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HOWARD JOHNSON MEETS THE NEEDS OF LEISURE TRAVELERS; SPECIAL PACKAGES AND KIDS GO HOJO SUMMER PROMOTION OFFER SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

 PARSIPPANY, N.J., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Howard Johnson and HoJo Inn properties offer a variety of special packages designed to meet the needs of leisure travelers, from couples to families and from the active to the value-conscious. All properties in the Howard Johnson system will also participate in the Kids Go HoJo with Sega summer promotion from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Reservations can be made by calling the toll-free reservations number, 800-I-GO-HOJO or 800-446-4656.
 The following are a sampling of the special packages available at the nearly 600 Plazas, Hotels, Lodges and HoJo Inns throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico:
 For family travel:
 -- The "Family Fun Package" at the Howard Johnson Plaza-Suite Hotel & Resort del Cabo, Mexico, offers a one-bedroom suite with kitchen and living room, airport transfers, welcome cocktail, two American breakfasts, daily shuttles to Los Cabos beaches, daily shuttle to the colonial town of San Jose del Cabo and a glass-bottom boat tour to Lands End. Valid through Dec. 19, 1993, the package costs $199 for a family of two, $229 for a family of three, and $279 for a family of four in a two-bedroom suite, tax included. For more information, call 800-446-4656, or 800-654-2000.
 -- The "Special Getaway Package" at the Howard Johnson Lodge, Santa Ana, Calif., includes two tickets to Disneyland, complimentary full American breakfast daily, complimentary shuttle service to John Wayne/Orange County Airport and major local attractions (including Disneyland) and complimentary newspaper. For a 3-day, 2-night stay, the cost is $148 per room based on double occupancy, tax included. For more information, call 800-446-4656, or the Lodge directly at 714-558-3700.
 -- The "Family Fun Package" at the Howard Johnson lodge, Lancaster, Pa., includes two nights lodging, breakfast buffet for two at the on-site Sam's Place Restaurant, dinner for two at the Pennsylvania Dutch Family Style Restaurant, admission for two at Dutch wonderland Family Fun Park, admission for two at Strasburg Railroad or the Railroad Museum and complimentary coffee and cake from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost per person based on double occupancy through June 30, 1993 is $94; from July 1 through Oct. 31, 1993, $105. For more information, call 800-446-4656, or the lodge directly at 717-397-7781.
 -- The Kids Go HoJo with Sega summer promotion featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, the hottest video game character around, provides children age 3 to 12 staying with their parents at all Howard Johnson and HoJo Inn properties with free "FunPacks" containing puzzles, games, booklets and toys. Each property will also offer Sega Game Gear portable video game units for guests to play at no charge. And, as always, children under 18 stay free.
 For active travelers:
 -- "Catalina Cruise Vacation" at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, Long Beach, Calif., includes a cruise on the Catalina Island Express, with airline style seating and cocktail service, to Catalina Island, the ideal destination for sailing, fishing, snorkeling and parasailing, as well as shopping in boutiques and dining in sidewalk cafes. The package also includes dinner in the hotel dining room the evening of check-in, and a full breakfast per person the next morning. The cost is $99/single, $142/double, plus tax. For more information, call 800-446-4656, or the Hotel directly at 800-442-1688.
 For the value conscious traveler:
 -- The "Mini Vacation Package" at the Howard Johnson Lodge, Plattsburgh, N.Y., includes three nights lodging and dinner for two each evening at one of three restaurants: Howard Johnson's, the Ground Round or the Surrey. The package is available through June 17, 1993, and costs $239 per couple. Advance reservations are necessary. For more information, call 800-446-4656, or the lodge directly at 800-243-4656.
 -- The "Royal Floridian" at the Howard Johnson Resort Hotel Universal Tower, Orlando, Fla., includes an oversized room with a balcony on the 21st floor, express check-in, airport transfers, car rental, morning paper, welcome fruit and cheese tray, and a personal visit from the manger to assure 100 percent guest satisfaction. Rates start from $210/per room for a 3-day, 2-night stay. For more information, call 800-446-4656, or the Hotel directly at 407-351-2100.
 For couples:
 -- The "Honeymoon Weekend" at the Ocean Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Deerfield Bech, Fla., includes accommodations with a king-size bed, a bottle of champagne, box of truffles and complimentary coffee each morning for $149/per couple. Applicable for Friday, Saturday or Sunday arrivals only. Two other packages are available at the Hotel, winner of the Howard Johnson five Star Award for the third consecutive year. For more information, call 800-446-4656, or the Hotel directly at 800-428-2850.
 Howard Johnson Franchise Systems, Inc., is a subsidiary of Hospitality Franchise Systems, Inc. (HFS). HFS, the world's largest franchiser of hotel rooms, is a publicly held company with its stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HFS. The company has more than 2,500 Days Inn, Howard Johnson and Ramada hotels with over 300,000 rooms in the United States, Canada, Mexico, India and Europe.
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 /CONTACT: Lisa Garb or Carrie Hapstack of Howard Johnson Public Relations, 201-428-9700/
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