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Choice Hotels International Opens 128 Hotels in Q4 2012

Adds 308 Hotels in 2012

SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 13, 2013 -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest lodging franchisors, announced a considerable amount of system growth with the addition of 128 newly opened franchised properties during the fourth quarter of 2012. Further, the company has executed a total of 214 new domestic contracts within the fourth quarter of 2012, a 67-percent increase over the same period of the prior year.

46 of these new additions, which previously operated as Jameson Inns, opened in mid-December under the Quality Inn, Comfort Inn and Econo Lodge flags across the southeast and midwest regions of the United States. These openings represented the largest single conversion transaction in the company's history, excluding the acquisition of an entire brand.

The fourth quarter openings included hotels in 33 U.S. states and 11 countries, adding nearly 10,000 guestrooms to the company's existing 495,000 rooms. Choice Hotels welcomed these additional properties under a spectrum of flags -- Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Clarion, Quality, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotel Collection. Year-to-date, the company has opened a total of 308 hotels.

"The fourth quarter hotel openings and development agreements reflect the tremendous appeal of the Choice Hotels array of brands," said David Pepper, senior vice president of global development for Choice Hotels International. "We expect to continue that momentum through 2013 with further expansion, particularly in the upscale segment with more highly desirable destinations for Ascend Hotel Collection and the ongoing development of Cambria Suites in key urban markets."

Select properties that opened during this year's fourth quarter include:

The Postcard Inn on the Beach, an Ascend Hotel Collection property – St. Pete Beach, Florida
The sea air and white-sand beaches of St. Pete Island are right out your front door at this hip, chic, retro-casual boutique property. Located just minutes from downtown St. Petersburg, The Postcard Inn on the Beach offers 196 rooms each and every one uniquely designed to reflect a time when surfing was king and road trips ruled. The retro feel is updated with modern amenities including complimentary property-wide Wi-Fi, in-room workstations and flat-screen TVs. Nearby local attractions include The Dali Museum (the largest collection of Salvador Dali's art outside Spain), major league sports and amusement parks. The on-site PCI Bar & Grill offers excellent dining, and there's no better way to end the day than to pull up a beach chair, sit back and enjoy a drink around the property's beautiful fire pit. Kids will have a blast, and for a fee, four-legged "kids" are welcome, too! The Ascend Collection of Hotels welcomes The Postcard Inn, an independent hotel owned by an affiliate of the Starwood Capital Group.

Hotel Clifton
, an Ascend Hotel Collection property – Miami Beach, Florida.

The intimate, eco-friendly Hotel Clifton is located in the heart of trendy South Beach. Although the exterior keeps its historic Art Deco feel, this beautifully remodeled property was Florida's first Gold-certified LEED hotel. Each of its 35 rooms is equipped with the finest energy conservation technology available including rainfall shower heads, high-efficiency faucets, low VOC paint and an occupancy-sensing energy management system to reduce consumption. Steps away from beaches and South Beach nightlife, guests will also enjoy in-room amenities that include high-speed wireless and wired internet, flat screen televisions, and two-line speaker phones. With organic wines and cocktails, the Clifton's bar is a unique treat. The morning's continental breakfast also offers locally grown, seasonal organic specialties.

Clarion Inn
– Arlanda, Sweden

Perfect for the business or vacation traveler, the 414-room Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport in Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden is located near dozens of museums and historic sites, fabulous restaurants and outdoor activities that include golf and horseback riding. The property's 44 meeting rooms can easily accommodate banquets for 500 or a conference crowd of 900. In-room, guests will be pleased to find high-speed wireless internet access, high-definition cable television, a mini-bar, desk, coffee maker, refrigerator and hair dryer. With several dining options on-site – including a spectacular 12th story restaurant with jet-set views – guests will also enjoy a free full breakfast, fitness center, and business center. Four-legged guests are welcome for an additional fee.

Comfort Inn & Suites
Page, Arizona

Spectacular desert views await visitors at the new Comfort Inn & Suites property in Page, Arizona. Located along the Colorado River close to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, guests will enjoy a range of outdoor sports including water skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing and raft trips. At the end of the day, they'll be delighted by the chance to relax alongside the indoor heated pool and indoor hot tub. A free hot breakfast with eggs, meat, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal and their choice of waffle flavors will get the next day started right. Each of the spacious guest rooms includes a coffee maker, desk, flat-screen television with cable, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Guests will enjoy a well-equipped workout room, business center and free wireless internet access.

