Scotland is being earmarked for expansion in a £75 million investment by Travelodge which will create 200 new jobs.

The budget chain is looking for ten new sites for Scottish hotels.

Locations include a fifth property in Aberdeen as well as Oban, St Andrews, Peterhead, East Kilbride, Falkirk, Hamilton, Wishaw, Motherwell and North Ayrshire.

The company will be looking to recruit hotel managers, assistant hotel managers, receptionists, housekeepers and room cleaners.

Travelodge opened its first hotel in Scotland in Stirling in 1986 and now operates 40 hotels, including 11 in Edinburgh where it is the largest hotel operator.

Chief executive Peter Gowers said: “There is a big opportunity to further expand in Scotland. At present, the value hotel market in Scotland stands at 14%, compared to 18% in England and more than 30% in the US.

“By 2030, the budget hotel sector could account for almost a quarter of the UK market, with a similar level of growth expected in Scotland.”

Travelodge has spent £4 million in the last year 12 to modernise more than half of its Scottish hotels.