Tom Bodett Counts Down Top 6 Reasons to Stay at a Motel During the Holidays Instead of With Relatives

Dec 08, 2006, 00:00 ET from Motel 6

    CARROLLTON, Texas, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The holidays are a time when,
 out of love or just sheer marital obligation, people hit the road to see
 the family. In a humorous podcast, award-winning Motel 6 spokesperson Tom
 Bodett counts down the top six reasons to stay at a motel instead of with
 your relatives this holiday season. The tongue-in-cheek podcast, titled,
 "Motel 6 Top Reasons to Stay at a Motel during the Holidays," is available
 for download at .
     "We thought we would have some fun during the holidays and who better
 to have featured in our holiday podcast than Tom Bodett," said Eric Studer,
 senior vice president of marketing services for Motel 6. "People have such
 an affinity for Bodett's voice; there is an association with him and Motel
 6 from our 'We'll leave the light on' ad campaign."
     Statistics show that 91 percent of people going over the river, through
 the woods and up the interstate to grandma's house are doing it the old
 fashioned way -- by car. Visiting the extended family is the number one
 reason people travel this time of year, with avoiding them being number
     "All this road-tripping means a lot of people needing somewhere to
 stay. And it seems that more and more people are opting out of the baby's
 room turned guestroom or Aunt Harriet's plastic-covered couch, and wisely
 choosing to stay at a hotel or motel. And there are good reasons for that.
 Six of them to be exact," Bodett says in the podcast. "One of the reasons
 being, 'You won't see anybody in a nightgown that you don't want to'."
     Tom Bodett began working with Motel 6 in 1986, and ad libbed the
 tagline, "We'll Leave the Light on for You" in very first recording
 session. The brand's advertising campaign proved an instant success for
 Motel 6, turning the chain into a household name.
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