Creating Value For Every Occasion
The lodging business is an occasion-driven business. So a hotel franchising company faces the critical challenge of offering the
right choice, a choice with strong value, to its prospective guests in order to gain and grow market share.
"Our seven brands span the widest range of customer segments of any hotel company, from economy to mid-priced to upscale,"
said Mark Wells, senior vice president of marketing. "So we are in a great position to match our offerings with what guests truly need
on any occasion."
For business or leisure travelers, those choices meet a broad range of price and amenity
needs, so that Choice brand hotels can serve more than 70 percent of the total domestic
hotel guest market.
Comfort, the company's largest single brand with more than 1,500 Comfort Inn hotels and almost 200 Comfort Suites hotels,
succeeds by delivering on the promise of its name.
"Our hotels strive to consistently provide a comfortable, high-value stay for business and leisure travelers," explained Dan
Shoen, Comfort brand management vice president. "Our suites product has given guests another good reason to seek out the
In Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn, the company's economy brands, brand management provides value-added programs that
attract guests from distinct niches.
In conjunction with Procter & Gamble's Mr. Clean brand, the Econo Lodge brand has just launched the first program
in the industry to certify housekeepers, with the goal of providing a clean room guarantee to guests.
"By teaming up with a recognizable, reputable consumer brand like Mr. Clean, we provide our Econo Lodge
franchisees with a new edge in attracting value-oriented consumers looking for cleanliness assurance," said Tim
Shuy, Econo Lodge brand management vice president.
Mike Cothran, Rodeway Inn brand management vice president, noted, "We know that Rodeway Inn hotels have special
appeal for value-seeking guests, particularly senior citizens. That is why we have targeted our marketing to highlight that 25 percent of our rooms are designated Choice Room for seniors, with special amenities such as brighter lighting, large-button phones and
In a different part of the brand spectrum, Clarion brand management vice president Don Kolodz is working with franchisees to
bring better definition to the brand.
"As our entry in the upscale, full-service market, the Clarion brand gives us an offering of high value for business customers
seeking full-service amenities," he said. "With meeting space and food and beverage service as brand hallmarks, we can provide
meeting planners with an affordable alternative in the upscale market."
The Clarion Hotel Pembroke Corporate Center in Virginia Beach, Va., relies on direct sales support and guidance from Choice to help fill its conference and banquet facilities as well as its 149 guest rooms.
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As a major step in building
both brand identity and brand
loyalty, the company launched
Guest Privileges, a frequent stay
rewards program, in the fall of
1998. Guest Privileges members
can earn free stays, gifts and travel
by choosing select Choice brand
hotels (Comfort, Quality, Clarion,
Sleep Inn) for their lodging. In
addition to a free stay after just 10
visits, the program also allows
members to earn points that can
be used with such partners as
American Airlines, JC Penney, the
Home Depot and Eddie Bauer.