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 Grupo Casa Grande Opens Microtel Inn & Suites
in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
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ATLANTA (Feb. 7, 2006) - Chihuahua, Mexico based-Grupo Casa Grande has opened a Microtel Inn & Suites hotel in Culiacàn, Sinaloa, México at Blv. Pedro Infante #2525.  

The hotel's official opening and dedication will take place on February 15th with State Governor Lic. Jesus A. Aguilar.  Also on hand will be Augusto Champion, Alvaro Madero, Luis Alberto Kuroda, Tony Pico Jr. and Carlos Muñoz, all of Inmobiliaria Microtel de Culiacan, owner of the hotel; Sergio Portillo of Desarrollos Hoteleros de las Americas S.A. de C.V., Master Franchisor for Microtel Inns & Suites in Mexico, and Roy Flora, Executive Vice President of Franchise Operations for US Franchise Systems, Inc., the Atlanta, Georgia-based franchisor of the Microtel hotel brand. 

"We are excited to continue Microtel's expansion throughout Mexico," said Flora.  "With its quality, consistency and value, there is the potential for many more Microtel hotels on the international scene."

The new Microtel hotel in Culiacàn is centrally located next to the Hospital Angeles Medical Center, scheduled to open this summer; two blocks from the new Government Center; less than one mile from several universities and industrial parks, and six miles from the International Airport of Culiacàn. 

Commented Gerardo S. Murray, Vice President, Operations & Marketing, Grupo Hotelero Casa Grande, "We are proud to be part of Microtel's international growth.  With its excellent location in the heart of Culiacàn, quality and affordable prices, we know that our hotel will be successful."  Grupo Casa Grande also owns and operates the Microtel Inn & Suites in Chihuahua, Radisson Monterrey Valle and Radisson Ciudad Juarez, and Casa Grande hotels in Chihuahua and Delicias City, Mexico. 

The 113-room, three-story Microtel Inn & Suites Culiacàn offers single, double and suite accommodations, all with queen beds.  Amenities include free local calls, free high speed Internet access, both wired and wireless, remote cable TV with Pay-per-view movies, free continental breakfast, and complimentary social hour every afternoon.  There is also a business center and meeting facilities for up to 40 people.  Complimentary airport transportation is available.

There are currently 259 Microtel hotels open worldwide.  In addition to the Mexico properties in Chihuahua and Culiacàn, there are Microtel hotels in Argentina (Buenos Aires/Costa Salguero, Mendoza and Malargue/Mendoza); the Philippines (Luisita/Tarlac, General Trias/Cavite and Sto. Thomas/Batangas), and Honduras (San Pedro Sula).  There are currently 19 Microtel hotels under construction worldwide, including properties in Boracay Island/Aklan, the Philippines, and Parry Sound/Ontario, Canada.    
 
Microtel Inns & Suites are all newly constructed, interior corridor, budget-economy hotels and one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the U.S.  Guests enjoy membership in the MicroPass(tm) frequent guest program and earn a free night's stay after just nine night stays at any Microtel hotel location.  For the fourth consecutive year, the chain was ranked highest in guest satisfaction among economy-budget hotel chains in J.D. Power and Associates' North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study. Microtel also won the 2005 Extra Mile Award from Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine for providing guests nationwide with free local and long distance calling and with free wireless high speed Internet service.

For hotel reservations, contact 1-800-771-7171 toll-free, or visit http://www.microtelinn.com.  Microtel Inn & Suites Culiacàn can be reached directly at 667-758-6300 or 01-800-505-7070, online at http://www.microtelmexico.com.mx or by e-mail at ventascu@microtelmexico.com.mx.  General Manager for the property is Luz Elena Laizola.

For information about Microtel Inns & Suites in Mexico, contact master franchisee Sergio Portillo of Desarrollos Hoteleros de las Americas S.A. de C.V., in Chihuahua, Chi. Mexico at 52-614-439-4445 or sportillo@microtelmexico.com.mx. 

All Microtel hotels are independently owned and operated.

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Contact:
 
Gerardo S. Murray
Vice President, Operations & Marketing
Grupo Hotelero Casa Grande
Tel: 01-614-43944-44
gmurray@hcg.com.mx

Barbara Wiener-Fischhof
US Franchise Systems, Inc.
Tel: 404-235-7400
barbara.wiener.fischhof@usfsi.com

http://www.microtelinn.com/

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Also See: Hoteles Microtel Inns de Argentina S.A Opens Microtel Inn & Suites in Buenos Aires / April 2000
Microtel Inn & Suites First International Hotel Breaks Ground in San Pedro Sula, Honduras / Oct 1998


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