Travelodge’s new hotel at the Chelston roundabout is nearing completion. The hotel opens in November, creating 15 jobs and bringing an estimated £1m a year to the Wellington economy. Ironically it is just a stone’s throw from the Co-op distribution depot where 350 jobs will have been lost the previous month.
The no-frills hotel will have 63 bedrooms but no conference facilities or restaurant. Rooms at the new Travelodge will be £19 per night if booked 21 days in advance.
Guy Parsons, Travelodge Chief Executive said: : “We have always focused on providing good customer service. Performing as well as we do proves that if people choose a budget option it doesn’t mean that they will receive poorer customer service. On the contrary, we are outperforming the more expensive options in the market.”
“Despite the ongoing tough economic climate, Travelodge is continuing to open hotels at a faster rate than anyone else and create much needed jobs; which is exactly what the British economy needs right now.
Across the UK Travelodge will be opening 41 hotels (3610 rooms) this year creating 880 new jobs across the country. In addition to these positions, Travelodge is also creating a further 120 new apprenticeship places on its successful Junior Management Programme (JuMP), which was launched last year.
The bespoke JuMP scheme was developed to support Travelodge’s aggressive growth strategy and to help Britain’s unemployed youngsters back into work. It also offers school leavers an alternative career choice rather than entering higher education.
The fast track management programme provides a real job, with the opportunity of on-the-job training throughout the business, combined with further education and the opportunity to earn up to £30,000 in hotel management in three years.