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Travelodge confirms Tenby as one of the key locations for firm’s expansion

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TRAVELODGE has announced that it is actively looking for seven new hotels sites across Wales and Tenby has been chosen as one of the key locations. This will be Travelodge’s first hotel to open in Tenb, the firm said.

The other six locations to make the Travelodge Wales expansion programme are: Aberystwyth, Penarth, Pwllheli, Swansea, Torfaen/Blaenau and Wrexham.

Collectively this expansion programme represents an investment of £45 million for third party investors and will create 200 new jobs which include 25 in Wrexham.

Tenby has been identified as a key target area, as it is growing from strength to strength and attracting record visitor numbers. However there remains a shortage of good quality, low cost accommodation.

Opening a Travelodge hotel in Tenby would represent an investment of around £7 million for third party investors and create 25 new jobs.

The new hotel would also help attract new visitors to the area and boost the local economy, as Travelodge research shows its customers spend, on average, double their room rate with local businesses which equates to a multimillion spend annually.

This expansion programme was announced today at the official opening of Rhyl Seafront Travelodge, the hotel company’s 576th hotel and it’s 27th in Wales.

Rhyl Seafront Travelodge is the company’s first hotel in Rhyl and it is the first branded hotel to open by the beach. The hotel represents a £5 million investment for the landlord, Denbighshire County Council and has created 25 new jobs. Rooms are available from £29.

Tony O’Brien, Travelodge Development Director said: “As Wales’ first branded budget hotel chain we are delighted to celebrate 32 years of trading in Wales by opening our first hotel in Rhyl and announcing plans to open a further seven hotels including our first in Tenby.”

Tony O’Brien continued: “During the last three decades we have become symbolic in Wales for offering great value. However, with locations such as Tenby growing from strength to strength there is a shortage of good quality and low cost accommodation to fulfil demand. Therefore we are looking to expand our portfolio in Wales with a further seven hotels, this will boost our presence to 34.”

Collectively this investment represents an investment of £45 million for third party investors, and would create 200 new jobs. The other locations are: Aberystwyth, Penarth, Pwllheli, Swansea, Torfaen/Blaenau and Wrexham.”

This expansion is also great news for the Welsh economy, as our research shows Travelodge customers spend double their room rate with local businesses during their stay which equates to a multimillion spend annually.

Tourism into Tenby is continuing to grow thanks to the area being the most iconic seaside town in Wales, rivalling places like Mevagissey and Polperro for quaintness and charm.

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Dale Road: Several have minor injuries after two vehicle accident

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EMERGENCY SERVICES are attending a two-vehicle road traffic accident on the B4327 Dale Road.

Two fire crews from Haverfordwest as well as police were called at around 3pm today (Aug 16).

A van and a car are involved.

Avoid the area at the present time

The Herald understands that several people are being treated for minor injuries.

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Tenby: Hotel goes into administration as new owner’s business empire collapses

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A POPULAR Pembrokeshire hotel has gone into administration.

The Fourcroft Hotel in Tenby how faces an uncertain future. It’s parent company Northern Powerhouse Developments reportedly suffered a £14m operational loss last year.

The 40-bedroomed hotel, which had been in the ownership of the same family for over 70 years, was bought by Northern Powerhouse Developments for an undisclosed sum in January 2017.

New boss Gavin Woodhouse said at the time: “This is the first of four hotels we are acquiring and opening in South Wales to complement our existing hotels up and down the coastline of the United Kingdom.”

“The Fourcroft will be the sister hotel to the Llandudno Bay Hotel and Spa and part of the group’s premier hotel collection.

“We are keen to compliment the local businesses and hope to be part of the future success of Tenby and the surrounding areas.”

NPD was founded by Gavin Woodhouse to focus on investment in the leisure and tourism industry.

According to ITV News, at the High Court hearing, Justice Alastair Norris was told that Woodhouse had been withdrawing tens of thousands of pounds from a bank account he had kept secret from administrators.

Below: Video by The Guardian regarding the missing millions which have plagued Gavin Woodhouse’s businesses

Appointment of Administrators

In the High Court of Justice

Court Number: CR-2019-005297

FOURCROFT HOTEL (TENBY) LIMITED

(Company Number 00772050)

Nature of Business: Hotels and similar accommodation

Registered office: Unit D2 Elland Riorges Link, Lowfields Business Park, Elland, HX5 9DG

Principal trading address: The Croft, Tenby, SA70 8AP

Date of Appointment: 8 August 2019

Names and Address of Administrators: Philip Francis Duffy (IP No. 9253) and Sarah Helen Bell (IP No. 9406) both of Duff & Phelps Ltd, The Chancery, 58 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 1EW

Further details contact: The Joint Administrators, Tel: 0161 827 9000. Alternative contact: Chloe Chan, Email: Chloe.Chan@duffandphelps.com

Ag JG50885

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Coastguard call-out after missing cliff climbers fears

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EMERGENCY services were called to the Stack Rocks area on Thursday August 15, following concerns for the safety of two climbers.

The emergency services were called following fears over the safety of some climbers when climbing gear had been found at the top of the cliff near Bullslaughter Bay, with the owners nowhere to be seen.

At 9.11pm, Tenby Coastguard rescue team, St Govan coastguard rescue team, Tenby Lifeboats RNLI ALB, Angle Lifeboat RNLI ALB and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 were called to search for possible missing persons in the vicinity of Stack rocks.

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched just after 9pm and made best speed towards the scene, 10 miles west of Tenby, while Tenby and St Govans Coastguard rescue teams and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 also made their way.

An RNLI spokesman said: “Once on scene, the volunteer crew began their search from Stackpole Head towards Bullslaughter Bay.

“With darkness fast approaching, it was decided to launch Angle all-weather lifeboat so that the search for anyone in difficulty could be widened.

“Sometime later, the helicopter spotted some climbers and directed Angle lifeboat to their position, and, while speaking to them, they confirmed it was their climbing gear and that they were in no difficulty.

“All units stood down and returned to their respective stations, with Tenby lifeboat arriving back on station at about 12.15am.”

H M Coastguard Tenby, posting on Facebook, added: “Coastguard and RNLI were quickly on the scene with the Coastguard officers searching from land along the coastline and RNLI lifeboats commencing a water search.

“Once Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 arrived on scene they managed to quickly locate two climbers using FLIR [Forward-Looking Infra-Red].

“Angle RNLI was then directed to the persons and made contact with the climbers and confirmed that the equipment found belonged to them and that they did not require assistance.”

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