Winport Developments, Inc. to Develop 25 Choice Brand Extended Stay Hotels in Canada By 2010



    
    Companies Team Up To Target Largely Untapped Canadian Market For
    Mid-Scale and Economy Extended Stay Properties
    

    SILVER SPRING, Md. and HALIFAX, Canada, Nov. 6 /CNW/ -- Choice Hotels
International (NYSE:   CHH) and Winport Developments, Inc. today announced the
execution of a development agreement under which Winport will build a minimum
of 25 MainStay Suites and Suburban Extended Stay hotels in Canada, all of
which are anticipated to open by September 30, 2010.  The companies also
announced that they have simultaneously executed the first five franchise
contracts under this agreement, with hotels under development in Ontario,
Alberta and Atlantic Canada.
    Extended stay hotels cater to long-term guests, and these properties
typically enjoy greater operational efficiencies than traditional hotels due
to their unique operating and staffing models.  On account of these
operational efficiencies, owners of extended stay hotels often see stronger
margins and returns from their investments than owners of traditional hotels.
Canadian consumers looking for mid-scale and economy extended stay lodging
options are currently underserved, with very limited supply available in these
segments.  Frequently, these travelers have no option but to stay in transient
hotels, which offer fewer home-style amenities that are desired by long-term
guests.
    "We are very excited to enter into this agreement with Choice Hotels
International to help develop its MainStay Suites and Suburban Extended Stay
brands throughout Canada," said Ted Good, president, Winport Developments,
Inc.  "With support from Choice's extended stay team in the areas of
development, sales and marketing and operations and field support, we feel
very confident about our prospects for continued growth and success in this
dynamic segment."
    MainStay Suites hotels offer a relaxing environment where guests can
enjoy residential-style amenities.  Each guest suite features a fully-equipped
kitchen, a sleeper sofa, large work areas, free high-speed Internet access and
free cable television.  Guests also enjoy a complimentary continental
breakfast, and the Canadian hotels will have an on-site fitness center.
Suburban Extended Stay hotels provide the essentials of home at affordable
rates.  Each guest room features a well-equipped kitchen, free cable
television, and free high-speed Internet access.  The Suburban hotels in
Canada will have on-site laundry facilities and a fitness center.  Both
MainStay Suites and Suburban hotels offer reduced rates for longer stays and
participate in the Choice Privileges rewards program, which has over 6 million
members worldwide.
    "We are honored to work with such an esteemed organization as Winport
Developments as we introduce our brands into the Canadian marketplace," said
Kevin Lewis, president, extended stay brands, Choice Hotels International. "We
look forward to a strong, long-term relationship with Winport as we embark
upon this very exciting alliance that will enable us to establish a strong
market presence in Canada."
    
    About Choice Hotels
    
    Choice Hotels International franchises more than 5,500 hotels,
representing more than 450,000 rooms, in the United States and 37 countries
and territories. As of September 30, 2007, 872 hotels are under development in
the United States, representing 68,853 rooms, and an additional 82 hotels,
representing 7,970 rooms, are under development in more than 20 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.
    Additional corporate information may be found on Choice Hotels' Internet
site, which may be accessed at http://www.choicehotels.com
    Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Cambria Suites, Comfort Inn,
Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban
Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn are proprietary trademarks
and service marks of Choice Hotels International.




For further information:

For further information: David Peikin, Senior Director, Corporate 
Communications of Choice Hotels, +1-301-592-6361, 
david_peikin@choicehotels.com; or Marsha Pond, Vice President, Strategic 
Marketing, Pacrim Hospitality of Winport Development, +1-902-404-3443, 
mandrews@pacrimhospitality.com Web Site: http://www.choicehotels.com

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