Happy birthday to Travelodge, which is based in Thame

Travelodge 30th birthday cake at their head office, Thame. Pictured are some of the staff celebrating.
Travelodge 30th birthday cake at their head office, Thame. Pictured are some of the staff celebrating.

Staff at Travelodge in Thame celebrated the budget hotel’s 30th anniversary.

More than 200 staff are based in the company’s support office in Sleepy Hollow on Aylesbury Road on Friday June 19.

The office houses the company’s revenue, marketing, finance, human resources, sales, marketing and IT teams.

The teams celebrated the landmark with a giant cake designed in the style of one of the company’s new look rooms.

Travelodge moved their support office into Thame in 2003 before moving into a bigger building in 2006. which was opened by then Henley MP Boris Johnson.

This year also marks 20 years since the company opened a 51-room hotel in Long Crendon Road in Thame in 1995.

Peter Gowers, Travelodge CEO said: “This year we celebrate our 30th anniversary.

“It’s a great time to celebrate the terrific work that has been done over the last three decades and to look forward to the years ahead.

“Today, Travelodge is an iconic British brand, famous for offering unbeatable value and making travel affordable for everyone.

“The company’s success has only been possible due to the great team work that takes place every day across the business, including our Support Office in Thame.

“As we look to the next 30 years, the future looks very bright.

“We are making really great progress on our journey to make Travelodge the favourite hotel for value.

“We will continue to grow our business, develop our people, open hundreds of hotels in great locations and create thousands of jobs across Britain and beyond.”

Among the bizarre items left behind at the Travelodge hotel in Thame over the years include:

> A gift card for Le Manoir

> A Boardman road bike worth £3,000

> A pair of designer slippers

> A picnic hamper filled with pickles, cookies, fudge and bread

> A cricket ball, signed by ex-England international Allan Lamb

Some of the most bizarre requests from Travelodge customers at the hotel in Thame over the years include:

> Are we near the mouth of the Thames?

> Can someone proofread a book I’ve written?

> Can I borrow your shoes? I have a meeting to get to.

> What time does the sun come out tomorrow?

> Can someone give me a guided tour of the town?

The five most left-behind books at Travelodge in Thame are:

> The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

> Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James

> The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

> Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

> Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

Travelodgge started with just ten hotels across the country in 1985, and is now home to more than 10,000 employees and 521 hotels across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Spain.

Guests have enjoyed an estimated 880 million hours of sleep, 50 million sausages and 10,950 sunrises and sunsets sincethe first of the hotels opened – the ‘Burton A38 (Northbound) Travelodge.’