Budget hotel chain Travelodge has announced a \u2018major\u2019 summer recruitment drive with plans to open 10 new hotels by 2016.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe company said it will be seeking to recruit 750 new employees across the UK - including 250 new jobs as a direct result of the 10 new hotel openings - before the end of the year.\r\n\r\nJob recruitment started yesterday and included positions such as hotel manager, assistant hotel manager, receptionist, housekeeper, guest room cleaner and bar cafe assistant roles, as well as roles in the company\u2019s hotel support centre in Thame, Oxfordshire.\r\n\r\nAs a result, the company has launched a new careers website to support the recruitment drive which will include current vacancies as well as information about working at Travelodge, alongside video testimonials from existing staff members.\r\n\r\nPeter Gowers, chief executive, said: "The hotel business is a place where you really can climb the career ladder and where your work can take you all over the world.\r\n\r\n\u201cOver the last few years at Travelodge we've helped more than 3,000 people get into work and more than 400 become hotel managers. The opportunities are out there. It\u2019s all about getting that first foot on the ladder."\r\n\r\nThe recruitment drive follows the company\u2019s recent financial report for the first half of 2015, in which Travelodge reported a 17.9% surge in total revenue to \u00a3261m. The growth in revenue comes amid rumours of a potential \u00a31bn sale or stock market float.