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Monday, 8 March 2010

New Hotel Turns Newcastle Black, White and Indigo

Plans have been unveiled for a new 20m boutique hotel in the heart of Newcastle city centre.

The 148-bed, four-star Hotel Indigo is set to open in Fenkle Street, near to The Assembly Rooms, creating more than 80 full and part time jobs.

The hotel, developed by Sanguine Hospitality, will open in February 2011 subject to approval by the city's planners. Hotel Indigo Newcastle will be the developer's first venture into the North East and only the fourth Hotel Indigo in the UK.

Last year, Newcastle and Gateshead attracted 18.77 million visitors, maintaining hotel occupancy levels of 77% despite the recession.

Paul Bolton, director at Sanguine Hospitality said:
"Tourism is worth over 1 billion to Newcastle Gateshead and, despite one of the worst recessions in recent times, the city region attracted more than 18 million visitors last year, making it a very attractive place to be.

"The regeneration of The Greenmarket and Eldon Square shows the level of ambition in the city and the direction it is taking. We intend to bring something new and creative to Newcastle's hotel market, further strengthening the city's appeal to visitors.

"Alive with students, football fans and businesses, this is a great tourist destination and we're confident Hotel Indigo Newcastle will be a big success."

The Hotel Indigo brand began its global roll-out in early 2006 with London Paddington and Glasgow. Hotel Indigo Liverpool is due to open in early 2011 and will also be operated by Sanguine Hospitality.

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