Travelodge reveals Scottish plans

New Travelodge plans for Scottish expansion are set to create some 200 hospitality jobs.

The biggest independent chain of hotels in the UK has given word that it is searching for ten new sites north of the border, which represent 200 fresh jobs and a £75 million investment.

New jobs planned include room cleaner, housekeeper, receptionist, assistant hotel manager and manager.

Travelodge is planning another Aberdeen venue, and new locations in Oban, St Andrews, North Ayrshire, Motherwell, Wishaw, Hamilton, Falkirk, East Kilbride and Peterhead.

“There is a big opportunity to further expand in Scotland. At present, the value hotel market in Scotland stands at 14 per cent, compared to 18 per cent in England and more than 30 per cent in the US," said chief executive Peter Gowers.

"By 2030, the budget hotel sector could account for almost a quarter of the UK market, with a similar level of growth expected in Scotland."

The chain says it brought the value hotel concept to the people of Scotland in 1986, opening the first Travelodge in Stirling.

As well as being the biggest hotel operator in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, overall it operates 40 Scottish hotels, some in roadside locations and some in city centre and tourist areas.

Meanwhile, Travelodge has pumped £4 milion into the modernisation of the majority of its hotels in Scotland during the past year. Receptions, bar-cafes and guest rooms have all been revamped as part of this investment.

This is an aspect of the £57 million UK refurbishment programme that the brand is working on at the moment. It's planned that, come the autumn, more than eight in ten UK Travelodge rooms will have been revamped.