Travelodge has presented Milton Keynes with a new herd of life-size cows to celebrate its 18th anniversary in the town and the opening of its fourth MK hotel. The original Milton Keynes world-famous concrete cows, which were created in 1978 by Canadian artist, Liz Leyh were moo-ved earlier this year from their town centre home to the MK museum.
Travelodge has appointed Jonathan Greensted to the newly-created position of chief technology officer. Greensted will report directly to the chief executive, Peter Gowers. Within his new role he will be responsible for ensuring innovative technology drives the business forward, through the development of the company’s customer-facing and internal technology applications.
Travelodge will open 19 new hotels in 2016, with an investment value of £140 million. This expansion is expected to create 450 new jobs and increase the company’s network to 542 hotels.
Independent hotel chain Travelodge has partnered with hospitality technology firm, Monscierge to develop a series of technology platforms to help the customer journey, from planning right through to checking-out and sharing their hotel experience socially.
Travelodge is capitalising on its strong performance with the 2015 opening of 15 new hotels across the UK, with an investment value of almost £100 million. The openings will include properties in Glasgow, Southampton, Bristol and the Thames Valley and four in London
Travelodge launched a new £25 million advertising campaign to inspire Britain to get up and go. The campaign, which is the biggest advertising spend to date for the company features scenes shot across Britain and highlights the new Travelodge look, being delivered through a £57 million hotel modernisation programme. This includes the installation of more than 37,000 new bespoke king size Travelodge Dreamer beds.
To help evoke the true spirit of Christmas, Travelodge is continuing with its very own festive tradition of offering a free room to couples called Mary and Joseph during the 12 days of Christmas.
Travelodge has announced the appointment of Peter Gowers as its new chief executive officer to succeed Grant Hearn. Gowers will start on the November 25th and joins the budget hotel chain from Safestore Holdings, where he has served as chief executive since 2011.
Travelodge has revealed that after ten years of dedicated service, Grant Hearn has decided to move on from his role as chief executive officer. Hearn joined Travelodge in 2003 as chief executive after previously working for Hilton UK & Ireland as managing director for three years.
Looking to get a little something extra out of this year’s summer vacation? Take a ZOOcation! Stay two consecutive nights at your favorite Travelodge(R) hotel and in addition to great rates and a comfy room, you’ll receive two complimentary children’s tickets good at more than 135 participating zoos across the country.
Following the successful completion of its financial restructuring and CVA in October 2012, Travelodge has been working with the landlords of 49 hotels to identify new operators. Further to this process, Travelodge today announces that it has signed a new franchise contract for seven hotels with Moto, the UK’s largest provider of motorway service areas.
Today in a UK first, London’s biggest hotelier, Travelodge has opened the first ever hotel above a comedy club.