Overall ranking: 61 (new entry)
Hotelier ranking: 10 (new entry)
The one-time boss of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in Asia-Pacific, Peter Gowers was appointed to head up Travelodge as chief executive in 2013, replacing industry stalwart Grant Hearn.
Launched in 1985, Travelodge was the UK's first budget hotel chain and today is the country's second-largest brand after Premier Inn, with 560 hotels across the UK, Ireland and Spain.
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