Founded in 1985, Travelodge operates more than 560 hotels and employs almost 12,000 people across the UK, Ireland and Spain. Under chief executive Peter Gowers, 46, it welcomed 19m customers in 2017. In March, it revealed plans to open 20 hotels by the end of the year, including its largest new build to date: the 395-room hotel, which opened in London this summer, brings its total in the capital to 70.
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