For the first time budget hotels account for more than half of the UK’s hotel development pipeline, with growth in the sector showing no signs of slowing down, according to a report by HVS, AlixPartners and AM:PM.
Results have been released from a survey commissioned by Postcode Anywhere which ranks Premier Inn as having the easiest website to use, and lists the frustrations customers have when trying to book hotels online.
Whitbread has announced plans to build the second of its new compact hotel brand Hub by Premier Inn alongside a Premier Inn as part of a £150m development to transform the Caltongate area of Edinburgh.
The UK’s largest hotel and restaurant group, Whitbread, has today reported ‘another good performance’ in its half-year results, with total and like-for-like sales increasing by 12.4 and 2.6 per cent respectively.
The battle for control over the budget hotel market has today taken another turn as Whitbread has announced the launch of ‘Hub by Premier Inn’, a new city centre brand offering rooms around 25 per cent cheaper than standard Premier Inn pricing.
The UK’s largest hotel chain Premier Inn has added more than 520 bedrooms to its expanding estate across the North West with new locations in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Staffordshire and North Wales.
The UK’s largest hotel and restaurants company Whitbread has outlined ambitious expansion plans and growth milestones for 2018 after delivering double-digit growth in sales, profit and dividend for the financial year to 28 February.
Hot off the heels of Travelodge opening its fifth hotel at Heathrow Airport,rival budget hotel operator Premier Inn has secured five new properties across the South East, creating over 225 jobs across the region.
In an exclusive video interview with BigHospitality, Travelodge chief executive Grant Hearn has revealed how he plans to learn from the growth of supermarkets as he leads the budget hotel operator following its turbulent recent past.
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Premier Inn, Costa Coffee and Beefeater operator Whitbread has reported a rise in like-for-like sales in the 13 weeks to 31 May driven by its coffee shop and hotel business but said a 'sharper focus' on restaurants was yielding results.
Premier Inn’s expansion programme has continued with the announcement that the Whitbread-owned hotel operator has secured eight new sites across the UK in just one week adding almost 750 rooms to the pipeline.
Restaurants, hotels and pubs from across the UK including Loch Fyne Restaurants, Travelodge, Premier Inn and Babylon tell BigHospitality about special events and promotions they’re running to attract more customers.
Whitbread, the UK’s largest hotel and restaurant group, has seen sales for the second quarter this year increase by 12.9 per cent, making it one of the fastest growing consumer-facing companies in the FTSE100.
Premier Inn operator Whitbread has reported a continued sales increase in its first financial quarter, but said that business suffered in April as a result of the extended Easter and the Royal Wedding holiday.
Hotel chain Premier Inn says that after just three months of launching a smartphone application it is now seeing over 5 per cent of all hotel bookings made on mobile phones, a figure it expects will double in the near future.