Planning permission granted as new hotel targets growing corporate and tourism market
Plans for a new 75 bedroom Travelodge hotel at Discovery Park in Sandwich have been granted full planning permission by Dover District Council. The hotel is being funded by Maritime Capital Developments, a major investor at Discovery Park and will be operated under a 25-year lease by Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain which operates 586 hotels in the UK, Ireland and Spain.
Cllr MJ Holloway, DDC Cabinet Member for tourism, said: “We’re delighted to see this major new hotel investment in Sandwich, providing accommodation for the growing business community at Discovery Park, as well as the local tourism economy of East Kent.”
Tony O’Brien, Travelodge UK Development Director, said: “Following the success of our Dover opening at St James in 2017, we’re delighted to be opening our first hotel in the area of Sandwich. The hotel will feature an onsite restaurant called the Bar-Café as well as a car park.
“We’re looking forward to working with Discovery Park and the local tourism industry to help attract more business and leisure visitors to this part of Kent.”
Toby Hunter, Chief Executive of Maritime Capital, said: “From our experience in managing Discovery Park, we knew it was the perfect location for a hotel operator, with the potential for strong occupancy levels from both the business and leisure markets.
“Securing a hotel on site is a key part of Discovery Park’s masterplan to strengthen its position as one of the world’s leading science and innovation hubs. We look forward to working with Travelodge on this exciting development.”
Posted on 08 October 2019