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Admiral Park one option for Premier Inn

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ADMIRAL Park is one site where a Premier Inn could be built in Guernsey, although it is understood that other locations in the Town centre are also being looked at.

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The budget hotel chain revealed in an open letter last week that it was looking to come to the island within the next two years, but has not identified any sites at the moment.

Economic Development has been made aware of the company’s intention, said the committee’s tourism lead Dawn Tindall.

There is currently an active planning application from Comprop for a 100-room hotel on the Admiral Park site, which was renewed last August.

‘But there are also possibilities in Town,’ she said, although she was not in a position to give more details.

She was pleased when news of the company’s plans broke: ‘My immediate reaction was “great, we can start talking about it now”,’ she said. ‘It has been mentioned at committee meetings and discussions are ongoing.’

The fact that the company was considering the island was a positive thing, but now it had gone public that boosted confidence, she added.

Economic Development had started talking about the idea of a local Premier Inn soon after one opened in Jersey.

In the letter, the chain’s MD Simon Ewins said they were looking at a second site in Jersey and were investigating opening a hotel in Guernsey within two years, potentially having between 65 and 100 bedrooms.

The venture would tie in well with the tourism strategy, said Deputy Tindall, and the promotion of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film, the effects of which are most likely to peak in about five years.

A spokesman for Admiral Park site owners Comprop said there was nothing to say at the moment.

Mark Ogier

By Mark Ogier
News reporter

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