Hotel group BDL is to open two Express by Holiday Inns at a cost of nearly £13m.
The Glasgow-based group, which owns and operates hotels under licence from InterContinental Hotels, is opening a 116-bedroom Express by Holiday Inn at Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, in October, at a cost of about £4.5m.
This will be followed in the middle of next year by a 130-bedroom Express by Holiday Inn in Newcastle city centre, for £8m.
The announcement follows openings in Newport and Bedford and the opening of Ramada Encore hotels in west London and Swansea Bay.
BDL also operates a number of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels under franchise agreements, and is set to have some 17 hotels under its wing by the end of this year.
by Nic Paton
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