Travelodge withdraws from British Hospitality Association

Travelodge is to resign from the British Hospitality Association (BHA), as part of its growth plans to be a major industry player.

Travelogde campaign
Travelogde campaign

In preparation of his new role as chief executive, on 1 July, Guy Parsons, Travelodge’s current managing director, has undertaken a company review and has decided to resign from the BHA.

Parsons says: “The BHA is a traditional body which represents the full hospitality sector from B&B’s to large corporate organisations. We see an opportunity to transform the hotel industry in the UK, and believe that we can do this best by representing ourselves rather than lobbying via the BHA.”

“We have a strong in-house PR team and over the last couple of years we have championed a number of successful campaigns as diverse as ’Say no to Bed Tax’ to the ’Save our Seaside’ campaign (which focussed on the need to revitalise costal economies). More recently we organised an industry wide coalition that called on the Mayor of London not to introduce his proposed hotel development tax.”

The move comes after the brand recently unveiled a £10m marketing strategy designed to bring “warmth” to its brand and returned to television advertising after a 20-year gap.

Parsons says the brand is looking to expand and feels it no longer fits the BHA’s membership base, as a key competitor in the hotel market.

He says: “We have an aggressive growth plan in place, which will more than double the size of Travelodge hotels over the next ten years. We plan to do this by building new hotels and purchase existing struggling hotels and turning them into Travelodge properties. I think it’s entirely inappropriate that we should be part of the BHA at a time when we could be acquiring other members’ businesses.”

“The BHA has a role to play in representing the hospitality sector but we believe that our interests are now better served outside the organisation. We are an industry that punches below our weight. Therefore we will continue to work with other leading businesses within the industry, to ensure that the Government truly understands the tax and regulation barriers our sector faces.”

Read our brand profile of Travelodge here

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here