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 La Quinta Inn & Suites in Galveston, Texas Is 100th
Franchised Property for La Quinta Corporation
LAS VEGAS (March 16, 2004) – Celebrating more than two years of record growth and achievement, Dallas-based La Quinta Corporation (NYSE: LQI) announced the opening of its 100th franchised property, a La Quinta Inn & Suites in Galveston, TX, during the company’s 2004 National Conference for owners and general managers.

The brand new 71-room, four-story hotel is conveniently located for leisure and business travelers at 8710 Seawall Boulevard, steps from the oceanfront, and less than two miles to from Scholes International Airport. The property features an outdoor pool, a state of the art fitness center, covered parking, high-speed Internet access, free local calls, and complimentary continental breakfast, as well as business traveler amenities such as oversized desks with built-in dataports, ergonomic chairs, 27-inch TVs, pillow-top mattresses, and microwaves and refrigerators. Additionally, guests can select rooms with either a Jacuzzi or balcony, and/or Gulf or pool views.

Alan Tallis, executive vice president and chief development officer for La Quinta Corporation said, “We are proud to welcome this great new addition to the La Quinta family.” He concluded, “Reaching the 100th franchised property in such a short period of time, less than two and a half years, is a tremendous accomplishment. We look forward to continued growth in the months ahead.” 

La Quinta’s franchising program has quickly become an industry leader, building on the strength of a well-known brand name, strong franchise training and support systems, and an active, innovative franchise community. The company opened more than 30 franchised hotels in 2003 and is on track to open another 50 franchised hotels in 2004.

Sam Gandhi, the owner and manager of La Quinta Inn & Suites Galveston, said, “Not only are we delighted to be affiliated with La Quinta, one of the leading brands in the hospitality business, we are extremely privileged to be the 100th franchised property.” He continued, “We are hopeful that this partnership will serve as a platform for future ventures.”

La Quinta's Texas heritage goes back more than 35 years. Brothers Sam and Philip Barshop founded La Quinta Motors Inns with a single property in San Antonio, TX, in 1968. Sam Barshop went on to become the founding chairman of La Quinta until his retirement in 1994, and is credited with creating the concept of the “limited service” hotel. He was recently honored by the hotel industry with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2003 annual America’s Lodging Industry Summit (ALIS). 

Dallas-based La Quinta Corporation (NYSE: LQI), a limited-service lodging company, owns, operates or franchises more than 370 La Quinta Inns and La Quinta Inn & Suites throughout the United States and Canada. La Quinta’s national franchising program was officially launched in 2001, with the first franchised property opening in Jackson, Mississippi. 

For more information about La Quinta, please visit For more information about U.S. or international franchising opportunities with La Quinta, please email, or call the franchise team at 1-866-TEAM-LQI (1-866-832-6574).



Michael Frenkel


Also See: The Hotel Richelieu Rebranded La Quinta Inn & Suites San Francisco / December 2003
La Quinta Adds Eight Franchise Properties in December, 2003 / January 2004
Six Hotels Open Under La Quinta Brand, Largest the 147 room La Quinta Inn and Suites South Padre / October 2003

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