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Britain's Most Loved Hotel Chain Springs into London

2 JULY 2015

The brand new Premier Inn at Kingston upon Thames has officially opened its doors to the public, marking an investment of £12 million* into the local economy whilst creating over 45 new jobs for residents of the borough and the surrounding area.

Premier Inn’s 700th hotel was officially opened on Wednesday 1st July by Team GB sprinter and former BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, who began his athletics career in Kingston, and Simon Jones, Managing Director of Premier Inn UK. Councillor Roy Arora, Mayor for Kingston upon Thames and Surbiton, and his wife supported the ceremony. Tanja Kuveljiic, the Chief Executive of Believe in Young People (BiYP), a charity committed to helping young people find the right career destination, also spoke at the event about BiYP’s and Premier Inn's dedication to encouraging school leavers into the hospitality industry.

To celebrate the opening of the hotel, some local school children from Southborough High School attended the event and met Harry Aikines-Aryeetey who cut the ribbon with Simon Jones. Guests at the event were welcomed into the brand new hotel and given a tour of the spacious rooms featuring Premier Inn’s luxurious Hypnos bed.

Simon Jones, Managing Director for Premier Inn UK and hub by Premier Inn, comments:

“I'm delighted to have opened this great addition to the Premier Inn portfolio. Kingston is a brilliant historic location and we know that the demand is there for customers travelling from far flung destinations to visit the local tourist hotspots like Hampton Court nearby, but also for those who are looking for a great night’s sleep and delicious breakfast before an important meeting in the city. Our hotels cater for a wide range of customers and we are popular with families, couples and business travellers alike. We have reached a real milestone by opening our 700th hotel and Premier Inn’s can be found in more locations than any other hotel chain in the UK for the ease and convenience of our customers.”

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Team GB sprinter and former BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, commented:

"To have the opportunity to come back to Kingston to celebrate the opening of Premier Inn's 700th hotel was fantastic. I grew up training at Kingsmeadow Athletics centre – not far from this hotel - and Kingston has always been a town close to my heart so it's great to see a new hotel that will allow more people to come and enjoy their stay in the area."

The brand new Premier Inn is situated on Wheatfield Way in the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames, minutes from Kingston Museum, Rose Theatre and Kingston Bridge. The hotel is ideally located for guests who wish to explore this historic market town with room prices starting from £39 (price is based on a saver rate and is only available when booking direct through premierinn.com).

Each bedroom caters for up to two adults and two children (aged 15 and under) and includes an en-suite bathroom; a king size bed; remote control TV with Freeview; tea/coffee making facilities, and a spacious desk area with free WiFi. The hotel also has an on-site Thyme restaurant offering a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes as well as the All You Can Eat ‘Premier Breakfast’– which from just £8.75 (Kids eat free) is the perfect way for guests to start their day!

Premier inn is the UK’s most loved hotel brand and with 700 hotels nationwide, customers are never far from a great night’s sleep. Across the UK, prices start from just £35 for a family room for four. Price is based on a saver rate and is only available when booking direct through premierinn.com

Premier Inn is in the process of creating 6000 new apprenticeships by 2020 to offer young people fantastic training and the opportunity to progress their careers.

For further information and high res photos from the event please contact the Premier Inn press team on 0207 693 6999 or email premierinn@frankpr.it



*Capital Lease basis

About Premier Inn

Award-winning Premier Inn is the UK’s best value hotel brand with 700 budget hotels and more than 59,000 rooms across the UK and Ireland.  Premier Inn bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, TV with Freeview and free WiFi. All Premier Inns feature a bar and restaurant; situated inside the hotel or adjacent, offering a wide range of food choices.   Premier Inn is open in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and India.

Premier Inn offers a ‘Good Night Guarantee’ – which means if there's an issue during your stay and you don't get a good night's sleep, then we'll give you your money back.*

*Visit www.premierinn.com for full terms and conditions.

Premier Inn supports Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. The charity needs to raise £50 million every year to support the care the hospital provides to some of the UK’s sickest children.

The Premier Inn New Openings and Kingston teams have been really getting to know the local area well after embarking on a 700 mile walk last weekend to raise money jointly for GOSH and for Nepal 14.  61 people all walked 11.5 miles each starting at Premier Inn Kingston upon Thames and walked through Kingston, Richmond Park and along the Thames Path. They also got involved with the local community and recently helped clean a local park.

This year, over 80% of Premier Inn hotels achieved a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - which recognises the accommodations, attractions and eateries that make perfect trips possible - topping the list of economy to mid-range hotel offerings. Over 120 of these 596 hotels have achieved the Certificate of Excellence for 5 consecutive years, and have joined TripAdvisor's prestigious Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.

Premier Inn is Britain’s most loved hotel chain - based on a survey of 1,000 18-64 year old UK hotel users, conducted by Millward Brown in November 2014. For more information please visit www.premierinn.com

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