Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ECCLES IN BID TO BECOME CHINA'S HOLIDAY HOTSPOT ; Plans Submitted to Turn Part of Office Block into Hotel to Bring in More Visitors from the Far East.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ECCLES IN BID TO BECOME CHINA'S HOLIDAY HOTSPOT ; Plans Submitted to Turn Part of Office Block into Hotel to Bring in More Visitors from the Far East.

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IT is most famous for its cakes, the Bridgewater Canal, and a railway tragedy.

But Eccles could now become a destination of choice for hundreds of holidaymakers from the Far East.

A huge 1970s office block in the town centre is set to become a hotel catering for Chinese tourists.

It has been identified as the perfect location for visitors hoping to do a full tour of the UK.

Sentinel House, in Peel Street, was acquired by Chinese investor, Dr Mingling Chen last year for Pounds 2.8m.

Now plans have been submitted to Salford council to turn part of the 14-storey building into a 132-bed hotel.

It is estimated 105 jobs would be created if the proposal was approved.

Omega Travel Ltd, which brings Chinese tourists to the UK and then provides coach trips to London and Scotland, owns the building. The company wants to turn half of the building, around 6,200 square metres, into a hotel.

Block B, which would be converted into the hotel, has been virtually empty since Salford University, who used as a facility for training nurses, left in 2006. …

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