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CONGRATULATIONS!! Microtel Receives 'Eagle' Award From Disability Rights Advocates

Dec 19, 2006
Microtel Receives 'Eagle' Award From Disability Rights Advocates.

Microtel Inns & Suites Receives Eagle Award From Disability Rights Advocates
ATLANTA (Dec. 14, 2006) -Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), the national
disability law center whose mission is to defend and advance the rights of
people with disabilities, has presented its ninth annual Eagle Award to
Microtel Inns & Suites, the all-newly constructed chain of budget/economy
hotels. Microtel received the distinction for excellence in providing
accessible lodging for travelers with disabilities and for making a
significant contribution to the advancement of people with disabilities.

"Microtel was strongly recommended by the disability community for its
excellence in service and dedication to providing accessibility and
accommodations for people with all types of disabilities," said Larry
Paradis, Executive Director of DRA. "Microtel's efforts help further the
progress that has been made in integrating people with disabilities into our
world. Microtel has gone above and beyond to assure that the needs people
with disabilities are met and that they are treated with respect."

DRA also cited Microtel for its Opening Doors® program, which provides all
staff with training in disability awareness and customer service. Opening
Doors, developed by W.C. Duke Associates of Woodford, Va., emphasizes
disability etiquette skills training that includes interactive activities
and role playing using wheelchairs, blindfolds, earplugs and taped hands for
employees to practice how to service customers with disabilities.

"Microtel is honored to receive the DRA's prestigious Eagle award and to be
recognized for our commitment to accommodating travelers with disabilities,"
said Roy E. Flora, Chief Operating Officer for US Franchise Systems, Inc.
(USFS), parent company of the franchisor of the Microtel Inns & Suites hotel
brand. "We continue to be committed to providing this rapidly-growing
market segment with quality, accessible hotel accommodations, and with a
service culture prepared to make their stay with us an enjoyable

Microtel Inns & Suites offers three ADA-room designs throughout the hotel
chain, and a consistency of services to fit guests' needs. In order to
better serve travelers with disabilities, Microtel now provides 'Access
Microtel' pamphlets, 'Accessible Fitness' bags for guests to check-out and
use in their room, and Upper Body Ergometers for guests with special needs.
The Upper Body Ergometer, which offers a variety of options for upper body
cardiovascular conditioning to complement a daily work-out, is located in
every Microtel hotel with a fitness center on-site.

Microtel is a sponsor of the Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality
(SATH), and annually participates in the World Congress & Exposition on
Disabilities. The brand is proactively involved in several other
initiatives that target the needs of travelers with disabilities such as the
Ohio Wheelchair Softball League, Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania, and the United
Spinal Association which recognizes Microtel hotels nationwide as preferred
travel partners with United Spinal's ABLE to Travel program.

While DRA's Eagle awards are presented to businesses and organizations that
demonstrate progressive policies, practices or attitudes and give people
with disabilities the equal treatment they deserve, there are also "Turkey"
awards. The Turkeys are for entities that demonstrate enormous
insensitivity to the needs of people with disabilities and impede their
progress in employment, education, health care, transportation or social
integration. Both Eagle and Turkey awardees are nominated by the disability

About Microtel Inns & Suites
For an unprecedented fifth consecutive year, Microtel Inns & Suites
had been ranked highest in guest satisfaction
among budget/economy hotel chains in the J.D. Power
and Associates 2006 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM.
The brand is the first economy/budget hotel brand to offer guests free local
and long distance phone calls within the continental U.S., plus free
wireless high speed Internet access in all guestrooms nationwide. All
Microtel hotels in the U.S. offer complimentary continental breakfast, and
members of the MicroPass(tm) frequent guest program earn a free night's stay
after just nine night stays at any location.

There are currently 297 Microtel hotels open or under construction
worldwide. For reservations, contact 1-800-771-7171 toll-free or TDD
1-800-824-2082, or visit, which includes an entire
section dedicated to ADA accommodations, featuring room dimensions, ADA
specific amenities, common area accessibility information, and a virtual
tour. All Microtel hotels are independently owned and operated.

About Disability Rights Advocates
With its mission to ensure dignity, equality, and opportunity for people
with all types of disabilities throughout the United States and worldwide,
California-based Disability Rights Advocates engages in multi-pronged
strategies to achieve systemic change for people with disabilities. Some of
these strategies include direct negotiations, education and regulatory
advocacy. Through negotiation and litigation, DRA has made thousands of
facilities throughout the nation accessible, and has enforced access rights
for millions of people with disabilities in many key areas of life,
including education, employment, transportation and health care. For
additional information, contact 510-665-8644 or TTY 510-665-8716, or visit
Barbara Wiener-Fischhof
US Franchise Systems, Inc.
Stefanie Cox
Disability Rights Advocates