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Choice Hotels Celebrates 75 Years, Teams up with Rebuilding Together for 75th Rebuilding Project

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200 volunteers to support the transitional housing facility during Choice Hotels' Convention

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) and national nonprofit Rebuilding Together will join forces on May 13 to provide renovations to Parsons Place, a facility run by the Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada. This project, to be held at the start of Choice's annual convention in Las Vegas, will be the 75th rebuilding project between the two organizations.

Rebuilding Together.

Parsons Place is a 57-unit transitional, three story housing complex run by the Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada. The focus of Parsons Place is to provide clean, safe, and affordable housing opportunities to adults with no children who are moving out of shelters or "near homeless."

Nearly 200 volunteers will complete repairs and renovations to the unit bathrooms including installing new medicine cabinets, sink/vanity and faucets. Volunteers will also be giving the facility a fresh coat of paint in the main hallway and each residential unit. Choice Hotels and Rebuilding Together are expected to contribute 800 hours by 200 volunteers to make Parsons Place a healthier place for their clients.

Each person in Parsons Place receives case management to help develop a plan to achieve self-sufficiency and sets a goal to transition from Parsons Place to affordable housing and ultimately to permanent housing and homeownership. Parsons Place has proudly served Las Vegas since 1993 as one of the first transitional housing projects.

"We believe hospitality extends beyond our hotels and into the communities where we live and work. We are all delighted to be giving back to the local community as part of our Annual Convention in Las Vegas," said Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International.

"2014 is an important milestone for Choice as it marks not only our 75th birthday but also, our 75th project with Rebuilding Together," Mr. Joyce added.

Since the launch of Room to Rebuild in 2009, Choice Hotels and Rebuilding Together have joined forces to renovate 75 homes and nonprofit organizations serving more than 86,000 people nationwide. Room to Rebuild is operated under the auspices of the Choice Hotels International Foundation, whose mission is to provide food, clothing and shelter to those in need, among other philanthropic initiatives.

More than 2,000 Choice Hotels volunteers, including corporate employees and franchisees, have contributed over 12,000 hours to Rebuilding Together projects.

"Through our five-year partnership, Rebuilding Together and Choice Hotels have collaborated on 75 home and neighborhood revitalization projects to make tangible improvements in the health and safety of these homes and community centers," said Charley Shimanski, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "The revitalization of Parsons Place clearly demonstrates how corporate leadership by Choice Hotels, coupled with a strong sense of volunteerism among their employees, is making a positive and lasting difference in Las Vegas and the thousands who will benefit from the renewed facilities. We also want to congratulate our partners at Choice Hotels on celebrating their 75th anniversary!"

About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us- visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

About Choice Hotels:
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises over 6,200 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories.  As of March 31, 2013, 395 hotels, representing more than 30,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States.  Additionally, 81 hotels, representing approximately 7,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 20 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.

Choice Hotels International offers the Choice Privileges® rewards program. With nearly 17 million members worldwide, is one of the fastest growing hotel loyalty programs in the travel industry.

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, and Ascend Hotel Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.

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