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New hotel planned for Sunderland

Budget hotel chain Travelodge is create almost 200 jobs before Christmas by opening nine new hotels - including in Sunderland.

The recruitment drive started on Wednesday for jobs in including receptionists, housekeepers and cleaners.

Jon Hendry Pickup, chief operating officer for Travelodge, said: "These new jobs for the long term, not just for Christmas.

"We want enthusiastic and committed team members whose number one priority is to look after customers"