Choice Hotels International Opens 113 Hotels in Q2 2013

           Choice Hotels International Opens 113 Hotels in Q2 2013

PR Newswire

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 30, 2013

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Choice Hotels International,
Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, announced robust
system growth with the addition of 113 domestic and international newly opened
franchised properties during the second quarter of 2013. Additionally, the
company has executed a total of 187 new domestic franchise agreements during
the first six months of 2013, a 10-percent increase over the same period last
year.

The second quarter of 2013 saw the opening of hotels under the new generation
Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites new construction prototypes. These design
concepts for the company's largest and iconic brand were created in
collaboration with Gensler, a leading design and strategy firm with
world-renowned brand and hospitality practices. The overall aesthetic of the
prototypes is contemporary while still maintaining the Comfort brand's warm
and inviting signature look and feel.

In May 2013, the upscale Ascend Collection reached a milestone 100 properties.
In total, the second quarter of 2013 welcomed the opening of 29 new Ascend
Collection member hotels, including the newly constructed Hotel Florence in
South Carolina, the first Ascend member hotel in Australia and the addition of
20 Bluegreen Vacations properties located in highly desirable destinations
including Orlando, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; and
New Orleans, Louisiana. Ascend Collection is made up of unique independent
hotels and resort properties.

Choice Hotels International's emerging, all new-construction upscale brand,
Cambria Suites, continues to make great strides. During May 2013, Choice
Hotels reached an agreement in principle to create a joint venture with
private investment firm Fillmore Capital Partners, LLC and its affiliates to
develop multiple Cambria Suites hotels. This marks the brand's first
institutional investor, underscoring the confidence developers have already
expressed for the emerging brand's potential. During the second quarter of
2013, the brand also celebrated groundbreaking events in Plano, Texas and
Fargo, North Dakota, propelling the portfolio to 30 hotels open or under
development in 2013.

During the second quarter of 2013, openings included hotels in 38 U.S. states
and 9 countries, including the first Choice Hotels branded property in Panama.
This development activity adds more than 8,000 guestrooms to the company's
existing rooms, which now stand at more than half a million. The Choice Hotels
International portfolio of franchised hotels offers leisure and business
travelers a full spectrum of options from economy to upscale hotels and
resorts.

"It has been a very exciting quarter, especially with the landmark growth of
Ascend Collection and its continued expansion into key travel destinations. We
are also extremely pleased with the positive response we are experiencing with
our Comfort refresh strategy for the company's largest brand," said David
Pepper, senior vice president of global development for Choice Hotels
International. "Choice Hotels is fully committed to refreshing the Comfort
brand through its investment of $40 million of incentive funds in the existing
system of Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites hotels, as well as moving forward
with a contemporary new look for new properties."

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

Comfort Suites & Conference Center Worthington, Minn. – This 75-suite, new
construction hotel is among the first new generation prototype Comfort-branded
hotels to showcase the brand's new, more contemporary look and feel. The
Comfort Suites & Conference Center is attached to the new Worthington
Conference Center, offering event space to groups and parties of up to 560
guests. This property offers guests free services and amenities, which include
hot breakfast, a daily newspaper and wireless high speed internet access. The
Comfort Suites & Conference center also features a heated indoor pool, state
of the art fitness center, a 24/7 business center with access to printing,
faxing and copying services. All guest rooms include a microwave, refrigerator
and pull-out sofa. Guest laundry service is available as well as plenty of
parking.

Hotel Florence, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Florence, S.C. – A
multi-million dollar renovation preceded the grand re-opening of this historic
hotel and restaurant/bar in May 2013. Located in the heart of the historic
downtown, the new property serves as a hub for the city's revitalization
efforts. Hotel Florence's contemporary new design pays homage to the hotel's
historic roots with exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors and two
19^th century writing tables in the lobby that serve as the front desk. Many
rooms feature large windows with splendid city views. For on-property dining,
Victor's Bistro is a full-service, upscale restaurant and bar consistently
voted by local press as among the city's finest. The hotel is within easy
walking distance oflively shops, galleries, restaurants, museums, businesses,
Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center and the Florence City-County
Complex.

