Plymouth Job Centre, Buckwell Street.

From 10.00am to 2.30pm, the Job Centre will act as an information point for anyone interested in a career with the UK’s leading budget hotel chain Travelodge. A wide variety of posts are available, including Day and Night Receptionists, a Reception Supervisor, a House Keeping Supervisor, a Linen Porter and Guest Room Cleaners.

A Travelodge representative will be on hand at the Job Centre to answer questions and provide information to potential applicants. Those with a keen interest in becoming part of the Travelodge team will be asked to fill in an application form and hand it in to the Job Centre. Interviews for the various positions will take place during August.

Simon Gash, Plymouth Travelodge Manager, said: "Being situated in the heart of Plymouth, Travelodge will offer an ideal location for both customers and staff. Travelodge offers a good range of employee benefits, and with a core part of our ethos being to ensure staff enjoy their work, we look forward to bringing the best team together to help us make the Plymouth Travelodge a great success."

The Recruitment Day will also be attended by representatives from a number of other companies based at the Derry’s Cross development.
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For further information please contact:
Travelodge Press Office at Cohn & Wolfe
020 7331 5400

Notes to Editors:

For general information on the Job Centre recruitment day, telephone the Buckwell Street branch on 01752 616 011

· Travelodge has currently 236 locations throughout the UK. These are conveniently located in most major UK cities, on all major motorways and ‘A’ roads.
· 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 £42.95, per room, per night and sleep up to four people.
· In 2003 Compass Group plc, owners of Travelodge since 2000, sold the company to Permira Investment Fund Managers. Permira has ambitious plans for Travelodge and is confident that it has an exciting future as the UK’s leading hotel brand.