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Choice Hotels International Opens 16 New Hotels in February
in 11 States and 3 Additional Countries



Silver Spring, Md. (March 9, 2011) – Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) continues to grow with the announcement of 16 newly-opened franchised properties during the month of February. The openings include hotels in 11 states and three additional countries, adding more than 1,400 rooms to the company’s existing 495,000-plus rooms. Select properties that opened in February include:

Clarion Hotel – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
This 100-percent smoke free, pet-friendly hotel, located just a short drive from the ocean and all the attractions this vacation destination has to offer, offers free airport transportation, free weekday newspapers, indoor heated pool, outdoor pool, fitness center, game room, laundry facilities, on-site restaurant and sun deck. The hotel also has an on-site business center and more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space. All guestrooms feature balconies, free Wi-Fi, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards while select rooms also offer microwaves, refrigerators and wet bars.

MainStay Suites – Winnipeg, Canada
This 101-room extended stay hotel is the first MainStay Suites hotel in Manitoba and the second to open in Canada overall. The property features expanded fitness facilities with sauna and whirlpool, approximately 1,000-plus square feet of meeting space, on-site laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi and free grab-and-go breakfast. Guest suites offer a fully-equipped kitchen, large work area, bright task lighting, sleeper sofa, iron and ironing board. Select guest suites also feature in-room wireless computers synced to flat screen TVs.

Clarion Hotel – Itaipava, Brazil
Located in the only Imperial City in South America, the Clarion Hotel Itaipava is near Rio de Janeiro and within walking distance to some of the best shopping and restaurants in the city. The hotel offers free breakfast, free daily newspaper, outdoor heated pool, poolside bar, sauna, racquetball court, pool table, tennis court, bicycle rentals, business center, and on-site coffee shop. Spacious guest rooms are nicely appointed with HD flat-screen plasma TVs, mini-bars, pillow top mattresses, in-room safe, and trouser press while some rooms offer balconies, kitchen facilities, and robes.

Other Choice Hotels brand properties that opened in February include:

Clarion Inn & Suites and Clarion Hotel Comfort Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites, and Comfort Hotel Quality Inn and Quality Suites
Econo Lodge
The Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, Cambria Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel and Rodeway Inn brands are also included within the portfolio of worldwide lodging franchisor Choice Hotels, as well as the Ascend Collection membership program.

About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,000 hotels, representing more than 495,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories.  As of December 31, 2010, more than 500 hotels were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 40,000 rooms, and more than 100 hotels, representing approximately 9,000 rooms, are under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in 18 other countries and territories.  The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands serve guests worldwide.  In addition, via its Ascend Collection membership program, travelers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.

Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. Web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com .

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

2011 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Contact: 

Rocco Loverro
Tel:  (301) 592-6719
rocco_loverro@choicehotels.com

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Also See: Choice Hotels International Opens 15 New Hotels in January / February 2011

Choice Hotels Begins Overseas Roll Out of Proprietary Web-based Property Management System, choiceADVANTAGE, for its International Franchisees / February 2011

Choice Hotels International Opens 73 New Hotels in December / January 2011

Three Canadian Properties Join Choice Hotels Ascend Collection; The Château Moncton and Château Saint John, New Brunswick, and Hotel Royal William, Québec / January 2011

Choice Hotels International Opens 33 Hotels in November in 14 States and Seven Countries Adding More than 2,500 rooms / December 2010

Choice Hotels International Opens 24 New Hotels in October Adding More than 1,600 rooms / November 2010

Choice Hotels Offers Significant Incentives for Hotel Owners Interested in Converting an Existing Hotel to the Quality, Clarion or Econo Lodge Brand; Incentives Include Discounted Application Fees, No Royalty Fees and Cash Back Upon Opening / August 2010

To Stimulate Brand Growth Econo Lodge Offering Up to $25,000 in Incentives for Conversion Properties / Aug 2003

Choice Offers Development Incentive for Conversions to Quality Brand; Up to $85,000 in Savings for Conversion Properties / Aug 2002
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