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 Choice Hotels International Names Dan Couture to the Position
of Regional Vice President, Extended Stay Development
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Silver Spring, Md. (February 22, 2006) -- Choice Hotels International (NYSE:CHH) recently announced the promotion of Dan Couture to the position of regional vice president, extended stay development.  In his new position, Couture will oversee the company’s newly created national extended stay franchise sales force and be responsible for overseeing the strategic growth of both the MainStay Suites and Suburban brands in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. 

Couture will report to Ron Burgett, vice president, franchise sales and development. 

"In his twelve years at Choice, Dan has taken on a number of challenges with overwhelming success," said Burgett. "His leadership skills and personal drive combined with his in-depth knowledge of hotel operations, franchise sales and hotel development will move our extended stay brands to the next level of success."  

Couture will lead a team of 9 dedicated franchise sales directors focused on growing the MainStay Suites and Suburban Extended Stay Hotel brands. Combined, the two brands have almost 100 hotels open throughout the U.S. The MainStay Suites hotel brand, developed by Choice, was the industry’s first franchised mid-priced extended stay lodging product. The Suburban Extended Stay Hotel brand, acquired by Choice in late 2005, is a leader in the economy extended stay-lodging segment. 

"Dan is a proven leader with a commitment to excellence and integrity," said Kevin Lewis, vice president, extended stay brands. "His keen understanding of the hotel development process combined with his operations and support experience make his appointment a win-win for Choice and prospective developers."

Couture has more than 30 years experience in the hospitality industry including hotel operations, franchise sales and franchise services. Previously, Couture directed Choice’s franchise administration and property conversion services department. He also held positions as regional vice president franchise sales in the Midwest region and vice president, franchise development in Canada. Prior to Choice, Dan worked for Cendant, Doubletree, Accor and Radisson as well as several independent hotels and restaurants.

Choice Hotels International is one of the world's largest lodging franchisors, marketing more than 5,000 hotels open or under development in more than 40 countries under the Cambria Suites, Clarion, Quality, Comfort Suites, Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brand names. For more information on Choice, visit the company's web site at www.choicehotels.com.

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Cambria Suites, Clarion, Quality, Comfort Suites, Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, and Rodeway Inn are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International

© 2006 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Contact:

Robin Ferrier
Tel:  (301) 592-6719
Fax: (301) 592-6177
robin_ferrier@choicehotels.com

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Also See: The MainStay Suites Greenville, SC Named Inn of the Year for Choice Hotel’s MainStay Suite Brand / June 2005
The Summit Group Building the First Cambria Suites in Boise, Idaho; New All-Suites Brand Designed by Choice Hotels Has 8 Executed Deals / October 2005


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