Travelodge are looking at opening a Hotel in Harrow.
The Harrow Observer reports that the budget accommodation chain is investigating opportunities, as is Hampton by Hilton. LB Harrow currently has around 900 rooms – which operate at over 100% occupancy. The Council wants to see this number rise by at least 10 per cent by 2012.
Travelodge the Observer: “We strongly believe there isn’t enough hotel capacity in London boroughs. Outer London is woefully under supplied. It’s fair to say we have identified a number of sites in Harrow that we are currently looking at developing. We’d consider an interest in taking over a going concern and we’d also look at new-build. For Harrow, the hotel will be between 50 and 120 rooms.”
A spokeswoman for Hampton by Hilton said: “There are sites across the UK that we are interested in and I can confirm Harrow is one of them. Hampton by Hilton hotels tend to be new-build. However, if there were opportunities to convert that’s no less a possibility.”
Eurotraveller Hotels have an undecided planning application to convert empty Scanmoor House in Northolt Road, South Harrow, into a 40-room hotel. Harrow Council seem to have a fair degree of interest in their plan to increase Hotel capacity.
The council’s tourism stategy aims to bring in a raft of measures to also increase spending by overseas visitors by 20 per cent to £96million and the total spend for all types of visitors by 10 per cent.