Budget hotel chain Travelodge announced the creation of 200 new jobs in the run-up to Christmas today.
Six new Travelodge hotels will opened in Maidenhead, Chichester, London Whetstone, Horsham, Paignton and Lancaster, where some 150 jobs need to be filled.
Positions available include hotel managers, receptionists, housekeepers, and bar staff. The six new Travelodge openings will boost the privately owned company's portfolio to 460 hotels and 31,171 rooms.
The remaining 50 jobs are for management positions for Travelodge hotels across the UK and for the company's head office in Thame, Oxfordshire. Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswomen, said: "These 200 new jobs are not just for Christmas; we are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and committed individuals who want a long-term career in hospitality."
Travelodge recruits its entry level staff for new hotels in partnership with the Job Centre Plus scheme - a programme that focuses on getting the local long-term unemployed back in to work. All successful candidates undertake a comprehensive four-week training programme.