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Choice Hotels International Opens 107 Hotels in Q3 2013

ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, added 107 properties globally during the third quarter of 2013. Additionally, the company experienced robust franchise sales activity in US, executing a total of 129 new domestic franchise agreements during the third quarter of 2013, a 45-percent increase over the same period last year.

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Hotel openings this quarter included properties in 36 U.S. states and 11 countries. This development activity adds more than 9,700 guestrooms to the company's existing rooms, which now stand at more than half a million. The Choice Hotels International portfolio of franchised hotels offers leisure and business travelers a full spectrum of options from economy to upscale hotels and resorts.

Development for Choice Hotels International's iconic Comfort family of brands continues to grow. The third quarter witnessed more hotels opening with the new generation "Truly Yours" design for both the Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites brands. These prototypes for the Comfort brands were created in collaboration with Gensler, a leading architecture, design and strategy firm with world-renowned brand and hospitality practices. The overall new aesthetic is contemporary while still maintaining the Comfort brand's signature warm and inviting look and feel.

Interest in the brand has been strong, particularly since the roll-out of the Comfort Re-Imagined brand improvement program. At its annual convention in May, Choice Hotels International announced that it would commit $40 million in incentives to the Comfort brands' landmark property improvement incentive program, which is intended to accelerate and expand re-investment in the core system. Licensees have expressed a high level of enthusiasm for this program, as evidenced by the several hundred incentive applications received during this past quarter. 

"Choice's flagship Comfort brands have a tradition of success and continue to perform. This quarter, with our Comfort Re-Imagined brand improvement program gaining momentum, we experienced significant development activity for both Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites," said David Pepper, senior vice president of global development for Choice Hotels International. "That solid foundation allows Choice Hotels to continue to advance into the upscale tier and more international markets through the strategic growth of our emerging Cambria Suites brand and the rapid expansion of Ascend Hotel Collection." 

Ascend Hotel Collection, Choice's fast growing portfolio of independent upscale hotels and resorts, continues to gain prominence as it expands into more key destinations. Ascend Hotel Collection properties can now be found throughout the world in North America, Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, and Australia. During the third quarter of 2013, the first Ascend property opened in Ireland, the gibson hotel in Dublin; and the Collection added another property in Australia, The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel in Sydney. 

Choice Hotels International's emerging, all new-construction upscale brand, Cambria Suites, continues its strategic expansion into major markets. During the third quarter of 2013, the brand celebrated a groundbreaking event for the Cambria Suites Phoenix-Desert Ridge in Arizona. Desert Ridge is one of Arizona's largest master planned communities. Cambria Suites Phoenix-Desert Ridge will also serve as home to the brand's national training kitchen for its on-property restaurants, called Reflect, and its new innovative business catering concept, which was also unveiled during the third quarter of 2013. 

Select properties that opened during this year's third quarter include:

Comfort Suites Fargo, N.D. – This 82-suite, new construction hotel is among the first new generation prototype Comfort-branded hotels to showcase the brand's new, more contemporary look and feel. The Comfort Suites Fargo, North Dakota is conveniently located off Interstate 94 in the heart of the rapidly growing south side of Fargo. Guests have easy access to West Acres Shopping Center, Scheels Arena and Red River Zoo. This Fargo, ND hotel is also convenient to the Fargodome, The Children's Museum at Yunker Farms, the Roger Maris Museum and the new Sanford Health Medical Center, a $500 million, 371 bed state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open in 2016. This property offers guests free services and amenities, which include hot breakfast, a daily newspaper, and wireless high speed internet access. The Comfort Suites Fargo, North Dakota also features a heated indoor pool, plenty of free parking, state of the art fitness center, and a 24/7 business center with access to printing, faxing and copying services. All guest rooms include a microwave and a refrigerator. Some suites include a pull-out sofa.

Sleep Inn & Suites, Hennessey, Okla. – This 50-room hotel is conveniently located near the Roy Cashion Monument Chisholm Trail, Memorial Park and Turkey Creek Golf Course. Newly constructed, this property showcases the brand's simply stylish Designed to Dream design concept, which was also developed in collaboration with leading architecture, design and strategy firm with world-renowned brand and hospitality practices, Gensler. Designed to Dream offers guests a welcoming and restful environment with warm colors, fresh graphics and soothing nature-oriented art. At the Sleep Inn & Suites Hennessey, Oklahoma, travelers can expect a relaxing stay as well as the following free services and amenities: hot breakfast, wireless high-speed Internet access, daily newspaper and fitness center. Meeting space can accommodate groups of up to 20 people.

