August 24, 2019
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Entertainment Franchise News

Cruise Planners Sweep to Victory as the Franchise Partner of the Year at World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Awards

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative wins the most awards at the World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Awards taking home four Franchise Agency Network Excellence Awards.

Just in Time for National Waffle Day, Hampton by Hilton Cooks Up Expansive New Breakfast Menu

Just in time for National Waffle Day on August 24, Hampton by Hilton introduced a new breakfast experience featuring fresh, healthful and delicious offerings for guests.

IHG® Hotels & Resorts Serves Up One-of-a-Kind Experiences at 2019 US Open

The 2019 US Open will be unlike any before, teeming with an unforgettable and sensational set of events created by hotel and hotel loyalty sponsor IHG® Hotels & Resorts, a leader in luxury travel.

Cruise Planners Committed to Helping Travel Advisors Boost Their Luxury Sales with 2019 Luxury and River Cruise Forum

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative recently hosted their 2019 Luxury and River Cruise Forum at Secrets the Vine in Cancún, Mexico.

Travelodge by Wyndham Calls on Travelers to "Adventure Responsibly," Organizes National Park Cleanup Events Coast-to-Coast

Travelodge® by Wyndham, known for being travelers' basecamp for adventure, is ramping up efforts to protect and preserve our nation's parks this summer with the launch of "Adventure Responsibly."

InterContinental® Ambassador Launches Extensions Program for When Life's Adventures Call

InterContinental® Ambassador, the exclusive member benefits program of InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, is encouraging its members to embrace life’s exceptional and unexpected adventures by offering a new benefit that will provide...

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, becomes Trustee of Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce 2019

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative announced it is officially a Trustee member of the Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Hampton by Hilton Celebrates Rapid Global Expansion to 2,500 Open Hotels

This month, Hampton by Hilton continues to lead the upper-midscale category worldwide as the brand celebrates its 2,500th open hotel with Hampton by Hilton Lima San Isidro in Peru.

IHG® invests in Scotland as they bring InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts back to Edinburgh

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, brings InterContinental Edinburgh - The George back into the system as they continue their integration of the Principal portfolio.

End of the Road for Bathroom Miniatures as IHG Opts for Bulk-Size Amenities to Reduce Plastic Waste

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has today announced that its entire hotel estate of almost 843,000 guest rooms will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities, with the transition to be completed...

MUTTS Canine Cantina® Continues Texas Takeover with New Braunfels Franchise Location

MUTTS Canine Cantina®, the fastest growing pet eatertainment concept in North America, signed a franchise deal to expand to New Braunfels, Texas.

Sky Zone Partners With Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Of America To Offer Big Fun While Doing Good

In honor of International Day of Friendship and to further the brand’s commitment to “Do Good,” Sky Zone begins today a nationwide, year-long partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of America.

School of Rock AllStars Take Rock N' Roll On The Road For The 2019 U.S. Tour

School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, is hitting the road this summer for a 37-city North American tour.

FlannelJax’s to Sponsor Lumberjack Days 85th Anniversary Festival

FlannelJax’s, the popular St. Paul axe-throwing and lumberjack sports experience, will be a premier sponsor for the 85th Anniversary of Lumberjack Days this weekend.

Hilton Opens New Dual-Brand Property in Tampa Downtown Channel District

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual-branded Hampton Inn by Hilton Tampa Downtown Channel District and Home2 Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Channel District.

Josh Wall Joins Urban Air Adventure Park As Chief Franchise Officer

Urban Air Adventure Park today announced that Josh Wall, Chief Development Officer for Christian Brothers, joins Urban Air in a newly created position, as Chief Franchise Officer.

Alamo Drafthouse Celebrates 35mm Film And Stunt Performers In Honor Of “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”

Austin-based cinema-eatery Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will screen "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" on 35mm at 19 locations across the country.

CEC Entertainment, Inc. Announces Preliminary Unaudited Comparable Venue Sales Results For The Second Quarter And Year-To-Date 2019

CEC Entertainment, Inc. ("CEC" or the "Company") today announced preliminary unaudited comparable venue sales results for its second quarter and year-to-date periods ended June 30, 2019.

