Market Metrix Survey Ranks Wingate Inn(R) Brand Top in Its Class

PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — A national Market Metrix consumer survey has ranked the Wingate Inn chain top for guest satisfaction in the lodging industry’s midscale without-food-and-beverage segment.

In announcing the results of its first quarter 2005 Market Metrix Hospitality Index, the San Rafael, Calif.-based research firm said the survey was based on responses from 35,000 consumer interviews and reviews of 133 lodging brands.

The Wingate Inn brand was ranked above brands in its competitive set including Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, Fairfield Inn by Marriott and Drury Inns.

Keith Pierce, Wingate Inns International president, said the ranking “demonstrates the brand’s guest-focused strategy and commitment by Wingate Inn franchisees to deliver outstanding quality and exceed guest expectations by providing the services and amenities they want at no extra charge.”

Pierce said the brand would “continue building on our strong competitive momentum” through an initiative called the Wingate Experience, which features updated bathroom amenities, new beds, hot breakfast and other upgrades, all “designed to exceed guest expectations.”

The brand’s “guest-friendly pricing” is designed to attract both value- conscious business and leisure travelers, said Pierce. “By providing key amenities at no extra cost to our guests, we have created a unique product with a compelling value proposition that appeals equally to travelers and hotel developers.”

As part of its value proposition, the Wingate brand’s all-inclusive rates provide guests with free high-speed wired and wireless Internet access, local calls, long-distance access, deluxe continental breakfast, USA TODAY newspaper in the United States on weekdays, faxes, photocopies and use of a 24-hour business center and fitness room with whirlpool. Guest satisfaction is backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

Pierce congratulated Wingate Inn owners, managers and employees “on this proud achievement.”

Wingate Inns International opened its first franchised hotel in July 1996. Its focused service, upper mid-market franchised hotels feature sophisticated, consumer-based technology and comfortable, oversized rooms that were created in response to business travelers’ needs.

In the fourth-quarter 2004 Market Metrix Hospitality Index, the chain was ranked top in the lodging industry for guest satisfaction. The hotel chain also was ranked the highest in the midscale, limited-service segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2004 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study(SM). The chain was recognized in the Zagat Survey 2003 and 2004 Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts and Spas guides.

All Wingate Inn hotels are independently owned and operated under franchise agreements with Wingate Inns International. Reservations can be made by calling the Wingate Inn toll-free reservation center at (800) 228-1000 or through the company’s Web site at . Wingate Inns International is a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE:CD) .

For more information about the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, go to and click on “Our Services” or call (800) 239-7515.

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