TRAVELODGE has revealed plans to build three more hotels in Portsmouth, a move which would create 90 jobs.
The company, which already operates two sites in the city, says it is part of an £84m plan to open more hotel sites across the UK in key port locations.
The announcement was made today at the opening of Travelodge’s new Southampton West Quay hotel.
Paul Harvey, Travelodge managing director for 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.
‘To support this growing holiday trend, we are looking for a further 14 new hotel sites at UK’s busiest Port locations. This includes sites in Southampton, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Liverpool, Newcastle and Harwich.’
James Cooper, chief executive officer of Associated British Ports, said: ‘The UK’s ports are going through something of a renaissance at the moment, with significant investments taking place across the country.
‘One of the fastest growing segments has been ferry traffic as people increasingly appreciate that ferries offer better value and less hassle than the alternatives.
‘Also add the extraordinary growth in the cruise industry in recent years and it is not surprising that demand for hotels in our ports is also increasing.’