During the fourth quarter of 2012, Choice Hotels opened this complete list of properties:
  • 10 new Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Comfort Inn & Suites, and Comfort Hotel brand hotels in Chandler, Arizona; Gallup, New Mexico; Page, Arizona; Demopolis, Alabama; West Monroe, Louisiana; Indianapolis, Indiana; Waco, Texas; Saint-Priest, France; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • 70 new Quality Inn, Quality Inn & Suites, Quality Suites, and Quality Hotel brand hotels in Prescott, Arizona; Stockbridge, Georgia; Oakwood, Georgia; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Montgomery, Alabama; North Little Rock, Arkansas; Greensburg, Indiana; Hernando, Florida; Van Horn, Texas; Washington, Utah; Arkansas City, Kansas; Bolingbrook, Illinois; Newport News, Virginia; Franklin, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Escanaba, Michigan; Dayton, Ohio; Peoria, Illinois; Rutland, Vermont; Live Oak, Florida; Waterbury, Connecticut; South Bend, Indiana; Albertville, Alabama; Auburn, Alabama; Sylacauga, Alabama; Newnan, Georgia; Lagrange, Georgia; Arab, Alabama; Jasper, Alabama; Ocala, Florida; Decatur, Alabama; Selma, Alabama; Crestview, Florida; Lancaster, South Carolina; Palm Bay, Florida; Auburn Hills, Michigan; Cheraw, South Carolina; Seneca, South Carolina; Thomaston, Georgia; Goldsboro, North Carolina; Johnson City, Tennessee; Laurinburg, North Carolina; Lake City, Florida; Bessemer, Alabama; Bainbridge, Georgia; Carrollton, Georgia; Indianapolis, Indiana; Rome, Georgia; Louisville, Kentucky; Gallatin, Tennessee; Decherd, Tennessee; Greeneville, Tennessee; Richmond, Kentucky; Conyers, Georgia; Alcoa, Tennessee; Harrisonburg, Virginia; Pooler, Georgia; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Oxford, Alabama; Scottsboro, Alabama; Jesup, Georgia; Waynesboro, Georgia; Kingsport, Tennessee; Memphis, Tennessee; Ballarat,Victoria, Australia; High Level, Alberta, Canada; Winkler, Manitoba, Canada; and Lyon, France.
  • 15 new Clarion Inn, Clarion Inn & Suites and Clarion Collection brand properties in Sacramento, California; Florence, Kentucky; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Terre Haute, Indiana; Essington, Pennsylvania; Lafayette, Louisiana; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Secaucus, New Jersey; New Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Aurora, Colorado; Blythe, California; Los Angeles, California; Narbonne, France; and Arlanda, Sweden.
  • 4 new extended stay properties, Suburban Extended Stay brand hotels in Gainesville, Georgia; Chester, Virginia; Tempe, Arizona; and Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 25 Econo Lodge and Econo Lodge Inn & Suites brand hotels in Canton, Georgia; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Manchester, Vermont; Pico Rivera, California; Marietta, Georgia; Bridgeport, Michigan; Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Anderson, Missouri; Madison, Alabama; Orlando, Florida; Bay City, Michigan; Watertown, South Dakota; Minot, North Dakota; Lumberton, North Carolina; Santee, South Carolina; Ridgeland, South Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; Iron Mountain, Michigan; Tupelo, Mississippi; Batesville, Arkansas; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Pensacola, Florida; Brooks, Alberta, Canada; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; and Wanganui, New Zealand.
  • 11 new Rodeway Inn and Rodeway Inn & Suites brand hotels in Bishop, California; Martinez, California; Concord, North Carolina; Stratton, Colorado; Wesley Chapel, Florida; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Colton, California; Laurens, South Carolina; Dalton, Georgia; Santee, South Carolina; and Encinitas, California.
  • Three Ascend Hotel Collection properties in Billings, Montana; Miami Beach, Florida; and St. Pete Beach, Florida.
About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises approximately 6,200 hotels, representing more than 499,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of December 31, 2012, 394 hotels, representing more than 31,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 88 hotels, representing approximately 7,800 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 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, as well at its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide.

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

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 Hotel Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.

(C) 2013 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.


Robin Pence

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John Bonds Promoted to Senior Vice President, Strategy and Services for Choice Hotels International / February 2013

Choice Hotels International Promotes Mike Shemer to Vice President, Business Planning / February 2013

Choice Hotels International Enters Strategic Relationship with UK Operator Akkeron Hotels Group Limited; Initially Converting Nine Properties Totaling 611 Rooms to Choice Hotels Brands / January 2013

Choice Hotels International to Add 46 Hotels through Agreement with Colony Capital and Aimbridge Hospitality; The Former Jameson Inns will be Franchised under the Quality Inn, Comfort Inn and Econo Lodge Brands / January 2013

