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Travelodge to create more than 350 UK jobs with 17 new hotels

Travelodge is planning to open 17 new hotels this year, creating more than 350 jobs. Around £115 million will be invested in the expansion programme. Peter Gowers, Travelodge’s chief executive, said: “Despite the uncertainty facing the UK, the long-term prospects for low-cost hotels remain strong. “The next phase of our expansion plan will see us deliver more choice in more places than ever before. “We’ve come a long way from our early days by the side of the motorway and today’s Travelodge not only offers the same great value as…

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The rooms will set you back around £19.99 a night (Image: Professional Images/@Profimages)

easyHotel to open 14 new cut price hotels by 2020 – from £20 a night

The owners of easyHotel have announced plans to open five new branches this summer – alongside nine more in 2020. In a statement on Wednesday morning, bosses highlighted plans to open a spate of new hotels – including a new flagship branch in Milton Keynes – after the successful opening of three branches, totalling 290 rooms, earlier this year. It said five new branches equivalent to 517 rooms will open in the second half of 2019, while a further nine new hotels offering 1,096 rooms will open in the next…

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Saudi Arabia quietly tries to salvage plan to build a film industry

Seven months after the murder of Jamal  Khashoggi derailed Crown Prince Mohammed  bin  Salman’s plan to open up the country — and its $1 billion in potential box office — the kingdom is quietly mounting a comeback. “No one prepares you for success,” explained Cuba Gooding Jr. to a crowd in the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture on March 24. Taking part in a lengthy Q&A, the Oscar winner was the star attraction at the Saudi Film Festival, posing for selfies on the red carpet outside the striking 85,000-square-foot…

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