About Travelodge by Wyndham

Building contractor Scott King opened his first motel, King’s Auto Court in 1935– in time to welcome guests visiting San Diego’s World’s Fair. Over the next five years, he opened 24 more hotels around Southern California. The first one Franchises Under the name Travelodge opened in 1940, and this became the name of Scott’s company in 1946. Today Travelodge by Wyndham is part of the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts group of hotel chains. With three-fourths of hotels within an hour of National Parks, we’re proud to be Your Basecamp for Adventure™.

The Travelodge story began when building contractor Scott King opened the King’s Auto Court motel in San Diego to coincide with the 1935 World’s Fair. The popularity of the fair resulted in the motel being fully booked for all of 1935.

With the success of King’s Auto Court, Scott recognized the need for guests to stay close to their next great adventure. Leveraging his own background as a contractor, Scott decided to expand, and opened 24 locations across Southern California over the next five years.

In 1940, the first motel named Travelodge was opened and, in 1954, the brand’s Ambassador of Adventure — Sleepy Bear — was introduced. Then, in 1973, the first Travelodge opened in Canada in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Today, the brand has now grown to over 100 locations across Canada from Victoria, British Columbia to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and over 4,000 locations worldwide. Travelodge continues to embrace adventure, just as we did in 1935. With locations near downtown centres, beaches, National Parks, hockey rinks and everything in between, Travelodge accommodates adventure seekers of all ages. Plan your next adventure, then book the Travelodge next door. Your basecamp awaits.

Company Founded


Current Leadership

Geoff Ballotti, CEO

Started Franchising

1966 (55 years)

Total Number of Units

450 (as of 2020)

Part-Time / Full-Time

Full Time

Stock Ticker Symbol


How Much Does It Cost To Open A Travelodge by Wyndham Franchise?

There are several costs associated with opening a Travelodge by Wyndham franchise. There is typically a franchise fee set by the franchisor, which covers the costs of opening a franchise location. Some other commons fees include equipment fees, marketing fees, licensing fees, insurance, and taxes, to name a few.

Some franchises may have a weekly fee that the franchisee pays for operating a Travelodge by Wyndham franchise. The weekly fee for opening a Travelodge by Wyndham franchise is Royalty Fee Is Due By The 3Rd Of Each Month.

The full breakdown of these fees can be found in the Financial Disclosure Document (FDD) provided to franchisees by the franchisor. The FDD report will contain additional information such as whether the franchise is renewable (Travelodge by Wyndham Is Renewable) and does the franchise offer financing support (Travelodge by Wyndham Travelodge by Wyndham has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: equipment, inventory).

Travelodge by Wyndham Company Details

Here are some additional details about Travelodge by Wyndham.

Parent Company Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Initial Investment $35,000 - $38,000
Royalty Fee 4.50%
Ad Royalty 4%
Term of Agreement 15 years/20 years
Absentee Ownership No
Run from Home No
Part Time No

Training and Support Offered By Travelodge by Wyndham

Travelodge by Wyndham offers several support options to its franchisees. With 450 (as of 2020) units, Travelodge by Wyndham aims to provide support to each franchise owner to help them operate a successful franchise location. Travelodge by Wyndham offers Up to 30 hours on the job training, 38-70 hours classroom training, and Regional workshops; customized property training additional training.

Training and Support Offered

Here are the support options offered by Travelodge by Wyndham.

On-The-Job Training Up to 30 hours
Classroom Training 38-70 hours
Additional Training Regional workshops; customized property training
Ongoing Support
  • Newsletter
  • Meetings & Conventions
  • Toll-Free Line
  • Grand Opening
  • Online Support
  • Security & Safety Procedures
  • Field Operations
  • Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
  • Co-op Advertising
  • National Media
  • Regional Advertising
  • Marketing Planning & Support
  • Social Media
  • SEO
  • Website Development
  • Email Marketing
  • Loyalty Program/App

Is Travelodge by Wyndham Right For You?

Travelodge by Wyndham has gone digital! Here are all of the ways you can find Travelodge by Wyndham online. Oftentimes, you can reach out to current franchisees of Travelodge by Wyndham online. Current franchisees may be able to offer personalized insights into what it is like owning a Travelodge by Wyndham franchise and offer tips to running a successful Travelodge by Wyndham franchise location.


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