Luxury hotel in Oldham 'to create thousands of jobs'
Plans for a luxury hotel and convention centre which could create thousands of jobs and train 100 apprentices each year have been unveiled in Oldham.
Hotel Future will be run as a 120-bedroom luxury hotel while training apprentices, managers and interns alongside experienced members of staff.
Manchester Hoteliers' Association is behind the £40m project, which is due to open in 2015.
Oldham Council said it asked the group to consider the town for the project.
Stephen Miles from the Manchester Hoteliers' Association said the hotel plans to take on about 100 apprentices each year, some of them on scholarships.
He said thousands of jobs would also be created in construction, hospitality and education.'Retain talent'
Once finished the hotel would link to the re-furbished Queen Elizabeth Hall to create a conference and meeting centre.
Mr Miles said: "Hotel Future sprung from the Manchester Hoteliers Association's desire to attract and retain talent in our industry."
Oldham Council leader Jim McMahon said the authority supported the project and asked the association to consider Oldham as its location.
He said: "The association is seeing that there is great potential [here].
"Oldham is under-served by quality hotels and the association is seeing the tourism catchment area potentially for the south Pennines and Oldham, but also for the city centre or as a regional conferencing venue."