A NEW £6million hotel complex will create 21 jobs and bring £1.3million to Wearside’s economy.
Travelodge has announced its development in High Street West will open this year and the firm is already recruiting for a variety of posts including managers, receptionists, housekeepers, cleaners and bar staff.
Michelle Luxford, human resources director at Travelodge, said: “We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and committed individuals who want a long-term career in hospitality.”
Developers were granted planning permission to build a four-storey building in Sunniside, housing an 82-bedroom hotel with a mix of commercial premises on the ground floor, in November.
Originally, the hotel was expected to expected to provide 12 part-time and six full-time jobs, but the firm has now announced it will employ 21 rather than 18 staff.
The ground-floor development is expected to create about 30 jobs.
The hotel will open in the autumn.
City leaders have said Sunderland is in desperate need of new hotel accommodation if it wants to boost its economy and capitalise on growing visitor and tourist interest in the area.
High-profile events such as the Stadium of Light concerts have pulled tens of thousands of visitors into Sunderland, but the city does not have enough accommodation to keep overnight stoppers in the city.
Coach trips regularly come to the city for big-name shows at the Sunderland Empire – but leave again after the performance.
Speaking as the development was granted planning permission, Hendon councillor Michael Mordey said: “We need more hotels, a lot more hotels in the city. I’m really pleased to see this one come forward and hopefully once it’s on site it will drag in others.”
The new Sunderland Travelodge is one of 41 hotels the firm is opening across the UK this year creating a total of 880 new jobs.
The firm said it is also creating a further 120 new apprenticeship places on its successful Junior Management Programme (JuMP), which was launched last year.
Travelodge said the JuMP scheme was “developed to support Travelodge’s aggressive growth strategy and to help Britain’s unemployed youngsters back into work”.
The company claims it also offers school leavers an alternative career choice to going to university.
Guy Parsons, Travelodge chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be opening even more new hotels and creating even more new jobs this year compared to 2011.
“Despite the ongoing tough economic climate, Travelodge is continuing to open hotels at a faster rate than anyone else and create much-needed jobs, which is exactly what the British economy needs right now.”