Premier Inn appoints new development manager

Whitbread, the parent company of Premier Inn, has announced the appointment of its new development manager.

Matt Gent, who will take up his new role later this month, was previously project and programme manager with Whitbread in the UK . 

Gent said: “This is an incredibly exciting time to join the Ireland team and I’m looking to hit the ground running and continue our rapid expansion.  

Dublin remains an important market for us as we look to secure 2,500 rooms across the city, but we’re also looking beyond the capital and have live requirements in other popular leisure and business destinations, such as Cork, Galway, Limerick and Killarney.” 

It comes after Whitbread recently announced the acquisition of Newmarket Square, Dublin 8.

Kevin Murray, head of acquisitions for Premier Inn in Ireland, said: “Securing the Newmarket site and reaching over 1,000 bedrooms in the pipeline is a significant landmark for us as we aim to be the number one budget hotel chain in Ireland.  

“The site is within an exciting regeneration area and we’re confident it will trade strongly being right across the street from the Teeling Whiskey Distillery and within walking distance of the Guinness Storehouse, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Christchurch.”

 Last month, Whitbread secured planning permission for an 80-bedroom hub by Premier Inn on Camden High Street.

The hotel, which will be built on the site of the former Sports Direct store on the corner of Camden High Street and Delancey Street, will be Whitbread’s second Hub by Premier Inn hotel in the borough of Camden on opening.

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