Plantation on Crystal River, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Crystal River, Fl.
Located waterfront on the Crystal River, the 196-room Plantation is widely known for offering guests the rare experience of swimming with manatees in their natural habitat as the only location in North America where humans can legally interact in the wild with the endangered animals. In addition to the natural springs of King's Bay and more than 25,000 surface acres of pristine lakes, rivers, wildlife refuges and state parks, the Plantation offers a number of exceptional amenities, including an Aveda spa; three dining outlets; waterfront pool; The Adventure Center and Dive Shop with boat and kayak rental, snorkel tours, scalloping adventures and manatee encounters; an 18-hole championship golf course and 9-hole lagoon course; and more than 12,000 square feet of newly-renovated flexible event space.

the gibson, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Dublin, Ireland
Located in Dublin's new cultural hub, the gibson hotel is a short stroll along the Liffey River to the city center. The 252-room property features cutting-edge design, high energy ambiance and guest comfort. Visitors to the hotel can enjoy a destination restaurant and bar; state-of-the-art gym; relaxation areas; courtyards; business center; and extensive square feet of meeting space with sweeping views of the Dublin cityscape.

Spanning two floors, the conference area has nine contemporary meeting rooms accommodating up to 300 people and is equipped with free Wi-Fi and the latest audio-visual technology. Also part of the gibson hotel experience: a relaxation area with sauna and steam room; Japanese copper baths on the terrace with mountain vistas; and courtyards, with towering bamboos and water features. Guests can enjoy a Zen-like atmosphere in the heart of the bustling city. Guestrooms feature custom furnishings, a soothing neutral color palette, plush beds and natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. Many rooms include private balconies with stunning views of tranquil interior courtyards or the Dublin skyline.

Choice Hotels also introduced the following hotels during the third quarter of 2013:

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Ascend Resort Collection and Ascend Hotel Collection


