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A NEW hotel at a popular Midlands theme park has celebrated its first year in business.

A RARE orang-utan has travelled 800-mile journey from the Midlands to Germany as part of a breeding programme.

Drayton Manor Park's hotel has welcomed on average 200 guests a night from all over the UK and as far afield as Australia and Japan.

The operation is part of an initiative to ensure 'the future's bright, the future's orange' for the endangered species.

Bosses reckon guests chomped their way through six and a half tonnes of baked beans and more than 9,000 kids' meals, washed down by 6,095 Fruit Shoot drinks.

General manager Martin Wright said the first year had been a "fantastic success".

Eight-year-old female Miri left her mother Maliku, father Batu and 18-month-old sister Molly at Twycross Zoo, near Tamworth, to join a small group of the creatures at Rostock Zoo, Germany, as part of an international breeding The hotel boasts 15 Thomas the Tank Engine themed rooms to complement the park's Thomas Land attraction, and offers special 'Stay and Play' packages for families which include entrance to the theme park.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 30, 2012
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