Microtel Inns & Suites Wins Budget Travel Magazine’s 2005 ‘Extra Mile Award’ for Travel Innovation

ATLANTA, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Microtel Inns & Suites has won the 2005 “Extra Mile Award” from Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine for providing guests nationwide with free local and long distance calling and with free wireless high speed Internet service. Microtel – the chain of all newly- constructed, interior corridor hotels – is being honored in the magazine’s October cover story.

According to editor Erik Torkells, Budget Travel created the Extra Mile Awards to pay tribute to companies that have improved travelers’ quality of life over the last 12 months. After reviewing hundreds of organizations, the editors chose 10 forward-thinking companies that have truly ‘gone the Extra Mile’ to make a real difference by making travel easier, more fun, and more affordable.

Microtel Inns & Suites is the first economy/budget hotel chain to offer guests free local and long distance phone calls within the continental U.S., plus free wireless high speed Internet access in all its guestrooms nationwide.

“We are proud to receive this recognition for the innovations that Microtel provides,” said Jon Leven, executive vice president of marketing for US Franchise Systems, Inc., parent company of the franchisor of the brand. “We have greatly extended the scope of complimentary services available to our guests, and have raised the bar on the types of amenities that travelers can expect in their hotel rooms.”

Budget Travel appeals to the desire for affordable quality among today’s savvy travelers by providing “Vacations for Real People,” including the latest travel bargains and other smart vacation options. With a circulation rate base of 525,000, Budget Travel has realized steady and consistent ad page growth every year since it was acquired by Newsweek in 1999.

There are currently 276 Microtel hotels open or under construction. In addition to the free telecommunications amenities, all Microtel hotels 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. For reservations, contact 1-800-771-7171 toll-free, TDD 1-800-824-2082, or visit http://www.microtelinn.com/ to access information and make online hotel reservations. All Microtel Inns & Suites hotels are independently owned and operated.

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