Carnegie Inn and Spa, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, State College, Pa. –
Overlooking the 17th green of the Toftrees Golf Course, Carnegie Inn and Spa
is Central Pennsylvania's first AAA Four-Diamond hotel. The 21-room lodging is
home to the full-service Carnegie Inn Restaurant, Carnegie Library Lounge and
the ESSpa Kozmetika Spa, which specializes in organic facials, massages, body
wraps and more. With its award-winning 1,600- bottle wine cellar, Carnegie Inn
Restaurant is consistently named as the area's best fine dining experience, as
ranked by State College Magazine. Mornings at the inn begin with a
complimentary made-to-order hot breakfast. Carnegie Inn and Spa is minutes
fromUniversity Park Airport,Penn State University,Beaver Stadiumand
theBryce Jordan Center arena for concerts and sporting events.

Sleep Inn & Suites, Moundsville, W.V. – Conveniently located to shopping
centers and area attractions such as the Strand Theatre, Fostoria Glass Museum
and the Historic Cocayne House this 69-room, new construction hotel showcases
the brand's simply stylish Designed to Dream design concept, which was also
developed in collaboration with leading design and strategy firm with
world-renowned brand and hospitality practices, Gensler. Designed to Dream
offers guests a welcoming and restful environment with warm colors, fresh
graphics and soothing nature-oriented art. In Moundsville, W.V. travelers can
expect a relaxing stay as well as the following free services and amenities:
hot breakfast, wireless high-speed Internet access, daily newspaper and
fitness center. Meeting space can accommodate groups of up to 50 people.

Clarion Collection Makeney Hall Hotel, Belper, United Kingdom

This magnificent 46-room Victorian country mansion is situated in the heart of
Derbyshire and set in six acres of landscaped gardens with views across the
Amber Valley. With the Derby train station and East Midlands airport nearby,
it is ideally situated for local business destinations and the nearby Peak
District, making it an attractive base for both business and leisure
travelers. All public areas showcase a contemporary style but still reflect
the historical character of the property while offering the standard of a
four-star hotel. This includes the oak-paneled Conservatory Restaurant and Bar
which is open to both guests and non-residents and is ideal for a romantic
dinner, business meal, family get-together or large gathering.

Choice Hotels also introduced the following hotels during the second quarter
of 2013:

DOMESTIC
Ascend Resort Collection and Ascend Hotel Collection

Hotel Name                            City                 Country/State Rooms
Cibola Vista Resort and Spa, an       Peoria               AZ            59
Ascend Resort Collection Member
Daytona Seabreeze, An Ascend Resort   Daytona Beach Shores FL            21
Collection Member
Hammocks at Marathon, An Ascend       Marathon             FL            20
Resort Collection Member
Fountains, An Ascend Resort           Orlando              FL            226
Collection Member
Grande Villas at World Golf Villas,   St. Augustine        FL            40
An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Solara Surfside, An Ascend Resort     Surfside             FL            20
Collection Member
Casa del Mar, An Ascend Resort        Ormond Beach         FL            30
Collection Member
The Studio Homes, An Ascend Resort    Savannah             GA            18
Collection Member
The Soundings, An Ascend Resort       Dennis Port          MA            30
Collection Member
Mountain Run at Boyne, An Ascend      Boyne Falls          MI            77
Resort Collection Member
Paradise Point, An Ascend Resort      Hollister            MO            35
Collection Member
South Mountain, An Ascend Resort      Lincoln              NH            24
Collection Member
Atlantic Palace, An Ascend Resort     Atlantic City        NJ            145
Collection Member
Club 36, An Ascend Resort Collection  Las Vegas            NV            275
Member
Suites at Hershey, An Ascend Resort   Hershey              PA            43
Collection Member
Harbour Lights, An Ascend Resort      Myrtle Beach         SC            210
Collection Member
Seaglass Tower, An Ascend Resort      Myrtle Beach         SC            57
Collection Member
Mountain Loft, An Ascend Resort      Gatlinburg           TN            104
Collection Member
Christmas Mountain Village, An Ascend Wisconsin Dells      WI            88
Resort Collection Member
Club La Pension, An Ascend Resort     New Orleans          LA            5
Collection Member
Hotel Seville, An Ascend Hotel        Harrison             AR            57
Collection Member
Hotel Med Park, An Ascend Hotel       Sacramento           CA            32
Collection Member
Hotel Florence, An Ascend Hotel       Florence             SC            50
Collection Member
Riverside Hotel, An Ascend Hotel      West Chesterfield    NH            34
Collection Member
Carnegie Inn & Spa, An Ascend Hotel   State College        PA            20
Collection Member
Gaia Shasta Hotel, An Ascend Hotel    Anderson             CA            120
Collection Member
The Port Inn, An Ascend Hotel         Kennebunk            ME            46
Collection Member

