Hilton Garden Inn planned for Aberdeen Airport

Hotel News - 10/12/2007

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A new hotel scheduled to open at Aberdeen Airport will create an estimated 100 jobs and contribute to the growth of the local economy.

The hotel is in the last stages of completing its planning application. If the application is successful, a Hilton Garden Inn will provide quality accommodation to travellers from Aberdeen. The hotel will cost an estimated £18 million.

A representative of the Hilton group said: "Aberdeen is a target for us because it is a very buoyant market for hotels."

Proposals for 11 hotel developments are currently being considered by the city of Aberdeen.

The Hilton Garden Inn, if approved, will be the second of its kind in the country. The Luton Garden Inn is scheduled to open next year. If the proposal goes ahead, the Aberdeen branch will open in 2009.

The 175-room Hilton in Aberdeen is eagerly welcomed by many in the city, who hope that the hotel will help fill what is perceived as a shortage of overnight beds in Aberdeen. The hotel will feature free wireless internet throughout the hotel as well as a high specification chair and desk. These features, in addition to the meeting room and business facilities are expected to appeal to business travellers.

The Hilton group is also looking at other development opportunities within Scotland. John Rogers, regional vice-president of operations north region for Hilton UK and Ireland said: 'We have nothing in Inverness and that's a place we would certainly love to have a hotel. We're looking at opportunities all over Scotland including Stirling and Perth."

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