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La Quinta Inns & Suites Announces Thomas Busch As
Director Of Development For The Midwest

Hospitality Development Executive Joins the Hotel Industry’s Premier Franchise
Sales Team to Lead La Quinta’s Expansion in the Heartland

 
DALLAS (May, 2012) – La Quinta Inns & Suites, the fastest-growing select service brand in the hotel industry over the past decade, announced that industry veteran Tom Busch has been appointed to the position of Director of Development for the Midwest. Mr. Busch has hotel development and senior management experience in the industry dating to 1996. He joins La Quinta after holding development positions at IHG and Wyndham Hotel Group. Mr. Busch will be based in Chicago and will report to David Wilner, La Quinta’s Senior Vice President of Development in Dallas.

Wilner said, “We are delighted to welcome Tom to the La Quinta family, as we continue La Quinta’s rapid expansion across all of North America and around the world.” He concluded, “We are confident that Tom will be the leader we are looking for to manage our growth in the Midwest and we look forward to his immediate impact.”

Mr. Busch begins his duties at La Quinta effectively immediately and can be reached at tom.busch@laquinta.com or at (847) 404-5120.  Busch is a graduate of Elmhurst College and has credentials as a licensed real estate broker.

“I am thrilled to join La Quinta at this exciting moment in the brand’s growth,” said Busch. “Working with David and the entire franchise development team, I’m eager to take the brand’s franchise growth in the Midwest to a new level.”
 
Busch joins a team of development professionals that has distinguished itself as the industry’s best. According to a study conducted by Smith Travel Research, La Quinta grew faster than any other select service brand in the years 2001-2011, growing more than 166% in that period. In the same period, its nearest competitor grew at just over 64%. La Quinta also recently announced its expansion into Colombia and expects additional announcements on its international growth in the weeks ahead.
 
About La Quinta
 LQ Management L.L.C. is one of the largest operators of limited-service hotels in the United States.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the Company operates and provides franchise services to more than 800 hotels in 46 states, Canada and Mexico under the La Quinta Inn® and La Quinta Inn & Suites® brands. For reservations or more information about La Quinta, please visit www.LQ.com or call 1-800-SLEEPLQ.    Follow La Quinta Inns & Suites on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LQ or become a Facebook fan at http://www.facebook.com/laquinta.
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Contact: 

Teresa Ferguson
212-492-6937
teresa.ferguson@laquinta.com

Michael Frenkel
(212) 808-6559
michael@mfcpr.com 
 
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Also See: La Quinta is the Decade's Fastest Growing Select Service; According to Smith Travel Research, La Quinta's Worldwide Growth Exceeds its Nearest Competitor by More than 250% in the last ten years -- and in domestic growth by more than 25% in the last five years / February 2012

La Quinta Inns & Suites Opens in Puebla Palmas, Mexico / December 2011

La Quinta Inns & Suites Announces Edgar Garin as Director of Franchise Development for Central and South America; La Quinta Continues to Invest in Latin American Growth with a Burgeoning Pipeline of more than 1,100 Rooms and an Enhanced Infrastructure to Promote Rapid Expansion / November 2011

La Quinta Inns & Suites Announce Year-End Results; 2010 Numbers Exceed Expectations in Quality, Service, Guest Satisfaction and Growth Position the Brand for an Even Brighter 2011 / February 2011

La Quinta Inns & Suites Announces Mark Heisler as Director of Development for the Midwest / January 2011

La Quinta Inns & Suites Adds Three Hotels in Idaho; Agreement with AmeriTel Inns, Brings La Quinta Brand to Boise, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls / July 2010

Ameritel Planning Two Hotels in Twin Falls, Idaho / July 2006
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