Comfort Inn and Comfort Inn & Suites

Hotel Name           City           Country/State Rooms
Comfort Inn          Chattanooga    TN            91
Comfort Inn & Suites Sayre          PA            85
Comfort Inn          Shelby         NC            76
Comfort Inn          Black Mountain NC            57
Comfort Inn          Huron          OH            65
Comfort Inn          Cohoes         NY            125
Comfort Inn          Harlan         KY            62
Comfort Inn          Lees Summit    MO            66
Comfort Inn          Lansing        MI            105

Comfort Suites

Comfort Suites                     Farmington  NM 73
Comfort Suites & Conference Center Worthington MN 75

Sleep Inn and Sleep Inn & Suites

Hotel Name         City             Country/State Rooms
Sleep Inn          Long Island City NY            100
Sleep Inn & Suites Fargo            ND            62
Sleep Inn & Suites Elk City         OK            67
Sleep Inn & Suites Moundsville      WV            69

Clarion

Hotel Name                                 City            Country/State Rooms
Clarion Hotel Airport and Conference       Charlotte       NC            102
Center
Clarion Inn & Suites                       Knoxville       TN            98
Clarion Inn                                North Brunswick NJ            129
Clarion Inn                                Depoe Bay       OR            54

Econo Lodge & Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

Hotel Name               City               Country/State Rooms
Econo Lodge              Austin             MN            53
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Memphis            TN            31
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Blue Springs       MO            75
Econo Lodge              Springfield        MO            119
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Gilbertsville      KY            70
Econo Lodge              Atlantic City      NJ            74
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites O'Fallon           IL            63
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Lafayette          LA            94
Econo Lodge              Somerset           PA            54
Econo Lodge              Thornton           CO            100
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Pensacola          FL            69
Econo Lodge              South Padre Island TX            57
Econo Lodge              Wisconsin Dells    WI            98
Econo Lodge              Saint Louis        MO            95

Quality Inn and Quality Inn & Suites

Hotel Name           City              Country/State Rooms
Quality Inn & Suites Cincinnati        OH            81
Quality Inn          St. Mary's        OH            59
Quality Inn          St. Helena Island SC            49
Quality Inn & Suites Blanding          UT            52
Quality Inn          Plainfield        IN            58
Quality Inn & Suites Arlington         TX            121
Quality Inn          Chesterton        IN            47
Quality Inn & Suites Pacific           WA            114
Quality Inn & Suites Austell           GA            71
Quality Inn          Richland          MS            44
Quality Inn & Suites Groesbeck         TX            42
Quality Inn & Suites Arden Hills       MN            62
Quality Inn          Green Bay         WI            77
Quality Suites       Kenosha           WI            72
Quality Inn          Kingsland         GA            78
Quality Inn          New Cumberland    PA            92
Quality Inn          Madera            CA            93
Quality Inn          Clovis            NM            55
Quality Inn          Eastman           GA            39
Quality Inn          Fitzgerald        GA            51
Quality Inn & Suites Altoona           IA            47

