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Choice Hotels International Recognizes its Top Franchise Hotels & Owners at 2012 Convention

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Choice Hotels International Recognizes its Top Franchise Hotels & Owners at 2012 Convention08:00 EDT Thursday, May 17, 2012Top Hotels Awarded "Hotel of the Year," "Premier Alliance" and "Developer of the Year" RecognitionsSILVER SPRING, Md., May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) recognized the cream of the hotel crop this year at its 58th Annual Convention last night in Las Vegas. The winning hotels, owners and developers of this year's award season for the franchisor represent the best of the best within the 6,100-plus property Choice Hotels family throughout the United States and worldwide. Among this year's award winners were three "Developer of the Year" recipients, five "Premier Alliance" winners, 14 "Hotel of the Year" hotels, and one "Woman of the Year"."Selected as the winning hotels and owners from all our properties and franchisees across the globe, these properties and hoteliers have shown a strong commitment to extraordinary guest satisfaction?they represent the true meaning of hospitality to our consumers," said Stephen P. Joyce, president and CEO for Choice Hotels. "I am truly proud of all the owners, general managers and employees of these hotels and they should be proud to receive this recognition of their great accomplishments."2012 Developer of the Year Winners:Cambria Suites ? Mark LaPort of Concord Hospitality Cambria Suites ? Richard Lake of Roadside Development Extended Stay ? Dora Hospitality Core Brands ? Jon Miskavige and Ryan Carlson 2012 Premier Alliance Winners:Azim Saju of HDG Hotels The Myer Family The Burton Hotel Group Torre Morgal of Lincoln and Associations Ross Almo (Corporate Social Responsibility) Frankie Whelehan, Choice Hotels Ireland (International) 2012 Inn of the Year Award Winners:Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills of Branson, Mo. (Urban) Comfort Inn & Suites of Chillicothe, Mo. (Suburban) Comfort Suites Ontario Airport of Ontario, Calif. Quality Inn & Suites of Waco, Texas Sleep Inn & Suites of Round Rock, Texas Clarion Inn of Garden City, Kans. Cambria Suites of Traverse City, Mich. MainStay Suites of Rogers, Ark. Suburban Extended Stay Hotel of Clarksville, Ind. Econo Lodge of Rochester, Minn. Rodeway Inn of Junction, Texas Inn at the Mill, an Ascend Collection hotel, of Johnson, Ark. Comfort Hotel Kurosaki of Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka, Japan (International) Quality Inn Chihuahua San Francisco, Chihuahua, Mexico (International) Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret of Bergen, Norway (International) Additionally, the company would like to recognize Kitty Friere as this year's Woman of the Year. The Women of the Year award serves to recognize one outstanding woman within the Choice Hotels franchise family for her contributions to the travel industry. The award celebrates professional achievement, personal leadership, and industry leadership.The Developer of the Year recognizes the best developers in the Choice Hotels system. One winner is named for each tier of core brands, extended stay and Cambria Suites.The Premier Alliance award recognizes exceptional franchisees that develop properties with Choice Hotels, live up to the brand promise through excellent property performance, and are active in the franchise community. The award recognizes owners who are truly committed to the brand and who work closely with Choice Hotels to enhance the brand's success.Hotel of the Year award winners rank within the top percentage of their brand and are selected in part by reviewing each property's guest satisfaction scores, which are calculated using the results of surveys that are emailed to hotel guests within three days of their checkout. Selection of the award-winning properties is ultimately determined by the Choice Hotels Owners Council, the Econo Lodge Franchise Association and the Rodeway Owners Association, with collaboration from Choice Hotels among a selection of the company's brands.Choice Hotels International would like to congratulate all of its 2012 Convention award winners!About Choice HotelsChoice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,100 hotels, representing more than 495,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of March 31, 2012, more than 350 hotels were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 30,000 rooms, and approximately 80 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 in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. web site, 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.© 2012 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.SOURCE Choice Hotels International, Inc.For further information: Rocco Loverro, +1-301-592-6719, rocco_loverro@choicehotels.com