Travelodge announced ambitions to build a hotel in Falmouth after the opening of Camborne Redruth Travelodge on Trevenson Gateway today, along with seven others.

The budget hotel chain plans to double its Cornwall portfolio, potentially building branches in: Falmouth, Bude, Isles of Scilly, Looe/Fowey, Newquay, Penzance, St Ives and Truro.

Camborne Redruth Travelodge is the company's seventh in Cornwall. There are currently Travelodge hotels in Hayle, St Austell, Newquay, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Saltash.

This new hotel represents an investment of £5 million and has created 15 new jobs in the area.

Gary Steele, Travelodge, South West Regional Director said: “I am delighted to officially open our first hotel in Camborne Redruth. Our new 571st Travelodge hotel is a great addition and is ideally located to help attract new visitors to the area. This is great news for the local economy as previous research suggests that on average, Travelodge customers will spend double their room price with local businesses during their stay.”

“The Cornwall economy is growing at pace, and as the UK’s top staycation destination, visitor numbers are increasing year on year, however there is still a shortage of good quality accommodation at a great value price. Therefore to meet this growing consumer demand, we are actively looking for hotel sites in the following locations: Bude, Falmouth, Isles of Scilly, Looe/Fowey, Newquay, Penzance, St Ives and Truro. This proposed expansion programme could boost Travelodge’s portfolio to 15 hotels in Cornwall and create around 160 new jobs.”

Camborne-Redruth Travelodge is being managed by Julian Knowles. Before the hotel opened, he received a record 1,000 number of applications from people wanting to join his 15 strong hotel team. The calibre of candidates was so high, that Julian hired his full team in just one day.

Julian Knowles, Camborne-Redruth Travelodge Hotel Manager said: “I am very proud to have built a fantastic team who are as passionate as me about delivering great customer service. Our new hotel has got off to a flying start and we are set for a busy festive season. It looks like we will be the town’s spare room provider as lots of locals have booked rooms for their family and friends who are visiting this Christmas.”