Rodeway Inn & Rodeway Inn & Suites

Hotel Name           City               Country/State Rooms
Rodeway Inn          Blue Springs       MO            50
Rodeway Inn & Suites Greenville         NC            90
Rodeway Inn          Clarksdale         MS            60
Rodeway Inn          Merced             CA            30
Rodeway Inn          Lawrence           KS            110
Rodeway Inn          Girard             OH            150
Rodeway Inn          Yorktown           VA            44
Rodeway Inn          Rome               GA            35
Rodeway Inn          Eugene             OR            24
Rodeway Inn          Savannah           GA            90
Rodeway Inn          Bronx              NY            37
Rodeway Inn          Springfield        IL            72
Rodeway Inn          Hammonton          NJ            45
Rodeway Inn & Suites Pendleton          OR            36
Rodeway Inn          Huntington Station NY            56
Rodeway Inn          Calhoun            GA            32

MainStay Suites

Hotel Name      City        Country/State Rooms
MainStay Suites Rapid City  SD            97
MainStay Suites Barnesville PA            70

INTERNATIONAL
Ascend Hotel Collection

Hotel Elan, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member             Calgary Canada    62
Lindenwarrah at Milawa, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member Milawa  Australia 40

Clarion

Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre      Calgary     Canada         184
Clarion Victoria Hotel and Suites Panama Panama City Panama         127
Clarion Collection Mackeney Hall Hotel   Belper      United Kingdom 46
Clarion Collection Hotel NO13            Bergen      Norway         34

Comfort

Comfort Hotel & Suites Osasco     Osasco   Brazil    134
Comfort Inn Parklands Calliope    Calliope Australia 51
Comfort Hotel Urban City Le Havre Le Havre France    37

Quality

Quality Suites Boulevard On Beaumont Newcastle    Australia   32
Quality Inn VIHA                     Kumbakonam   India       42
Quality Hotel Elms                   Christchurch New Zealand 95
Quality Inn                          Merritt      Canada      56
Quality Suites Lyon 7 Lodge          Lyon         France      97

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain matters discussed in this press releaseconstitute forward-looking
statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995. Generally, our use of words such as "expect," "estimate," "believe,"
"anticipate," "will," "forecast," "plan"," project," "assume" or similar words
of futurity identify such forward-looking statements. Theseforward-looking
statements are based on management's current beliefs, assumptions and
expectations regarding future events, which in turn are based on information
currently available to management. Such statements may relate to
projectionsof the company's revenue, earnings and other financial and
operational measures, company debt levels, ability to repay outstanding
indebtedness, payment of dividends, and future operations, among other
matters. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any such
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee
future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and
other factors.

Several factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements of the
company to differ materially from those expressed in or contemplated by the
forward-looking statements.Such risks include, but are not limited to,
changes to general, domestic and foreign economic conditions; operating risks
common in the lodging and franchising industries; changes to the desirability
of our brands as viewed by hotel operators and customers; changes to the terms
or termination of our contracts with franchisees; our ability to keep pace
with improvements in technology utilized for reservations systems and other
operating systems; fluctuations in the supply and demand for hotels rooms;
andour ability to manage effectively our indebtedness. These and other risk
factors are discussed in detail in the Risk Factors section of the company's
Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission on February 28, 2013 and our quarterly reports filed on
Form 10-Q.We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any
forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.

About Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,200 hotels,
representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30
other countries and territories. As of June 30, 2013, 365 hotels,
representing more than 29,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting
conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 83
hotels, representing approximately 7,200 rooms, were under construction,
awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 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 as its Ascend
Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide.

Additional corporate information can 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, Ascend Hotel Collection and
SkyTouch Technology are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice
Hotels International.

©2013 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE Choice Hotels International, Inc.

Website: http://www.choicehotels.com
Contact: Sarah Lee, Choice Hotels: 301-628-4397, sarah_lee@choicehotels.com
 
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