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Choice Hotels Launches Enhanced Mobile Website
and New Android Application

Silver Spring, Md. (September 27, 2011)
– Since its most notable mobile technology milestone just a mere two years ago in the announcement of the hotel industry’s first global iPhone app, Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) recently celebrated a number of new advancements in the mobile segment. The well-known worldwide franchisor just launched its free Android app on August 31st, opening up the benefits of mobile travel to an entire new group of smart phone users. What’s more, the company’s iPhone app that began it all just reached its one-millionth consumer download! If that’s not enough, Choice Hotels also launched a completely redesigned new mobile website, incorporating great new features to meet changing guest demands, such as GPS-based search functionality, one-touch calling, and more hotel photos and amenities.
 
“This is another big step forward in the mobile space not only for Choice Hotels but for the hotel industry overall,” said Chris Brya, director of mobile and emerging channels for Choice Hotels. “More and more guests are using mobile technology for their travel purchases and that number will only increase. We want to supply our guests with everything they need, wherever they are, so that they can have the best booking experience possible on their mobile devices.”
 
The new Choice Hotels Android app gives consumers access to more than 6,000 hotels anytime, right in their back pocket. The app offers users simple functionality to find and book a hotel room instantly on their phones. It features GPS technology and mapping functionality to help road warriors find the nearest Choice Hotels properties to any given location while traveling. Other highlights for the app include easy access to consumers’ Choice Privileges rewards account, hotel property details such as amenities, features and photos, and hotel searching capabilities by city, airport, popular attraction and more.
 
These features are also available on the company’s iPhone app, which recently celebrated one million downloads among consumers from around the world in more than 80 different countries. The Choice Hotels Locator app, which was the first global iPhone app for the hotel industry and one of Apple’s “New and Noteworthy” apps after its initial launch in 2009, also works on iPod Touch and iPad. The free app generates thousands of same-day and next-day reservations every month and is used by more than 1,500 consumers on a daily basis.

For consumers lacking apps on their phone, the company also provides a new, richer mobile experience through its updated mobile website. When accessing ChoiceHotels.com on the Internet browser of their mobile devices, consumers will now experience features like GPS-based search functions, multiple room rates with room descriptions, a photo gallery, one-touch calling, lists of property amenities and features, single-sign-on for rewards accounts, multi-currency display and more. The mobile site redesign came about through an extensive research process of listening and responding to feedback from both guests and franchise hotel owners. The resulting new infrastructure will allow the company to scale for the future growth in mobile use that management anticipates.

About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,100 hotels, representing more than 490,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of June 30, 2011, more than 450 hotels were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 37,000 rooms, and approximately 100 hotels, representing approximately 8,700 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 20 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, Choice Privileges, 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.
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Contact:

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


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Choice Hotels International Opens 27 New Hotels in June 2011 / July 2011

Choice Hotels Appoints Christine Lynn as Vice President of Marketing Services / June 2011

Choice Hotels Opens 29-room Comfort Inn Hyde Park in London, England / April 2011

Choice Hotels Promotes Kelly Kane to Vice President, Corporate Communications and Jeff Lobb to Vice President & Assistant General Counsel / April 2011

Choice Hotels Appoints Michael Murphy to Senior Vice President of Cambria Suites / March 2011

Choice Hotels Annual Supplier Diversity Award to Promote Minority and Woman-Owned Business Awarded to the Choice Hotels Corporate Communications Department / March 2011

Choice Hotels Canada Honours its Top Performing Hotels; 9 Properties Receive Platinum Awards with an Additional 19 Earning Gold / February 2011

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

First Two Cambria Suites Planned for New York City; Extell Development and Robert Chun of We Care Trading Co. Enter Separate Agreements with Choice Hotels for Development of New Properties / January 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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