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Aviemore hotel part of £70 million Scottish investment by Premier Inn

By Gavin Musgrove

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Premier Inn has said that its investment commitment to Scotland is no Highland fling.

The company is due to open five new hotels in 2020 including in Aviemore.

The hotel giant is targetting an opening date for the end of this month for the 60 bedroom property subject to any delays caused by the weather.

Premier Inn owner Whitbread will also be opening a super-sized 249-bed hotel in Glasgow’s St Enoch Square and a 136-bed hotel on Edinburgh’s world-famous Princes Street.

Altogether it is on course to open 735 new beds by the end of this year – a mixture of the five new hotels and extensions.

Premier Inn staff have already been contributing to the communityin Aviemore be assiting with a litter pick earlier this week.
Premier Inn staff have already been contributing to the communityin Aviemore be assiting with a litter pick earlier this week.

The openings represent an investment of over £70 million, and will create an estimated 200 new jobs including 20 positions in Aviemore.

Openings also include an 85-bed hotel in Thurso which will become Premier Inn’s most Northerly in the UK to date.

Additional room capacity is also being added to hotels in Edinburgh East, Fort William and Inverness West.

Premier Inn managing director Simon Ewins said: “We’re gearing up for an exciting year in Scotland with a variety of new hotels ranging from a 249-bed mega-hotel in one of Glasgow’s most iconic central locations to our most northerly site in the UK in Thurso.

"From its world-class cities to jaw-dropping Highlands, Scotland’s tourist offer is hard-to-beat and we’re pleased to help make it even easier for both leisure and business travellers to enjoy the country affordably."

Premier Inn is opening 37 hotels during the course of the calendar year UK-wide, comprising around 4,000 rooms.

A company spokesperson said: "Perhaps no-where will benefit more keenly from the job creation than more rural communities, many of which are traditionally associated with more limited year-round employment opportunities.

"When Premier Inn opens in a new location, up to 80 per cent of new jobs go to former NEETS (people not previously in education, employment or training)."

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