TRAVELODGE is still searching for the ideal site to build a hotel in Weston-super-Mare, a spokesperson has confirmed.

The North Somerset town was one of 26 seaside resorts and coastal spots recently identified by the hotel giant as prime positions for new properties.

The proposed hotel would represent an investment of £8 million for third party investors and create 25 new jobs in the community.

Tony O’ Brien, Travelodge UK development director said: “We are seeing the rebirth of British seaside resorts and coastal towns as a result of Britons changing holiday habits.

"We are becoming a strong Staycation nation that likes to take lots of short breaks throughout the year rather than a traditional two week block holiday and Weston-Super-Mare is a key destination for us.”

“Weston-Super-Mare is a key growth area for Travelodge; the historic quintessentially British seaside town is growing at pace and attracting record visitor numbers.

"However there is a shortage of branded good quality, low cost accommodation to fulfil this new demand.

"Therefore to help fulfil this demand, we are looking for another hotel site in the town.

"This expansion would represent an investment of £8 million for third party investors and create 25 additional new jobs.

"It is also good news for the local community. Research shows on average our customers spend double their room rate with local businesses which annually results in a multimillion boost for the local economy.”

“To kick start our search for a second hotel site in Western-Super-Mare, we are writing to Weston Town Council to see if we can play a pivotal role in their regeneration programme like we have done in Rhyl. Investing in a low-cost hotel like Travelodge is an increasingly attractive choice, as it draws visitors, creates jobs and helps boost the local economy.

The list below details the 26 seaside resort and coastal towns where Travelodge is looking to open a hotel:

1. Aberystwyth

2. Bognor Regis

3. Bournemouth

4. Bude

5. Canterbury / Whistable

6. Deal / Sandwich

7. Eastbourne

8. Falmouth

9. Folkestone

10. Guernsey

11. Hove

12. Jersey

13. Lerwick

14. Looe / Fowey

15. Lowestoft

16. Newquay

17. Oban

18. Penarth

19. Penzance

20. Pwllheli

21. Shoreham-by-Sea

22. St Ives

23. Tenby

24. Truro

25. Western Super Mare

26. Weymouth