HOTEL chain Travelodge says it wants to open more hotels and perhaps one in Tilbury as it seeks to benefit from a rise in cruise tourism.
Travelodge property director Tony O’Brien said: “The cruise boom is still under way and predicted to grow from strength to strength therefore we are getting on board now and looking for 10 new hotel sites at UK’s growing ports, which includes Tilbury.”
“This overall expansion represents an investment of £60m for third party investors and will create around 300 new jobs. With more Britons taking to the waves, our port based hotels are benefiting from holidaymakers stopping over before embarking and returning from their voyage.”
As well as Tilbury, Travelodge wants to build hotels at Glasgow, Harwich, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Hull, Portsmouth, Southampton, Poole and Newcastle.
The expansion would boost Travelodge’s presence to 42 hotels at the UK’s busiest ferry and cruise ports.