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1 Choice Hotels Circle

Rockville, MD 20850

United States

Phone: 301-592-5000

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Choice Hotels International, Inc. operates as a hotel franchisor worldwide. As of December 31, 2013, the company had 6,340 hotels open and 503 hotels under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development representing 506,058 rooms open and 38,957 rooms under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 35 countries and territories outside the United States. The company franchises lodging properties under various proprietary brand names, such as Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Cambria Suites, and Ascend Hotel Collection (collectively, the ‘Choice brands’). The company operates in two segments, including its hotel franchising business and SkyTouch Technology (SkyTouch) division. SkyTouch is a division of the company that develops and markets cloud-based technology products, including inventory management, pricing and connectivity to third party channels, to hoteliers not under franchise agreements with the company. SkyTouch's technology products are based on the company's choiceAdvantage property management system, which is utilized by approximately 5,500 of the company's franchised hotels. The company's domestic franchising operations are conducted through direct franchising relationships while its international franchise operations are conducted through a combination of direct franchising and master franchising relationships. The company operates primarily as a hotel franchisor offering 11 brands. International Franchise Operations As of December 31, 2013, the company had 1,160 franchise hotels open and operating in approximately 30 countries and territories outside of the United States. Scandinavia: The company conducts its operations in Scandinavia through a master franchise relationship with Nordic Choice Commercial Services A/S (NCH). As of December 31, 2013, NCH had 171 open properties in its development territory, which includes Denmark, Norway, and Sweden on an exclusive basis, and Latvia and Lithuania on a non-exclusive basis. Japan: The company conducts its operations in Japan through a master franchise relationship with Choice Hotels Japan Co. Ltd (CHJ). CHJ possesses rights to develop the Comfort and Quality brands and non-exclusive rights to the Sleep and Clarion brands. As of December 31, 2013, CHJ had 52 open properties. Continental Europe: The company conducts franchising operations in Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and portions of Switzerland through Choice Hotels Licensing B.V. (Choice BV), a wholly-owned subsidiary, and in France, Portugal and the French speaking Cantons of Switzerland through a wholly-owned subsidiary of Choice BV, Choice Hotels France SAS. As of December 31, 2013, the company's subsidiaries had 186 properties open and operating in the continental Europe. Ireland: The company has a master franchising agreement with Ireland-based Cordelle Enterprises, doing business as Choice Hotels Ireland (CHR), for the right to develop its Clarion, Quality and Comfort brands in Ireland and Northern Ireland. As of December 31, 2013, CHR had 10 properties open and operating in Ireland and Northern Ireland. United Kingdom: The company conducts direct franchising operations in the United Kingdom through Choice BV. As of December 31, 2013, the company’s subsidiary had 44 properties open and operating in the United Kingdom. Canada: The company conducts its operations in Canada for all of its brands except Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, and Suburban Extended Stay Hotel through Choice Hotels Canada Inc. (CHC), a joint venture owned 50% by the company and 50% by InnVest Management Holdings Ltd. CHC was a major lodging organization in Canada with 310 of the company’s franchised properties open and operating as of December 31, 2013. The company conducts direct franchising operations for its extended stay and Cambria Suites brands in Canada through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Choice Hotels International Licensing ULC, and had 3 properties open and operating as of December 31, 2013. I

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