Travelodge keen to open in Jersey
TRAVELODGE has announced that it wants to open a hotel in Jersey as part of a £165-million plan to build 26 new seaside hotels across the British Isles.
The company says that the venture could create 25 new jobs in the Island and is now calling on the government to help fund its development.
Tony O’ Brien, Travelodge UK development director, said that people across the British Isles were choosing to take more ‘staycations’ rather than going abroad for holidays.
‘To support this growing trend, we have identified 26 coastal areas where we would like to open a hotel, so that we can offer more choice and greater value to the modern leisure traveller and this includes opening a hotel in Jersey,’ he said.
‘This expansion programme in Jersey would represent an investment of £5 million for third-party investors and create 25 new jobs.
‘It would also support the local economy as our research shows, on average, that our customers spend double their room rate with local businesses which annually results in a multimillion boost for the local economy.
‘To kickstart our search to find the perfect hotel site in Jersey, we are writing to the Government of Jersey to see if we can play a pivotal role in their tourism strategy, as we have done in Rhyl.
‘Investing in a low-cost hotel like Travelodge is an increasingly attractive choice, as it draws visitors, creates jobs and helps boost the local economy.’