Travelodge to create 1,000 permanent jobs in Christmas recruitment drive

Francesca Washtell
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Peter Gowers has been at the helm of Travelodge since 2013 (Source: Travelodge)

British hotel chain Travelodge is planning to check in 1,000 new members of staff as it launches a Christmas recruitment drive to fill positions at dozens of locations across the country.

The budget hotelier is recruiting 160 staff for seven new hotel openings in Finchley, Stockport, East Grinstead, Kings Lynn, Andover and Peterhead. The group already operates more than 530 hotels and has over 10,000 existing staff members.

A further 50 roles in areas such as public relations, sales and finance are going at Travelodge's head office in Thame, Oxfordshire, while the group has also said it is looking to boost its nationwide in-house maintenance team, where a further 10 maintenance positions are open.

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The remaining 705 positions are based in Travelodge's across the UK for roles including hotel manager, receptionist and bar staff.

Debbie Husband, operations director at Travelodge, said:

Joining a hotel company opens the door to training, career progression and even roles in new countries. We are recruiting for key roles across our UK hotels and at head office.

At Travelodge, we have hundreds of colleagues who joined the company, from an entry level position and are now in a management or executive role.

Travelodge is committed to developing its people and we offer further education and training opportunities across the business. To date nearly 500 Travelodge employees have graduated into a management position by undertaking in-house development programmes.

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In January, Travelodge unveiled plans to open 19 hotels this year after completing a £100m makeover of its estate.

The following month, chief executive Peter Gowers announced Travelodge had put plans of a £1bn sale of the company on hold after posting record earnings of £100m the previous year.

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