12 JULY 2010

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Article from BTNews 12 JULY 2010

Whitbread at Gatwick

GATWICK AIRPORT has a new Premier Inn situated in Fleming Way in the Crawley Business Quarter.  The new build property offers 204 rooms and is the sixth Whitbread/Premier Inn in the Gatwick conurbation.  Speaking at a briefing last week Chris Rogers, Group Finance Director, said that occupancy was 13% up in occupancy for the last quarter and that the transformation of Whitbread from a multi-brand hospitality operation to one focused on just two core businesses was proving most successful (its other being the Costa coffee shop chain).  Gone are most of the franchise operations including Marriott Hotels, Pizza Hut and T.G.I. Friday.  Premier Inn says it is concentrating on sites where there is an adjoining food outlet, usually a Beefeater.  Whitbread is also applying a focus on the business traveller.  The company owns the freehold of 80% of its properties, a completely different approach to some of its competitors.  easyJet’s Andrew Harrison joins Whitbread shortly as Chief Executive. www.whitbread.co.uk

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