- Whitbread said it had acquired a portfolio of 19 hotels in Germany from Foremost Hospitality Group, for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition would give Premier Inn a substantial presence in the German hotel market, increasing the total committed network pipeline to 31 hotels with over 5,700 rooms across 15 key cities--all expected to be open by the end of 2020, the company said.

'Today's announcement marks the next stage in our ambitious growth plan for the Premier Inn brand in Germany,' chief executive Alison Brittain said.

'We believe Germany has many of the structural growth drivers that have underpinned the success of Premier Inn in the UK and that Germany is a market that will deliver strong returns in the future.'

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