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HAZARD'S TOP 10 REASONS FOR CHOOSING AMERICAN HOTELS

 NEW ORLEANS, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert C. Hazard Jr., chairman and CEO of Choice Hotels International, which franchises Comfort Inns and Suites, Quality Inns and Suites, Clarion Hotels, Sleep Inns, Econo Lodges, Rodeway and Friendship Inns, today offered 10 reasons for international travelers to stay in U.S. hotels while addressing the international press as part of a travel industry CEO panel.
 (1) BARGAIN PRICES: Hazard urged international visitors to take advantage of the bargain rates offered by U.S. hotels. "Eighty-five percent of our 3 million guest rooms are priced at under $100 a night ... 46 percent are priced less than $50 a night," said Hazard.
 (2) INCREDIBLY HIGH VALUE: In addition to price, U.S. hotels offer tremendous value because only in the United States can "guests get exactly what


they want and only what they want to pay for."
 (3) RESERVATIONS ARE EASY: Bookings are free and easy. Toll-free reservation numbers worldwide allow travelers to book hotels in an instant anywhere in the United States. "Reservations are easy to make, easy to change and easy on the pocketbook."
 (4) PRICE BREAKS AND DISCOUNTS: Price breaks and discount offers are readily available according to Hazard. Ask for senior rates, weekend rates, corporate rates, family plan, packages and take advantage of off-peak seasons for even better deals.
 (5) FREEBIES: "No other country provides guests with so many `freebies' as U.S. hotels." Free cooked-to-order or continental breakfast is available at many hotels including Comfort Inns and Suites. Many hotels offer "kids eat free" programs to go along with "kids stay free."
 (6) GUEST SAFETY AND SECURITY: Hazard stated that guest safety and security is a hotel's number one priority, adding that U.S. hotels have the highest safety and security standards of any in the world. "A higher percentage of U.S. hotel rooms are equipped with smoke detectors and sprinklers. ... U.S. hotel room doors are equipped with 180 degree viewports, dead bolt locks, chain or bar locks."
 (7) SERVICES TO INTERNATIONAL VISITORS: U.S. hotels are improving their services to international visitors, hiring multi-lingual staff, printing in-room materials in multiple languages and offering ethnic food choices. Further, voice mail messaging allows foreigners to communicate in their own language.
 (8) GUEST AMENITIES: According to Hazard, guests receive more and better amenities in U.S. hotels than anywhere else in the world. "Even budget hotels offer free shampoo, soaps, shower caps, conditioners and lotion."
 Only in the United States does the smallest room come with two double beds. Anywhere else in the world a single room has a single bed. Add to that U.S. quality towels, sheets and carpeting, plus clock radios, remote control TV's, coffee makers, VCR's, cable and in-room movies and you've got unbeatable value.
 (9) HEALTH AND FITNESS: Since staying healthy and fit while traveling is of great concern, hotels are now equipped with workout rooms, gyms, area jogging maps, exercise videos and lots of light menu choices. Further, up to 50 percent of the rooms are reserved for non- smokers.
 (10) THE SUITE LIFE: All-suite hotels, virtually unknown outside of the United States, offer unsurpassed value. A family of four can enjoy a two-room Quality Suite for under $70 a night that includes a bedroom, living room with pull-out sofa, two remote control televisions, VCR, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, stereo and full breakfast and evening cocktails. It's two rooms for the price of one.
 In closing, Hazard put out the welcome mat for all international visitors, reminding the audience of their positive economic impact. "If we could double the number of international visitors over five years, we would create 1 million new jobs. There's never been a better time to visit America. So what are you waiting for, an invitation from the president?"
 Other panelists included Ronald W. Allen, chairman of Delta Air Lines; Roger Ballou, president of American Express Travel Related Services; and Michael S. Egan, chairman and CEO of Alamo Rent A Car.
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 /CONTACT: Betsy O'Rourke of Choice Hotels International, 301-236-5032/


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