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Days Inn Franchise Cost & Fees

Date of Incorporation: 1991

Franchising Since: 1999

Headquarters: Delaware

Country: USA

Description: Days Inns Worldwide, Inc is a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company owned by Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, a Delaware corporation. A “Days Inn” Facility offers clean, comfortable accommodations, without gourmet restaurants, convention facilities or other luxury amenities that increase construction and operating costs.  A Days Inn facility must offer either an on-premises restaurant or have an adjacent restaurant acceptable to us.  If the restaurant offers no restaurant, the franchisee must provide a limited, “continental type” breakfast.  A “Days Hotel” facility has décor, amenities, and guest services consistent with mid-market and upper mid-market hotels.  It generally is of interior corridor design and has such facilities and amenities as a full-service restaurant serving three meals a day, a bar and lounge, meeting room space, room service, bell service, a swimming pool, and exercise facilities.  A Days Inn & Suites facility is generally an interior corridor structure, having at least 25% of its guest rooms configured as suites, which have a separate living and sleeping area.

Franchise Offer: The franchisor offers, sells, and supports franchises for Days Inn Chain guest lodging facilities.  The franchisor offers to qualified applicants a franchise to operate a Days Inn Chain guest lodging facility at a single, defined location. 

Financial Assistance:
The franchisor may defer payment of the initial fee and initial entry charge if business circumstances warrant, for a fixed period that will generally not exceed one year. The initial fee will then be paid in one instalment without the accrual of interest unless the franchisee does not pay the initial fee within ten days after it is due.  In addition, the franchisor may offer at their discretion certain development incentives for new construction and conversion chain facilities. 

Training and Assistance:
Wyndham Hotel Group's Global Training Department offers a variety of mandatory and optional training programs, seminars, online training and other training resources. The initial and any replacement general manager or an owner/operator or other representative who exercises day to day operational authority of the Facility must attend the Strategic Training for Exceptional Performance or Advanced Strategic Training for Exceptional Performance training program as well as any supplemental Internet-based training the franchisor may require.

Territory: The franchisor grants to the franchisee a "Protected Territory" in which the franchisor will not own, operate or manage another Chain Facility utilizing the same service mark. In addition, the franchisor will not grant any additional license using the same service mark in the Protected Territory after the franchisee executes a Franchise Agreement with Days Inn.

Term of Agreement and Renewal:
The term of the franchisee agreement is 20 years for a new construction facility and 15 years for a conversion facility. The franchisee is not given any renewal or extension rights.

Obligations and Restrictions:
The franchisor does not have to participate personally in the direct operation of the facility although the franchisor recommends that they do so. If the franchisor does not personally manage the facility, they must hire a management company or individual manager with significant training and experience in general management of similar lodging facilities to manage the facility. The manager must successfully complete the franchisor’s training program. The franchisor does not restrict the type of goods and services that are offered at the facility but the franchisee must offer accommodations that comply with system standards and applicable law.

Total Number of Units: The total number of outlets for year ended 2008: 1,704

Investment Tables:

Initial Investment:

Expenditure Low High
Application Fee, Initial Fee $40,055 $40,055
Initial Entry Charge $10,000 $10,000
Market Study $5,000 $12,000
Phase 1 Environmental Survey $2,500 $5,000
Design & Testing Fees $25,000 $75,000
Land Acquisition Not Estimated Not Estimated
Facility Construction $3,501,511 $5,348,068
Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment $411,315 $411,315
Signage $21,400 $45,318
Opening Inventory and Supplies $20,000 $30,000
Insurance $9,014 $11,518
Utility Deposits $5,000 $10,000
Grand Opening Advertising $20,000 $31,600
Training Expenses $2,700 $4,900
Technical Systems $50,700 $120,550
Miscellaneous Non-Tangible Asset Costs $55,000 $100,000
Construction Contingency $175,086 $267,403
Additional Funds- 3 Months $51,000 $71,000
Total Estimated $4,405,481 $6,704,617
Total Cost per Room $41,173 $62,660

Ongoing Fees:

Name of Fee Amount
Royalty 5.5% of Gross Room Revenues
System Assessment Fee 3.8% of Gross Room Revenues
Loyalty Program Charge Up to 5% of Gross Room Revenues accrued by a loyalty program member.
Taxes Amount assessed by federal, state and   local   tax   authorities   on Royalties and System Assessment Fees
Interest Lesser of 1.5% per month or the maximum rate permitted by law on the unpaid amount
Extension Fee $2.00 per room per month
Training Fees and Expenses Tuition is currently $1,250 for the general manager to attend general manager orientation and $825 for the franchisee to attend owner orientation. Tuition for the franchisee’s initial training is subject to increase if the franchisee or the general manager does not attend a program by the deadline under the Franchise Agreement.    The franchisee must pay the tuition then in effect for subsequent training sessions for replacement personnel.
Public Offering Fee $15,000
Liquidated Damages Greater of $2,000 per guest room or total   Royalties and System Assessment Fees for 24 months.
Condemnation Payments Royalties and system assessment fees for one year after notice of condemnation
Agency Commissions; International Sales Office Commissions; Member Benefits Commissions Up to 15% of Gross Room Revenues generated by Agency reservation; 5% of Gross Room Revenues generated through a booking by another Days Inn franchisee; 15% of Gross Room Revenues generated from bookings from an International Sales Office's territory (includes Agency Commission), excluding voucher sales; 10% of Gross Room Revenues booked under Member Benefits program
GDS and Internet Fees $5.35 per reservation booked through the global distribution systems ("GDS"), $4.35 per reservation booked through a third party Internet site (not booked through a GDS), plus agency commissions if applicable. No fees will be charged for bookings through the franchisor’s website or the Wyndham Rewards website.
Chain Conference Fee In 2009, $995 for regular registration for first attendee, $895 if register early and attend the conference, $500 for any additional representative from facility.
Rooms Addition Fee Now $350 for each guest room added to Facility
Relicense Fee Same as Initial Fee
Indemnification Costs Cost of defending and resolving indemnified claims. Includes "Returned Check Fee" (currently $20) for checks the franchisee submits to the franchisor which are dishonored by the franchisee bank or other financial institution.
Audit Fee $1,000 subject to increase on a Chainwide basis to cover the franchisor costs, which will not be more than 5% per year on a cumulative basis.
Courtesy Lodging Employee rate for the franchisor’s representatives on business
Dispute Resolution Costs Costs, expenses, reasonable attorneys' fees
Re-inspection Fee and Costs Currently $ 1,000 for the first re-inspection and $ 1,500 for the second and any subsequent re-inspection
Guest Services Assessments; Processing Fee $100.00 Guest Services Assessment plus resolution costs if the franchisee does not respond to and resolve a guest's complaint and the guest continues to contact the franchisor; $60.00 Processing Fee per complaint in excess of the Annual Facility Allotment
PMS Maintenance, Support and Service Fee $34.65 - $50 per room per year, depending on the PMS system the franchisee purchases, plus up to $ 1,100 per year for each interface, depending on the PMS System.
Fee for Broadband Internet Access Service $150 to $160 per month for 36 month term.
Guaranteed Best Available Rate Processing Fee $60 plus the franchisee must match the lower Internet rate less 10%.
Service Interruption Fee $200; $500 if the franchisor must re-activate the franchisee’s service three or more times in any 12 month period
ResCentral Call Handling Fee $1.65 per transferred call with $50 minimum per month.

Date of FDD: 2009

The above information has been taken from the UFOC/FDD and online sources of Days Inn.

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