Hotel is open for business

CHEERS: Mayor Stuart Drummond (second right) officially opens the Travelodge in Hartlepool with a helping hand from hotel staff and (below) the new hotel
CHEERS: Mayor Stuart Drummond (second right) officially opens the Travelodge in Hartlepool with a helping hand from hotel staff and (below) the new hotel

A NEW £3m hotel has officially opened in Hartlepool.

And as the Travelodge at Hartlepool Marina opened its doors, experts predicted it would generate £1m of business for the town economy.

Mayor of Hartlepool, Stuart Drummond, has officially opened Travelodge’s first hotel in town. The new 65–room property has created 22 new jobs.

To celebrate the opening, the Mayor cut the ribbon and officially declared the hotel open for business. He also met the hotel team and took a tour of the premises.

Hartlepool Marina Travelodge is being managed by Steph Stokoe, who has worked for the company for six years and recently completed the Travelodge management development programme.

She has worked her way up the ladder after joining as a receptionist at Sedgefield in 2006.

Steph’s new team has been recruited via the Jobcentreplus scheme which helps the long term unemployed back into work.

As part of their induction training staff members undertook a comprehensive four week training programme at a nearby Travelodge hotel, and a “sleep seminar” to make sure they were fully equipped to ensure their customers get a good night’s sleep.

Steph said: “With excellent retail and leisure facilities nearby, we are expecting to see a real rise in demand for good quality budget accommodation.”

“By attracting new visitors to Hartlepool Marina Travelodge we will boost the local economy by £1m as our research shows the average Travelodge customer will spend on average £36 a day in local shops, restaurants and bars during their stay.”

Hartlepool Marina is one of 41 Travelodge hotels opening this year, creating over 1,000 jobs.