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Microtel Named Official Sponsor of Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania 2006

Apr 23, 2006
ATLANTA (April 20, 2006) - Microtel Inns & Suites, the all-newly constructed
chain of budget/economy hotels, has been named official sponsor of Ms.
Wheelchair Pennsylvania for the second consecutive year. The annual Ms.
Wheelchair Pennsylvania Pageant was held at the Microtel Inn & Suites hotel
in Hamburg, PA last month. Joycelyn Banks, crowned Ms. Wheelchair 2006,
will stay at Microtel hotels around the state as she promotes disability
awareness during the year.

Banks, age 28 and a resident of McKeesport in Allegheny County, was born
with cerebral palsy. She is currently a rehabilitation specialist at United
Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh, Pa. She attended Wilson Christian Academy and
graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa. with a degree in
education. She has authored two books.

"We are excited to join with Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania and salute this
year's winner," said Roy Flora, executive vice president, franchise
operations of US Franchise Systems, Inc. (USFS), parent company of the
franchisor of the Microtel brand. "Microtel is committed to providing
travelers with disabilities with quality, accessible hotel accommodations,
and a service culture prepared to make their stay with us an enjoyable

The Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania competition is not a beauty contest, but
rather selects the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman to serve in
an advocacy role, educate the public regarding persons with disabilities,
and make personal appearances across the state. Banks will go to Little
Rock, Ark. in July to represent Pennsylvania in the Ms. Wheelchair America

"We thank Microtel hotels for their dedication to Ms. Wheelchair
Pennsylvania and to travelers with disabilities," said Banks.

Microtel Inns & Suites offers three ADA-room designs and a consistency of
services to fit guests' needs, including employees trained in disability
etiquette through the program known as Opening Doors®. All Microtel hotels
provide 'Access Microtel' pamphlets in large print and Braille; 'Accessible
Fitness' bags with three-pound hand weights, two types of stretch bands and
a pair of handgrips, and Upper Body Ergometers for guests with special

For the fourth consecutive year, Microtel has been ranked highest in guest
satisfaction among economy/ budget hotel chains by J.D. Power and
Associates. All properties in the continental U.S. now provide free local
and free long distance phone calls (in the continental U.S.), and free
wireless high speed Internet access. In addition, all hotels offer
complimentary continental breakfast, and members of the free MicroPass(tm)
frequent guest program earn a free night's stay after nine night stays at
any location. There are currently 281 Microtel hotels open or under
construction worldwide. For reservations, contact 1-800-771-7171 toll-free
or TDD 1-800-824-2082, or visit All Microtel
hotels are independently owned and operated.

Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania, Inc. is a nonprofit organization consisting of
volunteers who represent community organizations, businesses, interested
citizens and previous titleholders. All expenses for hosting the program
are obtained through fundraising, donations, and sponsors. For information,
go to

Ms. Wheelchair America was founded in 1972 by a doctor who wanted to create
a presence for women with disabilities. Approximately 25 states hold a
pageant annually, and winners compete in Ms. Wheelchair America. For
information, go to


Photo available of Joycelyn Banks, Ms. Wheelchair PA.

Barbara Wiener-Fischhof Jaclyn Michelle Kratzer
US Franchise Systems, Inc. Secretary, Ms. Wheelchair PA
404-235-7400 610-914-1491