Comfort Inn and Comfort Inn & Suites

Hotel Name

City

Country/State

Rooms

Comfort Inn

Yorktown

VA

44

Comfort Inn

Appalachian

NY

52

Comfort Inn & Suites

Raphine

VA

86

Comfort Inn

Joliet

IL

68

Comfort Inn

Mount Airy

NC

55

Comfort Inn & Suites

Donna

TX

55

Comfort Inn & Suites

Hutchinson

KS

69

Comfort Inn & Suites

Somerset

NJ

109

Comfort Inn & Suites

Virginia Beach

VA

67

Comfort Inn

Pittston

PA

99

Comfort Inn & Suites

Waterloo

IA

57

Comfort Suites

Hotel Name

City

Country/State

Rooms

Comfort Suites

Bozeman

MT

80

Comfort Suites

Fargo

ND

82

Comfort Suites

Gainesville

TX

72

Comfort Suites

Minot

ND

88

Comfort Suites

Albuquerque

NM

69

Comfort Suites

Gonzales

LA

77

Sleep Inn & Suites

Hotel Name

City

Country/State

Rooms

Sleep Inn & Suites

Hennessey

OK

50

Clarion

Hotel Name

City

Country/State

Rooms

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center

Ronkonkoma

NY

289

Clarion Hotel and Suites

Greenville

SC

153

Clarion Hotel Airport

Saint Louis

MO

160

Clarion Hotel Campus Area

Eau Claire

WI

137

Clarion Hotel

Amarillo

TX

236

Clarion Hotel

Desoto

TX

149

Econo Lodge and Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

Hotel Name

City

Country/State

Rooms

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

Moore

OK

57

Econo Lodge

Sturbridge

MA

52

Econo Lodge

Breezewood

PA

90

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

Jackson

TN

89

Econo Lodge

Pilot Mountain

NC

56

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

Groton

CT

45

Econo Lodge Conference Center

Allentown

PA

283

Econo Lodge

Shelbyville

IN

50

Econo Lodge Central

Midland

MI

73

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Near Florida Mall

Orlando

FL

170

Econo Lodge

DeFuniak Springs

FL

48

Econo Lodge

Summersville

WV

57

Econo Lodge

Estes Park

CO

42

Econo Lodge

Ormond Beach

FL

120

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

Valentine

NE

72

Econo Lodge

Lima

OH

55

Quality Inn and Quality Inn & Suites

Hotel Name

City

Country/State

Rooms

Quality Inn

Kinder

LA

62

Quality Inn

Hazard

KY

76

Quality Inn & Suites Airport

Greenville

SC

140

Quality Inn & Suites

Jasper

TN

73

Quality Inn

Alexander City

AL

42

Quality Inn

Deming

NM

116

Quality Inn & Suites

Middletown

RI

112

Quality Inn & Suites

Novi

MI

82

Quality Inn

Dallas

TX

101

Quality Inn

Dothan

AL

80

Quality Inn & Suites

Albuquerque

NM

168

Quality Inn

Albany

GA

82

Quality Inn & Suites

Lincoln

NE

70

Quality Inn

Parker

AZ

40

Quality Inn

Bartlesville

OK

106

Quality Inn

Vincennes

IN

58

Quality Inn & Suites

Port Arthur

TX

61

Quality Inn

Marlborough

MA

65

Quality Inn & Suites Worlds of Fun South

Kansas City

MO

134

Quality Inn & Suites

Harvey

IL

73

Quality Inn & Suites Decatur - Atlanta East

Decatur

GA

63

Quality Inn & Suites

Goshen

IN

91

Quality Suites

Blue Ash

OH

50

Quality Inn

Madison

AL

80

Quality Inn & Suites Eagle Pass

Eagle Pass

TX

40

Quality Inn

Golden

CO

63

Quality Inn

Havelock

NC

94

Quality Inn

Hillsboro

TX

53

Rodeway Inn and Rodeway Inn & Suites

Hotel Name

City

Country/State

Rooms

Rodeway Inn

Santa Rosa

NM

30

Rodeway Inn

Montgomery

AL

40

Rodeway Inn & Suites O'Hare South

Franklin Park

IL

56

Rodeway Inn

Paradise

PA

25

Rodeway Inn

Allentown

PA

44

Rodeway Inn Emerald Forest of Trinidad

Trinidad

CA

20

Rodeway Inn

Savannah

GA

45

Rodeway Inn

Cheyenne

WY

30

Rodeway Inn & Suites

Hershey

PA

32

Rodeway Inn & Suites

Carmel

IN

75

Rodeway Inn

Moberly

MO

63

Rodeway Inn

Knoxville

TN

55

Rodeway Inn

Hot Springs

AR

50

Rodeway Inn East

Albuquerque

NM

60

Suburban Extended Stay Hotel

Hotel Name

City

Country/State

Rooms

Suburban Extended Stay Hotel

Triadelphia

WV

120


INTERNATIONAL
Ascend Hotel Collection

Clarion

Clarion Collection Hotel Winchester Royal

Winchester

United Kingdom

81

Clarion Congress Hotel Olomouc

Olomouc

Czech Republic

126

Clarion Hotel Chennai

Chennai

India

100

Clarion Hotel Amaranten

Stockholm

Sweden

457

Quality

Hotel Name

City

Country/State

Rooms

Quality Hotel

Drumheller

Canada

100

Quality Hotel Ambassador

Hamilton

New Zealand

51

Quality Hotel Friends

Solna/Stockholm

Sweden

399

Quality Hotel Huludao

Huludao

China

102

Quality Hotel Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton

United Kingdom

60

Quality Inn

Southampton

Canada

52

Quality Inn

Barrie

Canada

96

Quality Suites D'Olive Receptions

Point Cook

Australia

38

Comfort

Hotel Name

City

Country/State

Rooms

Comfort Hotel Paris Est Saint-Maur

Saint-Maur-Des-Fosses

France

75

Comfort Inn & Suites

Fox Creek

Canada

85

Econo Lodge

Hotel Name

City

Country/State

Rooms

Hotel Skt. Petri, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Copenhagan

Denmark

268

Econo Lodge Portland

Portland

Australia

15

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Generally, our use of words such as "expect," "estimate," "believe," "anticipate," "will," "forecast," "plan"," project," "assume" or similar words of futurity identify such forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are based on management's current beliefs, assumptions and expectations regarding future events, which in turn are based on information currently available to management.  Such statements may relate to projections of the company's revenue, earnings and other financial and operational measures, company debt levels, ability to repay outstanding indebtedness, payment of dividends, and future operations, among other matters.   We caution you not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors.

Several factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements of the company to differ materially from those expressed in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements.  Such risks include, but are not limited to, changes to general, domestic and foreign economic conditions;  operating risks common in the lodging and franchising industries; changes to the desirability of our brands as viewed by hotel operators and customers; changes to the terms or termination of our contracts with franchisees; our ability to keep pace with improvements in technology utilized for reservations systems and other operating systems; fluctuations in the supply and demand for hotels rooms; and our ability to manage effectively our indebtedness.  These and other risk factors are discussed in detail in the Risk Factors section of the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 28, 2013 and our quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q.  We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,300 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories.  As of September 30, 2013, 371 hotels, representing more than 29,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States.  Additionally, 84 hotels, representing approximately 7,200 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other countries and territories.  The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide. All hotels are independently owned and operated.

SkyTouch Technology is an initiative of Choice Hotels International, Inc. that develops and markets cloud-based technology products to help industry-wide hoteliers improve their efficiency and profitability.

Choice Hotels International offers the Choice Privileges rewards program. With more than 18 million members worldwide, is one of the fastest growing hotel loyalty programs in the travel industry.

Additional corporate information can be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection and SkyTouch Technology are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International, Inc.

© 2013 Choice Hotels International, Inc.  All rights reserved.

SOURCE Choice Hotels International, Inc.



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