Cruise Planners Promotes Theresa Scalzitti to SVP to Continue Company’s Quest to Remain Cutting Edge

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is thrilled to announce the promotion of Theresa Scalzitti to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

School of Rock Heads to Summerfest 2019

School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, returns to Milwaukee for the seventh year to take the stage at Summerfest, the world's largest music festival.

IHG® and Sands China, Ltd. Announce InterContinental Alliance Resorts Partnership in Macao

IHG®, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, and Sands China, Ltd. announced today that The Venetian Macao and The Parisian Macao will become InterContinental Alliance Resorts beginning today.

FlannelJax’s to Open Customer Care Center in Sydney, Nova Scotia

FlannelJax’s, an axe throwing and recreation sports experience franchise headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, announced plans to open a new customer care center in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Super 8 by Wyndham Seeks Aspiring Designer to Co-Create First-Ever Shared-Room Concept

Super 8® by Wyndham, the world's largest economy hotel brand, announced a dream opportunity for young, aspiring designers with the launch of its first-ever ROOM8 Design Challenge.

Alamo Drafthouse Announces July Opening For Downtown LA Location, An Expansion Of Season Pass Program, And Key Local Hires

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced today that construction on the highly anticipated downtown Los Angeles location is nearly complete.

Award-Winning AI Technology Helps IHG Hotels Track, Measure and Reduce Food Waste

InterContinental Hotels Group® (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced a partnership with technology company Winnow.

Krystal launches All-You-Can-Eat Krystals and Fries for $5.99

The Krystal Company launched an incredible dine-in deal over Father’s Day weekend - the first of its kind in the hamburger QSR industry.

BizCom Associates Welcomes School of Rock to Client Roster

BizCom Associates has announced the addition of School of Rock to the agency’s client roster.

Hampton by Hilton and Iconic Television Personality Alfonso Ribeiro Launch First-Ever ‘Real Travel Road Trip Hotline,’ Offering Interstate Advice for Summer Travelers

Just in time for the first day of summer, Hampton by Hilton will launch the first-ever Hampton Real Travel Road Trip Hotline.

School Of Rock Lafayette, L.A. Ready To Rock N’ Roll

School of Rock, a leader in performance-based music education, announces the grand opening of its newest school in the Lafayette, Louisiana community.

Krystal Announces Eight Square Up Scholarship Recipients

he Krystal Company has selected eight employees to receive $2,500 (renewable each year up to $10,000) in scholarship funds.

The Opening Of InterContinental® Lyon - Hotel Dieu Ushers In A New Era Of Luxury

The opening of InterContinental® Lyon - Hotel Dieu today comes after an extensive four-year restoration of one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the former hospital (‘Hôtel Dieu’).

FlannelJax’s Teams Up with Franchise Fastlane to Fuel Aggressive Growth Plans

FlannelJax's has partnered with Franchise Fastlane to support FlannelJax’s aggressive franchise development goals it has set for 2019 and beyond.

Big Air Trampoline Park Is Coming To Myrtle Beach, SC

Big Air Trampoline Park® is excited to announce it's third South Carolina franchise to be located in Myrtle Beach, opening in early 2020.

Sky Zone Presents Awards to Top Franchisees at 2019 National Convention

Sky Zone, the original home of wall-to-wall aerial action, celebrated milestones, commemorated achievements and welcomed franchise partners at the 2019 National Franchise Convention.

Krystal Introduces Frosted Slushie Just In Time For Summer

The summer treat is a hybrid drink fusing Sprite and crushed ice found in Krystal’s traditional slushies with soft-serve vanilla ice cream for an innovative flavor and texture combination.

Cruise Planners Ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $50,000” List

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, announced today that it has been ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top Franchises For Less Than $50,000” list.

IHG® promote Joanna Kurowska to Director Operations Luxury & Managed, Northern Europe

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announced the promotion of Joanna Kurowska to Director Operations Luxury & Managed, Northern Europe

Alamo Drafthouse North Richland Hills Celebrates A Whole New World Of Cinema With An Aladdin-themed Street Bazaar!

Alamo Drafthouse North Richland Hills, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain’s first Tarrant County Location, is excited to conclude its month-long Grand Opening Celebration.

School of Rock Teams Up with iHeartMedia to Launch Original Slate of Curated Playlists Exclusively on iHeartRadio

School of Rock, the leader in performance-based education, announces its latest collaboration with iHeartMedia to bring five original School of Rock playlists to millions of listeners via the iHeartRadio app.

