Trav­elodge of­fers coun­cil partern­er­ship on ho­tels

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A BUD­GET ho­tel chain has writ­ten to Sefton Coun­cil to sug­gest an in­no­va­tive part­ner­ship to sup­port re­gen­er­a­tion.

The let­ter has been ad­dressed to coun­cils in Sefton, Liverpool and Hal­ton.

Dur­ing the past three years, Trav­elodge has com­pleted seven lo­cal au­thor­ity de­vel­op­ment part­ner­ship deals.

A spokesman for the firm said that these be­spoke agree­ments have had unique fund­ing struc­tures, all of which have en­abled the coun­cils to utilise their as­sets, cre­ate jobs, gen­er­ate in­come, and helped re­gen­er­ate land in strate­gic lo­ca­tions.

Ho­tels in the pro­gramme are built on sur­plus lo­cal au­thor­ity land, with the fund­ing pro­vided ei­ther through the au­thor­ity’s in­ter­nal re­source or via low-cost fund­ing from the Pub­lic Works Loan Board or third party re­sources.

Upon com­ple­tion of the ho­tel de­vel­op­ment, coun­cils have the choice of ei­ther re­tain­ing own­er­ship of the ho­tel and re­ceiv­ing an an­nual rent or sell­ing the ho­tel, with Trav­elodge as its op­er­a­tor.

Trav­elodge chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Gow­ers said: “More and more lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are un­der pres­sure to find ways to help re­gen­er­ate their his­toric town cen­tres and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“Adding a low-cost ho­tel like Trav­elodge is an in­creas­ingly at­trac­tive choice, as it draws vis­i­tors, cre­ates jobs and helps boost the lo­cal econ­omy.

“Our cus­tomers are trav­el­ling more fre­quently and we are open­ing new ho­tels to en­sure we are in lo­ca­tions where they want to be. We are look­ing for more sites to drive our ex­pan­sion pro­gramme and today we are writ­ing to more than 200 other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, to in­vite them to con­sider how Trav­elodge can act as a cat­a­lyst to drive their lo­cal de­vel­op­ment agenda.”

The cost to the NHS of smok­ing re­lated ill­nesses is now £2.6bn a year

Trav­elodge is of­fer­ing part­ner­ships to coun­cils

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