Travelodge has opened its first hotel in Sandwich at the Discovery Park, the leading science park in Kent.
Sandwich Travelodge is a 75-room hotel which features a restaurant called The Bar Café and on-site car-parking represents a multi-million investment for third party investors and has created 18 new jobs within the community.
This is the group’s 593rd hotel and its 17th property in Kent. It is also the 13th hotel the group has opened so far in 2021. Earlier this year, Travelodge announced it was opening 17 new hotels in 2021. These 17 new hotels are being developed by third party investors with an investment value of £175m and will create 360 jobs across the UK.
To open the hotel a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Sandwich Travelodge where the chairman of Dover District Council, Cllr Mike Conolly, The Mayor of Sandwich, Cllr Paul Graeme and Travelodge chief property and development officer, Steve Bennett officially opened the hotel.
Bennett said: “We are delighted to open Sandwich’s first branded hotel and our 17th Travelodge hotel in Kent. Sandwich Travelodge will be a great addition to the town and will certainly help attract new visitors to the area.
“This is great news for the local community as research shows our customers will spend on average double their room rate with local businesses during their stay, which equates to a multi-million boost into the local economy.”
He added: “As we look to the future, Kent is going from strength to strength, especially as more Britons are holidaying at home and this trend is set to continue.
“Kent is a top Staycation destination, however there still remains a desperate need for good quality and low cost accommodation in the county and we want to fill this growing gap. Therefore we are actively looking for a further nine hotel sites across the county.”
During the last five years, Travelodge has opened seven hotels in Kent (including Sandwich Travelodge).
These seven hotels represent an investment of £39m and have created 125 new jobs. Locations include: Ashford Town Centre, Chatham Maritime, Dover, Gravesend, Rochester, Sandwich and Sittingbourne.