ROCKVILLE, Md., July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's leading hotel companies, announces that New York native Andrea Fasano has been hired as the brand's first Choice Hotels Ultimate People Person (#ChoicePeoplePerson). The role was created to celebrate the relaunch of the Choice Hotels brand and embody the company's mission of bringing people together through travel and establishing meaningful in-person connections.
As the Choice Hotels Ultimate People Person, which is a paid position, Fasano will spend July and August traveling around the United States to attend Choice Hotels' events, festivals and local attractions all in an effort to connect with the community. She will chronicle her journey and share the stories of thousands of people through Choice Hotels' social media channels. She will experience the various Choice Hotels brands along the way such as its iconic Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Cambria hotels & suites, Clarion and the Ascend Hotel Collection membership program.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Andrea to the Choice Hotels family for the summer," says Anne Smith, vice president of brand strategy at Choice Hotels. "She is a true representation of what we had in mind for the Ultimate People Person role and the new Choice Hotels brand personality. She is a fun-loving, driven, natural people person and an enthusiastic traveler. We are looking forward to following Andrea's journey and being part of the meaningful connections she makes with the people she encounters across cities, cultures and communities."
Selecting the Choice Hotels Ultimate People Person was a coast to coast endeavor which entailed weighing every applicant's flair for making friends online and in-person. The process started in May with a national call-to-action for exceptionally gregarious candidates who are social media savvy, love to travel, have an interest in the hospitality business and, most importantly, have an inviting and outgoing personality. Within weeks, hundreds of entrants submitted resumes, social media posts and reasons explaining why they were the right person for the role.
Once the field narrowed to three, the finalists were flown to the Choice Hotels corporate headquarters in Rockville, Maryland to meet with executives as well as complete a series of tasks designed to put their social butterfly and social media skills to the test. Fasano's creativity, engaging personality and adventurous spirit lead the team to select her as the Choice Hotels Ultimate People Person.
"Traveling as the Choice Hotels Ultimate People Person is the opportunity of a lifetime. I am so excited to live out of my suitcase in Choice hotels for the next couple of months and share my adventures with friends across the country, old and new," said Andrea Fasano, the Choice Hotels Ultimate People Person. "I'll chronicle it all online – the hotels, the food, the people, the places -- so everyone can come along for the ride."
Andrea's trip itinerary includes:
Philadelphia, PA (July 9-11)
New York, NY (July 13-15)
Washington, D.C. (July 16-18)
Kissimmee, FL (July 27-July 29)
Chicago, IL (July 30- August 1)
Las Vegas, NV (August 10-13)
Los Angeles, CA (August 14-16)
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Choice Hotels International, Inc.® (NYSE: CHH) is one of the world's largest lodging companies. With more than 6,300 hotels franchised in more than 35 countries and territories, we represent more than 500,000 rooms around the globe. As of March 31, 2015, 615 hotels were in our development pipeline. Our company's Ascend Hotel Collection®, Cambria® hotels & suites, Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge® and Rodeway Inn® brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet guests' needs. With more than 23 million members and counting, check out our Choice Privileges® rewards program to see how you can reap the benefits of being a member of the Choice Hotels® family.