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Hilton Hotel Lands at Exeter Airport


Exeter and East Devon Growth Point were delighted to hear Exeter Airport's announcement last week that the prestigious Hilton Hotel group are coming to the Airport.

Outline planning permission for the 160 bedroom hotel alongside the Flybe Training Academy was issued last year and last week's announcement marks another major step forward for the development.

The new complex will feature a brand new Hampton by Hilton hotel, high-quality dining venue and meeting space facilities and is scheduled to open its doors before the end of next year.

The hotel, which will be operated by Sanguine Hospitality Management Company, features a range of contemporary features including HD television in all bedrooms, walk-in shower rooms, air conditioning and free wi-fi throughout.

This latest development, less than a mile from junction 29 of the M5 motorway, marks another key step in the growth of Exeter International Airport, as the airport comes out of one of its busiest ever summer seasons for holiday makers.

East Devon District Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Cllr Ray Franklin said "this is fantastic news; we strongly believe that this west end corner of East Devon offers enormous opportunities.  The addition of the Hilton Hotel strengthens our offering to both holiday travellers and the business community and once again demonstrates why we have such confidence in the continued development of the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point Area."

Nick Taplin, MD at Sanguine Hospitality Management Company, said: "A key element of our growth strategy is to develop in areas of strong economic and tourism growth and Exeter certainly fits that bill. The airport's strong relationship with Flybe is very important and their new training academy is an exciting addition.

"The airport is one of the most progressive in the country, sitting at the heart of the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, with an aim to be the airport of choice for the south west.

"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to bring together a brand as prestigious as Hampton by Hilton with such a pragmatic partner."

Jamie Christon, MD of Exeter Airport, said: "We are delighted to be able to announce that the Hampton by Hilton brand will be here on site offering first class accommodation for our passengers and students at the Flybe Training Academy.

"The hotel development is a key part of the airport masterplan and its presence is vital in stimulating passenger growth over the long term."

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Lesley Crocker, T: 01395 571744, M: 07545419360


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Exeter and East Devon New Growth Point is a partnership commitment between Devon County Council, Exeter City Council, East Devon District Council, The South West Regional Development Agency, the Homes and Communities Agency and the Government to deliver sustainable economic growth.  Exeter and East Devon was recognised by the Government as a New Growth Point in 2006. 

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