A HOTEL chain has revealed plans to create 1,000 jobs in a £100m investment programme.

Travelodge says it will open 15 new hotels, adding to the 500 it already runs, with new branches in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Glasgow, Manchester and Southampton.

The jobs will include managers, receptionists, cleaners and restaurant staff.

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Peter Gowers, Travelodge chief executive, said: “During the last year we modernised more than 200 of our hotels across the country and we are on schedule to transform the majority by the autumn.

“With this further investment in new hotels, we're delighted to be expanding into new locations where our customers want to go, for both business and leisure.

“As a result of our ongoing trading and expansion, well be recruiting 1,000 people this year, offering a further boost for local economies and creating more opportunities for career development in the growing hospitality industry.”

Travelodge already has operates a number of North-East hotels, including branches in Darlington, Durham City and Middlesbrough.