Around 20 jobs could be created after Travelodge announced its intention to open its first hotel in Newhaven.
A spokesman for Travelodge said it is looking to open a hotel in the town as part of a plan to open more sites in key port locations.
He said: “The success of the port of Newhaven means the company is looking to open in the town. In total, Travelodge is looking for 14 new hotels in key port locations, at an investment of £84 million. These hotels will create 350 new jobs.” The announcement was made at the opening of Travelodge’s new Southampton West Quay hotel on Wednesday (May 13).
Annie Lorys. president of Newhaven Chamber of Commerce welcomed the news.
She said: “The Newhaven Chamber of Commerce is delighted to hear that Travelodge is planning to open a hotel in Newhaven.
“We are very short of hotel accommodation in Newhaven - at the moment we just have the Premier Inn and one B & B so more hotel accommodation would be very welcome.
“A Travelodge will create new jobs - 20 I believe, which is always good news - and it will bring more people into Newhaven, creating more trade for our shops, cafes and restaurants. It will also help to increase the number of passengers using the Newhaven - Dieppe ferry service which is also excellent news for both Newhaven and Dieppe.
“Well done to Travelodge for recognising Newhaven’s potential as a location for one of their hotels - it is another step forward for the regeneration of Newhaven.”
It is not yet known where the new hotel could be built in the town
Newhaven Valley ward Cllr Steve Saunders said: “I am pleased to hear of Travelodge being interested in looking for a hotel site in the town. It shows that the regeneration that has begun in Newhaven, with the Rampion Wind Farm, the new UTC and investment in the port, is bearing fruit and attention is being focused on the opportunities we have to offer.
“Businesses are beginning to realise that we are perfectly positioned to benefit from the transport links we have via road, rail and ferry to both this country and Europe. We have been overlooked for some time, but residents are starting to feel that a corner has been turned and things are on the up. There’s still a long way to go, but the kick start that was needed appears to have happened.”
Paul Harvey, Travelodge Managing Director, Property said: “As a result of more Britons taking to the waves, we have also experienced a boom at Travelodge. Our port based hotels have seen a nine per cent rise in occupancy as Britons kick start their dream sea holiday by staying over in a Travelodge hotel prior to early embarkation.”
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