Does Choice Hotels Franchise in the UK?
Do Choice Hotels Franchise in the UK?
Choice Hotels is the world’s largest hotel franchise chain. It owns a string of different hotel brands that offer a pillow to rest on right across the globe. Choice Hotels owns 11 brands that collectively own over 6,800 hotels internationally. One of the biggest being Comfort Inn, a brand with huge consumer awareness in the US.
Choice Hotels offers room rates for all markets. It has a range of different hotel brands that are tailored to economy, mid-scale and upscale sectors in forty different countries across the world. In contrast to its small beginnings in 1939, when Choice Hotels consisted of only one hotel chain, Choice Hotels now owns over 500,000 rooms.
Choice Hotel’s flagship brand, Comfort Inn, offers budget accommodation to weary travellers from California to Beijing. It’s a company that prides itself on friendly staff and a reliable customer service. The brand has recently undergone a facelift, with hundreds of its hotels being refurbished to fit modern tastes. Most destinations now have a fitness centre or pool - one of these, in North Conway, New Hampshire, won a best of choice award from Choice Hotels for its consistently high standards.
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The Story of Choice Hotels
The Choice Hotels brand dates back as far as 1939. That’s when the company was founded under the name of Quality Courts United Inc. Until the 1960s, the company was a nonprofit referral chain that connected a number of different American hotel brands. That’s when Stewart Bainum Sr. opened his first Quality Courts franchise. By the end of the decade, he’d become the CEO of Quality Courts and developed the brand into one of the world’s biggest collection of hotel chains.
Comfort Inn, which is now the Hotel Group’s leading chain, was founded in 1981. It was designed to compete in the mid-scale hotel market alongside Days Inn and Best Western. Sleep Inn - Comfort’s Inn’s budget sister-brand - was launched in the late 80s, meaning that Choice Hotels had now expanded into a range of different markets.
The company was launched on the NYSE in 1996 and by the mid-2000s it had cemented its presence in yet another market. Catering for a business audience, Cambria Hotels was launched in 2005; it has since grown into an international chain with hotels in 100 different destinations.
In recent years, Choice Hotels moved its headquarters to Rockville, Maryland and acquired WoodSpring Suites. This budget brand completes Choice Hotel’s current portfolio of 11 hotel chains. In the future, Choice Hotels has plans to grow its international footprint even further, especially in Spanish and Latin American markets.
Choice Hotels Franchise Agreement
Becoming a Choice Hotels franchisee is an attractive business proposition. By joining up with one of its brands, you’d be carrying a name with worldwide recognition. Choice Hotels is looking for franchisors who can carry the weight of its brand and have previous experience in managing real estate or hotels. Initial franchise fees vary dramatically depending on what brand you want to franchise and the size of the project, so it can cost you anything between £7,000 and £46,000. Franchisees are expected to have a net worth of at least £580,000, but franchisors can generate revenue from third party sources.
In return for the investment you can expect a high-quality standard of training and support. As market leaders, Choice Hotels are the experts in their field. You can rest assured that you will be supervised by the top brains in the hotel industry. All franchisors have to take part in Choice Hotels Total Lodging by Choice (TLC) Orientation programme, which is held ten times a year in Silver Spring, Maryland and involves 39 hours of industry tuition. On top of the TLC programme, General Managers of new hotels are also expected to participate in Hospitality Operations Success Training (HOST).
A number of Choice Hotel brands have a presence in the UK. There are 11 Comfort Inns across the country, with five based in London and others dotted in Manchester, Birmingham and Sunderland. The boutique brand Ascend, which is targeted at a premium market, has two high-end hotels in the UK: one in Belfast and the other in Harrogate. Clarion - another first-class Choice Hotel Brand - has branched out to London, Exeter, St Albans, Huddersfield and Leeds.
Choice Hotel is evidently interested in the UK hotel market. To pursue this franchise opportunity,
you can get in contact with your local Choice Hotel franchise representative via the hotel chain’s website.
Alternative Franchise Opportunities
If you’re interested in other hotel franchises beyond Choice Hotels, it’s worth exploring the Point Franchise network. Leading UK budget hotel brand Travelodge is currently looking for franchisees and can be contacted via our network.
Travelodge is one of the nation’s favourite hotel brands. It competes right at the top of the budget hotel market, alongside the likes of Holiday Inn and Premier Inn. But Travelodge’s success is not limited to the shores of the UK; the brand has over 500 branches internationally. New branches have recently opened in Glasgow, London, Dover and Ashford, and the brand plans to launch new hotels in Chippenham, Swindon, Marlow, Winchester in the near future.
The brand’s strategy of constant expansion is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. If you’re interested in becoming a Travelodge franchisee, you’ll need to be passionate about great customer service and have sufficient start-up capital. By joining the Travelodge family, you’ll be teaming up with a brand that was named World’s Leading Hotel Brand three years running in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2017, the brand was proud to announce that 220 of its hotels received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and in 2019 it was awarded Best Budget Hotel Brand at the Business Travel Awards.
James Muddimer , Point Franchise ©
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