Travel Leaders

Travel agencies
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Franchise 500 2023
Franchise 500 Rank
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Initial investment
$2K - $17K
Units as of 2016
367 Decrease

Company Overview

In 1872, Georges Nagelmackers began his company, Wagons-Lits, to install sleeping compartments in European trains. A few years later, he created the Orient Express. In 1888, Ward G. Foster founded Ask Mr. Foster, a travel agency based in St. Augustine, Florida.

Each company expanded--Wagonlit throughout Europe and Africa, Ask Mr. Foster across the United States and Europe. Carlson Companies Inc. purchased Ask Mr. Foster in 1979; the company changed its name to Carlson Travel Network in 1990. Carlson Travel Network and Wagonlit Travel merged in 1997, forming Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Then in 2008, that company joined with Travel Leaders and Tzell Travel Group to form what is known today as the Travel Leaders franchise.

About Travel Leaders

Industry Recreation
Related Categories Travel Agencies
Founded 2021
Parent Company Travel Leaders Group
Leadership Ninan Chacko, CEO
Corporate Address 3033 Campus Dr., #W320
Plymouth, MN 55441
Social Facebook, Twitter

Business Overview

Franchising Since 1984 (40 years)
# of employees at HQ 107
# of Units 367 (as of 2016)

Information for Franchisees

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Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee Information Circle
$0 - $1,500
Initial Investment Information Circle
$2,270 - $16,910
Royalty Fee Information Circle
to $1K/mo.
Ad Royalty Fee Information Circle
$109-$274/mo.
Term of Agreement Information Circle
5 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training varies
Classroom Training 3 days
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Online Support
Field Operations
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
Regional Advertising

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
No
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
No
# of employees required to run 10
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
No
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Updated: December 12th, 2022