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Choice Hotels Opens 113 Hotels in Q2 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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Choice Hotels International
Choice Hotels International
Franchise Hotel Company

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 19th 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 of lively 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 from University Park Airport, Penn State University, Beaver Stadium and the Bryce 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:

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

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

Hotel Name City Country/State Rooms
Clarion Hotel Airport and Conference Center
Charlotte NC 102
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

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

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 release constitute 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. These forward-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 projections of 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; and our 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.

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