A MAN from north Essex has been appointed a hotel group’s new property director.

Steve Bennett has taken on the role at budget hotel chain Travelodge.

Mr Bennett, who lives in north Essex, will take a key role in the company’s plan to open 100 hotels over the next five years and will be a member of the group operating board.

Peter Gowers, Travelodge chief executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Steve as our new property director.

“Steve’s extensive experience within the UK property sector will be invaluable as we seek new opportunities to expand our network and deliver affordable travel for everyone.”

Mr Bennett said: “I am incredibly excited to be joining Travelodge, as the company embarks on its next phase of development.

“There is a huge opportunity to expand the brand into new markets, and I am looking forward to growing the business further with my established team.”