Premier Inn owner Whitbread is strengthening its presence in Scotland by opening five new hotels in Scotland during 2020,
The new hotels will include a new 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 this year – a mixture of the five new hotels and extensions. The openings represent an investment of over £70 million, and will create an estimated 200 new jobs.
The new openings also include a 60-bed hotel in Aviemore, a town in the Cairngorms National Park popular with people wanting to enjoy spectacular Highlands scenery. Openings also include an 85-bed hotel in Thurso, set to become Premier Inn’s most Northerly in the UK to date.
2020 Scottish openings
- Aviemore 60-bed hotel-bed hotel
- Edinburgh City Centre Waverley 136
- Glasgow St Enoch Square 249-bed hotel
- Glasgow Hamilton 96-bed hotel
- Thurso 85-bed hotel
Additional room capacity is also being added to hotels in:
- Edinburgh East
- Fort William
- 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.
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).