A group of 15 fresh hospitality jobs were recent created in Egham, Surrey, thanks to the introduction of a new Travelodge venue there.
Launched March 3rd, the hotel is Egham's first ever branded budget hotel venue. It also means that Travelodge's portfolio now stretches to 517 hotels, 18 of which are in Surrey.
Opened by Runnymede Borough Council leader Patrick Roberts and Travelodge regional director Gary Steele, the latest hotel includes 80 rooms and represents a £5.2 million investment.
Meanwhile, another 13 Surrey Travelodge venues are being revamped following a £1.5 million investment, a move the company hopes will help boost business within this part of England.
Ewa Sniegula has taken on the the role of Egham Travelodge's hotel manager. Her hospitality career began when she worked at Langley Travelodge in the role of room cleaner. Since then, she's been fast-tracked to management, previously managing Travelodge Twickenham.
"We are delighted to open the first branded budget hotel in Egham town centre. There is a growing demand for good value accommodation within the area and our new hotel is a great base for business and leisure travellers visiting Egham," commented regional director Gary Steele.
"By offering great quality rooms at unbeatable value we will help attract new visitors to the area. This will help to boost the local economy by £2 million annually and cement our position as the county’s favourite hotel brand for value."
Mr Steele added that Travelodge sees Surrey as a key area for growth and wants to expand its local portfolio, with its eye on sites in Moseley, Guildford and Shepperton.
Ms Sniegula says Egham Travelodge bookings for summer 2015 appear to be "very strong", with the venue's customer base of business users expanding fast.
The hotel's rooms' features include eco-showers in the bathroom, coffee and tea facilities in-room, flat screen-TVs and more.