Open for business, and bringing cash to town

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IT might not be the best summer in which to celebrate the benefits of stay at home holiday but that didn’t stop the bubbly being broken out at the official opening of Travelodge’s second hotel in Hemel Hempstead.

The 108-room development – a £6.5million investment which has created 20 jobs – welcomed Mayor of Dacorum Bert Chapman to do the honours.

It’s officially named the Hemel Hempstead Gateway Travelodge and as well as rooms from £19 a night there are also three food outlets, including Subway.

The hotel was built in record time to help cater for the expected boom in ‘staycation’ holidaymakers, taking breaks in the UK instead of going abroard and drawn to London by the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee events.

Councillor Chapman took a tour of the new hotel and met the new team, led by manager Elly Weston who said: “Our data shows the hotel is off to a flying start, and we expect to be fully booked for August Bank Holiday weekend.”

“By attracting new visitors to the town by offering accommodation from £19, we will boost the local economy by over £1.7million.”