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02/11/2017

Hotel projects make waves across Wales

Words: Roger Milne
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Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain, has approached 12 local authorities across Wales in search of new partners for a local regeneration scheme, seven of which have been pioneered in England.

The Welsh councils that have been contacted are Gwynnedd, Bridgend, City of Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Neath, Port Talbot, Rhondda Cyon Taf, City of Newport, Torafaen, Pembrokeshire, and Wrexham.

Travelodge currently operates 14 hotels across Wales.

Hotels in the programme are built on surplus local authority land and help regenerate areas in strategically important locations.

Once the hotel development is complete, local authorities have the choice of either retaining ownership of the hotel and receiving an annual rent or selling the hotel with Travelodge as its operator.  

In a statement sent to The Planner, Peter Gowers, chief executive of Travelodge, said: “More and more local authorities are under pressure to find ways to help regenerate their historic town centres and local communities. Adding a low-cost hotel like Travelodge is an increasingly attractive choice, as it draws visitors, creates jobs and helps boost the local economy.”

This initiative surfaced as EasyHotel revealed plans for a new 'super budget' hotel in Cardiff following its acquisition of a city centre office block.

Meanwhile, Swansea City Council has confirmed it is canvassing the Welsh Government to provide local councils with additional powers known as ‘General Powers of Competence’, which would allow it to build a hotel to unlock development in its city centre.

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