Cambria Suites Enters New York with Construction Beginning on Three New Hotels in Times Square, Chelsea and White Plains; Choice Hotels International, Concord Hospitality, We Care Trading Co. and Meyer Jabara Hotels Celebrate Ground Breaking for Properties Slated to Open 2013-2014 / December 2012

Cambria Suites Brand to Expand to New Markets; Enters Development Agreements for Hotels in West Orange, New Jersey; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Williamsport, Pennsylvania / October 2012

Choice Hotels International Names C.A. Anderson as Vice President of Development for Cambria Suites / August 2012

Choice Hotels International Opens 88 New Hotels in Q2 2012 / August 2012

Choice Hotels International Names Louise Slark as Vice President, Compensation and Benefits / June 2012

Choice Hotels International Recognizes its Top Franchise Hotels & Owners at 2012 Convention; Woman of the Year Awarded to Kitty Friere, Top Hotels Awarded Hotel of the Year, Premier Alliance and Developer of the Year Recognitions / May 2012

Choice Hotels International Opens 46 New Hotels in Q1 2012; A 14% Increase over Q1 2011 / May 2012

Choice Hotels Promotes Stephanie Lykins to Vice President, Talent Development / April 2012

Choice Hotels International Appoints Alexandra Jaritz and Michael Murphy as Company Officers / March 2012

Robin Pence Appointed as Vice President of Public Relations for Choice Hotels International / March 2012

Choice Hotels Opens 5,000th Domestic Franchised Property with the Opening of the Comfort Suites in Katy, Texas / February 2012

Choice Hotels International Appoints Barbara T. Alexander to its Board of Directors / February 2012

Choice Hotels Names Simone Wu as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary / February 2012

Choice Hotels Promotes Sarah Searls to Vice President of Business and Analytic Services / February 2012

Choice Hotels Launches Plan to Redefine and Redesign its Comfort Brand Family / January 2012

Choices Hotels Appoints John Tague to its Board of Directors / January 2012

Membership with Ascend Collection from Choice Up by Nearly 35% over 2010 / December 2011

Ascend Collection from Choice Adds The Wesport Inn in Connecticut and the GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort in Naples, Florida / November 2011

Ascend Collection from Choice Adds Three New Properties in October 2011 in California, Michigan and Pennsylvania / October 2011

The 431-room Xona Resort Suites in North Scottsdale, Arizona Becomes Zona Hotel & Suites Scottsdale as Part of Multi-Million Dollar Renovation and Reflagging; With Membership in Choice Hotel's Ascend Collection, the Property is Owned by Sunstone US Hotel and Operated by O'Neill Hotels & Resorts / October 2011

Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels Debuts in Washington, D.C. Market with the 261-suite Virginian Suites Arlington Owned by Virginian Associates, LLC and Operated by Modus Hotels, LLC / September 2011

Choice Hotels International and Foulger-Pratt Companies Break Ground for New Choice Hotels Corporate Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland / August 2011

Choice Hotels International Opens 28 New Hotels in July 2011 / August 2011

Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels Debuts in Arizona with the 431-room Xona Resort Suites in North Scottsdale Owned by Sunstone US Hotel and Operated by O'Neill Hotels & Resorts / July 2011

Choice Hotels Executes Lease for New Corporate Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland / July 2011

Choice Hotels International Opens 27 New Hotels in June 2011 / July 2011

Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels Debuts in New Hampshire with the 40-room Lane Hotel in Keene Operated by Colwen Management / June 2011

99-key Ben Lomond Suites Historic Hotel in Ogden, Utah, Joins Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels / March 2011

New Owner of XONA Resort Suites in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sunstone Realty Advisors, Chooses Tower Rock Hotels and Resorts to Manage Property / February 2011

Ascend Collection by Choice Hotels Continues Growth with Addition of Eleven Properties in Final Months of 2010 Bringing Total to 70 Open or Under Development / February 2011

Three Canadian Properties Join Choice Hotels Ascend Collection; The Château Moncton and Château Saint John, New Brunswick, and Hotel Royal William, Québec / January 2011

Choice Hotels International Opens 33 Hotels in November in 14 States and Seven Countries Adding More than 2,500 rooms / December 2010

Choice Hotels International Opens 24 New Hotels in October Adding More than 1,600 rooms / November 2010

Choice Hotels Offers Significant Incentives for Hotel Owners Interested in Converting an Existing Hotel to the Quality, Clarion or Econo Lodge Brand; Incentives Include Discounted Application Fees, No Royalty Fees and Cash Back Upon Opening / August 2010

To Stimulate Brand Growth Econo Lodge Offering Up to $25,000 in Incentives for Conversion Properties / Aug 2003

Choice Offers Development Incentive for Conversions to Quality Brand; Up to $85,000 in Savings for Conversion Properties / Aug 2002

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