Premier Inn announces four new hotel openings for Scottish staycations in summer

Whitbread, the owner of the Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn hotel brands, is preparing for a summer of staycations in Scotland with four new hotels set to open in the coming months.

The new hotels include a new Premier Inn in Glasgow city centre, a new hotel on Edinburgh’s Princes Street and the most northerly Premier Inn in the UK at Thurso in the Highlands. The new hotels will add more than 550 new bedrooms into Premier Inn’s growing network in Scotland and are expected to create around 150 new year-round jobs ahead of the busy summer trading period.

Alex Flach, Development Director at Premier Inn, said: ‘We expect that this summer will be a busy year for staycations so it’s fantastic to have four new Premier Inn hotels opening in such popular locations in Scotland – from prime city centre sites to adventure tourism hotspots.

‘Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, we are committed to growing our network of Premier Inn hotels in Scotland and see strong long-term demand for our bedrooms in both urban and popular leisure locations. Our goal is to deliver new Premier Inn bedrooms into strategic locations where our brands are not currently represented and where we wish to improve our network and product for our guests.

‘We’re actively on the lookout for new opportunities to make it even easier for both leisure and business travelers to enjoy the country affordably.’

Located in Glasgow’s St Enoch Square, a new 249-bedroom hotel, will be the first in Scotland to include the Bar + Block Steakhouse restaurant brand and grows Premier Inn’s network of hotels in the centre of Scotland’s largest city to over 1,200 rooms.

On Edinburgh’s Princes Street, Whitbread will open a new 136-bedroom hotel, adding additional capacity in Edinburgh city centre. The most northerly Premier Inn will open in Thurso in May, located on the North Coast 500 tourist route in the Highlands, an increasingly popular spot for staycations and adventure tourism. Further, Whitbread is regenerating a key city centre site with a new Premier Inn and Beefeater in Hamilton town centre.

Whitbread has been expanding its leisure locations in Scotland in recent years, with new additions to its network at Aviemore and Oban, as well as extensions to popular trading hotels in Edinburgh and Inverness.

Whitbread secures two Travelodge sites for Premier Inn

Whitbread, the owner of the UK’s Premier Inn, has signed contracts to secure two trading Travelodge hotels for Premier Inn.

The agreements with separate private property owners will see the Travelodge Bury St Edmunds hotel and Travelodge London Uxbridge hotel convert into Premier Inns. The conversions will meet Premier Inn’s demand for additional bedrooms in the two prime locations.

Mark Anderson, Managing Director for Property and International at Whitbread, said: ‘Securing new Premier Inn hotels in Bury St Edmunds and Uxbridge is a strategic investment by Whitbread in popular markets for business and leisure travel. It’s part of our ongoing strategy of growing market share, through Whitbread’s strong balance sheet and financial flexibility and resilience, in locations where we are underrepresented and where we see opportunities to create long-term value for our shareholders and guests.’

The Travelodge Bury St Edmunds hotel, which opened in 2018, is located to the north of the town centre, close to transport connections and leading local employers such as British Sugar. Premier Inn’s existing hotel is located to the south, within Bury St Edmunds town centre.

The Travelodge Uxbridge hotel is located on Bakers Road adjacent to Uxbridge underground station. Premier Inn has been actively pursuing a site in Uxbridge town centre to complement its existing 80-bedroom Premier Inn hotel on Riverside Way, west of the town centre, which opened in February 2016.

The time schedule for the conversion of the hotels into Premier Inns is yet to been confirmed.

Whitbread PLC is the owner of Premier Inn with over 800 hotels comprising over 78,000 rooms and restaurant brands including Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table, Bar + Block, Whitbread Inns and Cookhouse + Pub. Whitbread currently operates a 75-bedroom Premier Inn hotel on Reingate Street in Bury St Edmunds Town Centre which opened in 2015. The Travelodge Bury St Edmunds hotel is located on Etna Road in the town.

Whitbread Properties Reduce Carbon Emissions

Whitbread PLC, the owner of UK-based Premier Inn brand of hotels, has announced a sustainability strategy to reduce its carbon emissions.

The company, which is the owner of the Costa and Premier Inn brands, has reported reductions of around 1,579 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2011, from its hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops, as stated in the company’s tenth annual Environment Report, which released on June 1, 2012. The savings are equivalent to an 11 percent reduction in carbon emissions, compared to sales revenue.

Chris George, the head of energy and environment at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said, ‘Our ambition at Whitbread is to lead the hospitality industry to a more sustainable future. To do that we have set ourselves stretching targets to reduce our energy and water consumption and cut waste across the business. Our recent performance shows we can hit the numbers whilst delivering strong returns to our shareholders.

Given the scale of our business, the small changes we make at our sites to mitigate our energy consumption can yield huge carbon reductions across the UK and minimise the impact of our business on the environment.’

The company is installing energy saving technology at existing properties, as well as investing in new sustainable hotels and restaurants properties, and training employees in the implementation of energy and water saving procedures, as part of its sustainability programme.

Whitbread has set a target of achieving a 25 percent reduction in carbon emissions, a 15 percent reduction in water consumption, and zero waste to landfill by 2017, relative to sales, and compared with a 2009 baseline.