Budget hotel brand Travelodge has opened a new 70-bedroom hotel in Gosport, Hampshire.
The property is the company’s 589th hotel and its 19th property in Hampshire. It is also the first of two hotels the hotel chain is opening in the county this year.
The second hotel will be located in Portsmouth city centre and will be the company’s third hotel in the city.
Gosport Travelodge represents an investment of £6.5m for third party investors and has also created 20 new jobs within the local community.
Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, said: “It is fantastic to see Travelodge investing in Gosport High Street- it comes in the wake of the recent announcement of Heritage Action Zones funding, which will continue to breathe new life into our high street.
“The hotel creates 20 brand new jobs, offering invaluable employment opportunities to local people.”
Bryn Taylor, Travelodge regional director for south east, said: “As Hampshire’s first budget hotel chain, we are delighted to be opening two hotels in the county this year. Gosport is growing from strength to strength and we are delighted to have opened our first hotel in the heart of the town centre.
“It will certainly be a magnet that will attract new business and leisure travellers to the area.”
He added: “This is great news for the local economy; as our research shows customers will spend double their room rate during their stay with local businesses. Annually this can equate to a boost of £2m into the local economy.”