Premier Inn opens second location in Cork

Whitbread PLC, the owner of Premier Inn, has secured a second site for Premier Inn in Cork City, a popular tourist destination located in the west of Ireland.

The company has acquired the site of the Leisureplex entertainment complex in the Victorian Quarter of Cork City, with plans to transform it into a 168-bedroom Premier Inn hotel, pending planning permission. During the planning and development phase, Whitbread has assured that the Leisureplex entertainment complex will remain operational and continue its activities.

Matt Gent, Development Manager for Whitbread in Ireland, said: ‘Cork is a hugely successful city with thriving business, education, research, and visitor economies. Paradoxically It is also under-served by the type of affordable, flexible, and family-friendly hotel accommodation that Premier Inn provides so well.

‘We recently opened a new Premier Inn at Morrisons Quay to the south of Cork City and investing in a second location to the east of the city centre underlines our confidence in Cork as a visitor destination and secures another well-positioned hotel for our guests to enjoy in Ireland.’

Whitbread recently inaugurated the first Premier Inn in Cork on January 29, 2024. The riverfront hotel, boasting 187 bedrooms and developed alongside three office buildings, generated 40 new employment opportunities focused on Cork City.

Currently, Whitbread offers over 1,000 Premier Inn bedrooms across six operational locations in Dublin and Cork. The company envisions the potential for approximately 3,500 Premier Inn bedrooms throughout Ireland over time.

Norwich Airport announces return of flights to Jersey for summer

Norwich Airport has announced the return of flights to Jersey with the start of Blue Islands’ new summer service.

The new direct Norwich to Jersey flights will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer up until September 24.

Blue Islands have partnered with Premier Holidays to offer a range of holidays to Jersey from Norwich Airport. Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands between England and France. In the UK flights are on offer to Aberdeen, Exeter, Guernsey and Jersey, and can be booked via www.norwichairport.co.uk

Rob Veron, Chief Executive of Blue Islands, said: ‘We’ve seen an excellent response to our convenient twice-weekly service, proving a popular option for those in the Norwich area looking forward to once again enjoying the warm welcome of Jersey’.

Mark Godfrey, Director of Premier Holidays, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be working with Blue Islands on the Norwich to Jersey service. By offering a wide selection of competitively priced holidays to Jersey including short breaks, luxury gourmet stays, traditional package holidays, coach groups and self-catering options, Premier Holidays have secured strong forward sales for the 2022 season.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director at Exeter Airport, said: ‘Jersey is a very welcome addition to our summer schedule, and we’re delighted to be offering passengers even more choice from their local airport. We’re offering 17 direct destinations in nine countries in 2022/23, plus worldwide connectivity via Amsterdam, and are seeing a significant increase in passengers.’

According to the release, countries reached directly from Norwich Airport in 2022/23 include Bulgaria (Bourgas), Cyprus (Paphos), Greece (Corfu, Crete, Rhodes), Italy (Bergamo, gateway to the Italian Lakes), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Spain – Balearics (Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca), Spain – Canaries (Tenerife), and Turkey (Dalaman). There are also day trips and arctic experiences to Lapland.