Pump It Up Celebrates Three Millionth Kid’s Birthday Party

Pump It Up, the largest private kids’ birthday party place in the U.S., has a new reason to celebrate.

CEC Entertainment, Inc. Reports Financial Results For The First Quarter 2019

CEC Entertainment, Inc. ("CEC" or the "Company"), a nationally recognized leader in family entertainment and dining, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Big Air Trampoline Park Opens In Hiram, Georgia

Big Air Trampoline Park® opens the doors to the public with new franchise located in Hiram Georgia, May 10th.

Krystal Redesigns Fast-Food Experience In Mobile With New Prototypical Restaurant

The Krystal Company announces the reopening of the Krystal restaurant located at 475 Schillinger Road S. in Mobile, Alabama after a complete “scrape and rebuild” that razed the existing building and replaced it with a new prototype.

School’s out! With Cruise Planners®, Teachers Can Transform into Travel Advisors

Brace yourself, summer is coming! School’s out and for educators that typically means an unpaid 10-week break from school.

Hilton Garden Inn Expands Footprint in Africa

Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) globally recognized upscale hotel brand, is celebrating strong growth in Africa with four open properties and an additional 14 in the pipeline just three years after opening its first hotel on the continent...

New Amadeus-IHG Research Explores The Future Of Hospitality

New research study, Drivers of Change in Hospitality, explores the changes we can expect as guest insight, technology optimization and the ability to hyper-personalize take effect.

Hampton by Hilton Expands Presence in Mexico With First Property in Puebla and the 35th in the Country

Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) Hampton by Hilton, the global upper-midscale brand known for its commitment to providing unmatched guest service, today announced the opening of Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Puebla in Mexico.

MUTTS Canine Cantina® Chooses Fransmart To Take Them Nationwide with their Trend-Setting Restaurant/Cocktail Bar/Off-Leash Dog Park Eatertainment Concept

MUTTS Canine Cantina®, the fastest growing pet eatertainment brand in America, is partnering with Fransmart to bring its unique urban oasis for dogs and their owners to cities across the country.

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative Ties the Knot with Celebrity Cruises

Cruise Planners® has once again been awarded top-producing travel agency by modern luxury cruise brand, Celebrity Cruises.

Big Air Trampoline Park Is Jumping Into Sandy Springs, GA!

Big Air Trampoline Park® is excited to announce a new location to open in Sandy Springs, GA.

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Features & Special Reports

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop’s Service Standard Is A Cut Above

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop is a brand that seeks feedback from its customers, recognizes and rewards employees, and utilizes a system that ensures standards are enforced. This results in loyal customers who keep coming back.

Making the Cut: Ex-MLB Pitcher Finds Success in Franchising

Former MLB pitcher Kyle Sleeth is throwing a perfect game with Floyd's 99 Barbershop.

Entering a Foreign Market – Resources To Help You Succeed

If you're a U.S. franchise brand looking to enter a foreign market, these resources are for you!

Multi-Brand Operators Open Their First of 7 Del Tacos In Atlanta

Multi-Brand Partners Are Bringing Del Taco To The Atlanta Market With An Agreement To Open 7 Locations.

Domino's, McDonald's, and KFC Air Brexit-Related Warnings on Supplies, Prices

U.S. firms operating in the U.K. warn of shortages and price hikes amidst Brexit uncertainty.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Enters South America with a 100-Unit Deal in Brazil

Texas-style barbecue coming to Brazil in a 100-unit deal for Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Franchise Brands Continue Outperforming S&P 500 Index

Index Finds Franchise Brands Are Outperforming S&P Stocks 2 To 1.

Capital Options - Mezzanine Debt Lenders

Exploring The Features And Benefits Of Mezzanine Debt Lenders In Multi-Unit Operator Expansion.

Good News! - August 2019

Welcome to "Good News!" - our monthly roundup of franchise growth, finance, international expansion, regulation and legislation, technology, milestones, and other news about franchisors large, medium, and emerging.

Multi-Unit Franchisee Insight – Hiring, Firing, Training, & Retaining Employees

Multi-Unit Operators Talk About How They Hire, Fire, Train, & Retain Employees.

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