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Chris Wallace Joins Choice Hotels as Assistant General Counsel, Franchising

SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 27, 2012 -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) today announced that Chris Wallace has joined Choice Hotels as Assistant General Counsel, Franchising, reporting to Simone Wu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer.

In his new role, Chris will manage Choice's Franchise and Contracts Administration Division and be responsible for overseeing Choice's franchise compliance function and ensuring that Choice and its associates act in accordance with all state, federal, and international franchise laws. He will also be responsible for, and oversee the preparation of, all Franchise Disclosure Documents, franchise agreements, renewals, and franchise terminations.

"Chris will be an integral member of our legal team and instrumental in supporting the continued efforts to expand Choice's domestic and international franchising system. The responsibility for ensuring all franchise agreements and disclosure documents are prepared properly and in a timely manner is critical to Choice Hotels, one of the largest franchising companies within the hospitality industry," said Simone Wu.

With more than 15 years of legal experience, including over 11 years in domestic and international franchising law, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to Choice. He most recently served as Counsel for Nixon Peabody, LLP, in Washington, D.C., which was named "Law Firm of the Year" in Franchise Law the past two years by U.S. News & World Report. As a member of the firm's Franchise and Distribution Team for more than 8 years, he provided counsel to domestic and international franchisor corporations, franchisees and distributors on all aspects of franchising, licensing and distribution. Chris has worked with a variety of major international clients and brings expertise in the areas of trademark license agreements, master franchise agreements, franchise compliance and franchise litigation. Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Chris held positions at firms in Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y., specializing in franchise litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and general commercial litigation.

Chris was the founder and serves as Chair of the Franchise Law Committee of the District of Columbia Bar's Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section. He also serves on various franchising forums and committees for the American Bar Association and International Franchise Association. Chris received his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Pace University School of Law and is a graduate of Colgate University.

About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises approximately 6,200 hotels, representing more than 495,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As September 30, 2012, more than 360 hotels representing 29,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 75 hotels, representing approximately 7,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in approximately 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 have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.

Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. website, 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.

Contact:

Sarah Lee
+1-301-628-4397
sarah_lee@choicehotels.com
www.choicehotels.com

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