Travelodge has revealed plans to open 300 new hotels across the UK, with plans for thirteen venues across the North East.

The major hotel chain revealed the plans as part of an estimated £3bn investment that could create 9,000 jobs nationwide including 325 in our region.

New hotels could be in the pipeline in Darlington, County Durham, Teesside, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and North Yorkshire.

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The company has written to 220 local authorities across Britain proposing joint development partnerships which it says would stimulate regeneration and economic growth.

Where are the new hotels planned?

The thirteen locations where Travelodge plans to open new hotels are:

  • Darlington
  • Durham
  • Stockton
  • Hexham
  • North Shields
  • South Shields
  • Whitby
  • Redcar
  • Middlesbrough
  • Knaresborough/Whetherby
  • Northallerton
  • Ripon
  • York

Steve Bennett, Travelodge Chief Property & Development Officer said: “In the current climate, Local Authorities are under extreme pressure to invest in their economy and support regeneration projects.

"This is why we have written to three Local Authorities to offer our support as we have a requirement to nearly increase our portfolio with a further thirteen Travelodge hotels across the region.

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“Our effective, innovative co-partnership development deals are spearheading regional economic growth and providing a solid long-term revenue stream.

“Britain is now a nation of budget travellers, with more of us choosing to stay in budget hotels than any other hotel type, and this trend is set to grow, which is why we are looking to expand our UK hotel network with a further 300 hotels.

“Adding a Travelodge hotel can be a catalyst to attract new businesses, support regeneration, bring vacant buildings back into economic use as well as attracting thousands of new overnight visitors to the area and revitalising High Streets.

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“In addition, our research shows that, on average, Travelodge customers will spend at least double their room rate with local businesses during their stay – this can be an annual, multimillion-pound boost into the local economy.”

Last year the Echo reported how Durham and South Shields were among locations picked out by Travelodge as potential target areas for new hotels, after the opening of a new location in Hexham.

Knaresborough/Wetherby, Northallerton, Ripon and Thirsk were also floated a possible sites, as well as the company wanting to find a second location in Middlesbrough.