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Choice Hotels International Celebrates Record Growth in 2023

Choice Hotels International, Inc. marked yet another year of robust growth, surpassing expectations with significant expansion across its key revenue-generating segments in 2023.

Choice drove a 1.4% increase in the number of hotels in its domestic upscale, midscale, and extended stay brands in 2023 — a banner year in which it also completed the rapid and seamless integration of the Radisson Hotels Americas brands. Growth of the Choice legacy brands represented a nearly 2% increase in the number of domestic properties within these revenue intense segments. Additionally, Choice grew the number of hotels in its international portfolio by 2.6%.

“2023 was a transformative year of growth for Choice, and we are going to take the tremendous value our brands offer travelers across all market segments to the next level in 2024,” said Choice Hotels President and CEO Pat Pacious.

“We’re also laser focused on driving Choice franchisees’ costs down and increasing their revenues, resulting in higher profitability and a greater ability to compete in a robust marketplace. We’re proud to have an industry-leading voluntary retention rate of 98%, which shows that our hotel owners and operators know the value of the Choice business delivery engine. In the year to come, we will leverage this engine to help drive the value of their businesses even higher.”

Extending the Lead in Extended Stay

Choice, a dominant player in the extended stay sector, further solidified its position in this rapidly growing market by opening an unprecedented 61 extended stay hotels in 2023, setting a new annual record for the company. Suburban Studios achieved a milestone with the launch of 25 new hotels, including its landmark 100th location in Bloomington, Minnesota, in December, marking the highest number of openings in a single year for the brand. WoodSpring Suites, acclaimed as the top economy extended stay brand in the J.D. Power 2023 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study, also broke its record by inaugurating 24 new properties. Additionally, Everhome Suites, Choice’s innovative new construction extended stay brand, has expanded its portfolio to 66 properties, with 16 hotels currently in development.

Upping the Game in Upscale

Solidifying its position in the upscale hotel market, Choice achieved notable growth in 2023 by opening 19 new properties within its Ascend Hotel Collection, which encompasses a diverse range of independent resorts, historic, and boutique hotels. The successful integration of the Radisson Americas hotels into Choice’s central reservation system in July, achieved in less than a year post-acquisition, significantly contributed to an over 8% increase in year-over-year revenue per available room (RevPAR) for the Radisson upscale brand.

Meanwhile, Cambria Hotels expanded its presence to 74 properties, with nine new openings in 2023 in key markets including Nashville, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; and Burbank, California. This growth led to its recognition as the #1 upscale brand in the J.D. Power 2023 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study.

Looking ahead to 2024, Choice is set to further enhance its focus on the upscale and upper upscale segments. A key part of this strategy involves expanding the development of the Radisson Blu brand, a standout offering in Choice’s diverse portfolio.

Growing Even More in the Core

In 2023, Choice also focused on ensuring the continued growth of its core brand offerings. Comfort opened 33 new hotels, the most in a single year since 2019, including the first new-construction Rise & Shine prototype Comfort hotel in Mountain Grove, Missouri. The new design has a fresh and contemporary look and feel, an efficient footprint, innovative functionality including a multipurpose flex room, upgraded fixtures and furniture, and more. Additionally, the Quality Inn brand had 35 openings and awarded an impressive 64 franchise agreements. Choice also debuted a next-generation, design-forward Sleep Inn prototype that includes expanded wellness offerings, modernized guestrooms, open and airy lobbies, new and improved breakfast areas, and designated outdoor spaces.

New properties added to the Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands last year generated more revenue, on average, than properties that exited the brands, further validating Choice’s successful revenue-intense unit growth strategy within each brand.

Choice again proved its expertise in adding hotel brands in 2023 by completing the successful integration of the Radisson Hotels Americas business within a year of the transaction. The effort was enabled by Choice’s strategic investments in its award-winning technology and its proven integration playbook. The digital migration of the Radisson Americas brands drove substantial increases in total digital traffic, bookings, and booked revenue as compared to pre-migration Choice and Radisson Americas websites and apps, combined. Year-over-year, from August through November 2023, digital bookings were up 26% for the legacy Radisson Americas brands, including a 36% increase for the Country Inn & Suites brand.

The significant performance lift is already attracting new development commitments. In December alone, Choice awarded 10 new franchise agreements for the Country Inn & Suites brand, pushing the total number of agreements in 2023 to 19, the most for the brand in a single year since 2016. Choice also launched a Country Inn & Suites room refresh with a modern and warm aesthetic, including sophisticated finishes and subtle color accents.

2023 also proved to be one of Choice’s most successful years for international development as the company expanded its global footprint across multiple markets. Choice extended its master franchise agreement with Strawberry (formerly Nordic Choice Hotels), secured a distribution partnership with the leading Spanish hotel chain Sercotel, signed an agreement with Zenitude Hotel-Residences that will double Choice’s unit footprint in France — adding 33 properties in 2024 and 2025 — and acquired the franchise rights for City Edge Apartment Hotels in Australia. Choice also fully integrated Radisson Americas hotels in the Caribbean, Canada, and Latin America in 2023 and is focused on driving the growth of the legacy Radisson Americas brands in those regions in the year to come.

Poised for Growth in 2024

Choice will continue to capitalize on its best-in-class hotel conversion capability, which enables the company to quickly move properties through the pipeline, providing tremendous value to new owners in any market condition. Choice awarded an impressive 133 franchise agreements in 2023 that opened within the same year. Choice is poised to accelerate its development growth and performance in 2024, with an impressive global pipeline that includes 1,032 properties as of year-end 2023.

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