An announcement of plans by a national hotel chain to open a site in Harwich has been welcomed by Tendring District Council.
Travelodge has unveiled proposals to open ten new hotels at cruise ship terminal sites around the UK, including in Harwich within Tendring.
Zoe Fairley, Tendring District Council Cabinet Member for Investment and Growth, said it was fantastic news that Travelodge was looking to run a hotel in Harwich.
“This shows that others outside of Harwich are picking up on what we have known for a long time – that Harwich and Dovercourt is a really up-and-coming destination,” she said.
“There are already some excellent hotels in the area, but the arrival of a big chain that can cater for more people can only be a good thing in attracting people visiting the town – whether from England or arriving on a cruise ship – to stay longer, and of course also providing jobs.
“This will build on the existing work to make Harwich a real tourist destination ready for the Mayflower 400 celebrations in 2020, and beyond.
“A string of high profile US journalists have been coming to the area and writing positive pieces for audiences of millions of Americans, who all have an interest in Harwich as the origins of their nation.”