Whitbread is to extend its presence in the South West after securing six new hotel and restaurant sites and has started work on an extra nine in the region. The six new sites are Bideford, Exeter, Honiton Road; Exeter, Southernhay; Falmouth; Newport and Tenby. The nine sites where construction work has already started are Barry Island; Bath; Bicester; Dorchester; Glastonbury; Trowbridge; Weston-super-Mare and Weymouth. John Bates, head of acquisitions for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said: “ The South West is a key market for us and these latest deals add more excellent sites for our customers across the region and take us closer to achieving our target of 65,000 Premier Inn bedrooms by 2016. “Not only is this great news for our customers but it is important for the region too as our investment will create jobs and help to attract additional visitors to the area, boosting the regional economy.”