Hotspot Initiative for the 800+ Property Econo Lodge Hotel Chain
|May 19, 2006 - Choice Hotels Has Chosen EthoStream to Implement the
Wireless Hotspot Initiative for the 800+ Property Econo Lodge Hotel Chain
Announced at the 2006 Choice Hotels International Conference, Choice Hotels has chosen to partner with Milwaukee-based HSIA provider EthoStream, LLC to roll out high-speed Internet to the 800+ Econo Lodge franchise locations. Choice has worked extensively with EthoStream to add proprietary technology into EthoStream’s EGS v4.0 gateway and re-brand the modified device as the Econo Lodge Internet Gateway. In addition, EthoStream will be providing support for the property guests as well as system management and monitoring. EthoStream will provide monthly updates to the Econo Lodge Internet Gateway to extend the abilities provided to the property owners as well as work directly with Choice to provide management and reporting functionality.
“EthoStream is proud to be part of this integrated roll-out with Econo Lodge and we look forward to a successful implementation,” states Jason Tienor, EthoStream President, “The effort and development that Choice has put into this project highlights the benefits of franchisor relationships.”
EthoStream has maintained a relationship as an Endorsed Vendor for several years and this relationship continues to expand on the existing partnership. "We have worked with EthoStream for over 3 years and in that 3 year period, they have provided impeccable service and support to our hotels," states Paul Payette, Senior Director of Business Development, Partner Services.
"EthoStream has proven their commitment to the Econo Lodge brand, its franchisees, and our new wireless imitative throughout our due diligence process. Their customized technology solution, services, and support are a great fit for our hotels, which can now provide a great amenity item known to be a key driver of occupancy and guest satisfaction," quotes Kevin Bradt, Sr. Director Brand Strategy, Choice Hotels Int'l.
This project solidifies EthoStream’s position as one of the nation’s largest HSIA providers and continues the rapid growth the young company has experienced. Through dedicated end-to-end HSIA solutions and a superior Support Center offering a la carte support, EthoStream has become one of the top HSIA providers available. Property owners may access several web-based tools and additional information regarding the project by browsing to EthoStream’s website at http://www.ethostream.com or by calling 877.536.2984.
EthoStream, LLC is a technology solution provider targeting the hospitality and MDU/MTU verticals. Operating one of the largest hospitality HSIA networks in the US, EthoStream is a preferred or endorsed provider for some of the world’s largest franchisors including Choice Hotels International, La Quinta Hotels, Grandstay Suites, Americinns and many others. Now offering solutions including VOD, VoIP, Digital Video Surveillance, Internet Connectivity and HSIA packages, EthoStream has developed the most comprehensive technology management platform available for the hospitality industry. Additional information may be found by browsing to www.ethostream.com.
Choice Hotels International franchises more than 5,200 hotels, representing more than 425,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 40 countries and territories. As of March 31, 2006, 653 hotels are under development in the United States, representing 51,157 rooms, and an additional 69 hotels, representing 6,223 rooms, are under development in more than 20 countries and territories. The company’s Cambria Suites, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, MainStay Suites and Suburban Extended Stay Hotel brands serve guests worldwide. Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels Internet site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.
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