A 61-bedroom hotel in the north-east has been given planning permission.
The facility will be created in Elgin, at Barmuckity Business Park.
Members of Moray Council’s planning committee gave the application, submitted by Travelodge, the go-ahead yesterday.
No objections were received to the plans, which proposed a three-storey hotel with bar and restaurant, car parking spaces and drop-off bay.
Committee chairman David Bremner said he was pleased to give the seal of approval to the applicants, citing it as a significant step forward for the business park.
“This only serves to show that Moray is both in demand and well and truly open for business. Private developers are serious about investing in the area and I applaud their commitment.”
Laurie Piper, operations manager at Moray Speyside Tourism, said: “I am really pleased that the planning committee have given this project the green light – the arrival of a new hotel operator in the region is great news; it adds capacity to the region’s overall accommodation offer and gives visitors to the area a wider choice of options.”