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John Lopez's Suenos Hospitality Enters Into Agreement to Build Cambria
Suites Hotels in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Glendale, Arizona

SILVER SPRING, Md. and OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 12, 2008 - Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH) and Suenos Hospitality of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma today announced the execution of a development agreement under which Suenos will execute at least five franchise agreements for Cambria Suites hotels by December 1, 2009. The first two franchise contracts under this agreement have been executed for Cambria Suites hotels in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Glendale, Arizona. Suenos Hospitality, LLC is headed by John Lopez, a distinguished member of the Hispanic business community and the Chairman of the Board of Lopez Foods, one of the nation's largest Hispanic- owned businesses.

"As a lifelong entrepreneur, I'm very excited about focusing my energies on my latest endeavor - hotel ownership," said Lopez. "In building Cambria Suites hotels, as with my other businesses, I am committed to serving the communities in which I operate. I look forward to working with Choice Hotels and its Cambria Suites brand team to bring this fresh new alternative in lodging to Oklahoma City, Glendale and a number of other locations."

"We are very honored that one of the nation's most respected Hispanic businessmen, John Lopez, will be developing Cambria Suites hotels," said William Edmundson, brand president, Cambria Suites. 

Pictured from left, William Edmundson, Choice Hotels; John Lopez, Suenos Hospitality; and Brad LeBlanc, Choice Hotels. (PRNewsFoto/Choice Hotels International) 
"John Lopez's passion, experience and dedication to service will be tremendous assets as a Cambria Suites owner," added Brad LeBlanc, vice president of franchise sales for Cambria Suites. "I'm confident that Suenos Hospitality will be exactly the type of owner we are looking for as we build this exciting new brand."

"As we continue to diversify our ownership base, we are thrilled that John Lopez has joined the ranks of prominent Hispanic entrepreneurs who are franchising Choice-brand hotels," said Raul Fuentes, emerging markets director, Choice Hotels.

As of September 30, 2007, 59 Cambria Suites hotels were under contract in 26 states nationwide and in Canada.

Choice Hotels International franchises more than 5,500 hotels, representing more than 450,000 rooms, in the United States and 37 countries and territories. 


Choice Hotels International

Also See: Choice Hotels International Promotes Fran Taloricco to Vice President, Conversion Franchise Sales and Brad LeBlanc to Vice President, New Construction Franchise Sales / August 2006
Galo Properties Building a 129-suite Cambria Suites Hotel Outside of San Antonio in Schertz, Texas / February 2008


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