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Venezuelan Developer, Vitorrio De Stefano, Opens
200 room Clarion Hotel on Island of Curacao
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Silver Spring, MD (March 23, 2006) – Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH) today announced the opening of the four-star Clarion hotel located on the Caribbean island of Curacao.

The opening of the Clarion International Curacao hotel represents Choice's seventh hotel franchise in the Caribbean region. 

In the tradition of the internationally recognized Clarion brand, the new hotel is an upscale, full-service facility that will target both the corporate and leisure traveler. The Clarion International Curacao hotel has 200 spacious rooms and guest suites, including the Clarion Class Business Room.  

Dr. Vitorrio De Stefano, a Venezuelan developer with major projects in South America, marks his entry into the Curacao market with the opening of the Clarion. The property will be managed by Universal Hotels & Resorts, which is run by Ralph Valero and Eduardo Scull, 30-year industry veterans with major hotel complexes in the Caribbean and South America.

"Increasing the number of Hispanic hotel owners in our system is a key corporate initiative therefore we are extremely excited about having Dr. De Stefano as a partner," said Raul Fuentes, manager, emerging markets & customer segmentation.

“Choice Hotels Clarion brand brings tremendous marketing power, convention expertise and high international standards to Curacao,” said Shane Platt, regional vice president of franchise sales and development. “We are confident that the Clarion International Curacao hotel will provide a significant boost to the group, convention and business travel segments in Curacao, which will help enhance tourism and economic development in the region.”

The Clarion International Curacao hotel’s imported marble, hardwood floors, artisan-created special Italian stucco finish and detailing throughout effectively blends world-class elegance and design, with modern business conveniences. Leisure travelers will enjoy the new swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, and all the amenities of the newly renovated World Trade Center (WTC).

The WTC is Curacao’s first American-style entertainment and business complex. The new WTC complex is an air-conditioned, upscale shopping mall with movie theaters, restaurants and regularly scheduled live musical events. It will include a four-story state-of-the-art office building featuring a UPS Business Center, banking facility, postal services and an Internet café. 

About Choice Hotels International
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 41 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. 

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Contact:

Ralph Valero
Tel: (5999) 463-6615
ralph.valero@wtccuracao.com

Robin Ferrier
Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel: (301) 592-6719
robin_ferrier@choicehotels.com
www.choicehotels.com

Also See: The 350-room luxury Hyatt Regency Curacao Breaks Ground, Part of the $104 million Santa Barbara Plantation Project / December 2005

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