Choice Hotels International Opens 128 Hotels in Q4 2012
Adds 308 Hotels in 2012
SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 13, 2013
SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --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
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 12^th 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
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
o10 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,
o70 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.
o15 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,
o4 new extended stay properties, Suburban Extended Stay brand hotels in
Gainesville, Georgia; Chester, Virginia; Tempe, Arizona; and Phoenix,
o25 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.
o11 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.
oThree 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 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 Hotel Collection are
proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.
(C)2013 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.
SOURCE Choice Hotels International, Inc.
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