Prime Hospitality Corp. Names Brian Knoderer to Midwest Development Position

20th May 2002

Prime Hospitality Corp.
(NYSE: PDQ) has appointed Brian Knoderer as Regional Vice President, Franchise
Sales and Development, for its Midwest region.  Knoderer will focus on
expansion of the AmeriSuites and Wellesley Inns & Suites brands.

Knoderer joins Prime Hospitality from Choice Hotels International, where
he was Director of Franchise Development for the Clarion Hotel brand.
Responsible for growth of that brand in 11 Midwestern states, he was a top
salesperson for three consecutive years, adding over 3,500 hotel rooms to the
Clarion system. Prior to that, Knoderer was a franchise consultant and
president/owner of Town Marketing, a franchise direct mail marketing business.
He earned an MBA from Butler University in 1990 and a BS in Management
Information Systems at Ball State University.  He is a Fishers, Indiana

“Brian brings to Prime Hospitality tremendous talents in marketplace
development and client knowledge,” noted Jeffrey T. Williams, Senior VP,
Franchise Sales and Development.  “He will be a terrific asset to our team as
we continue expansion of our franchise business.”

Prime Hospitality Corporation, one of the nation`s premiere lodging
companies, owns, manages, develops and franchises 240 hotels throughout the
United States.  The Company owns and operates two proprietary brands,
AmeriSuites(R) (all-suites) and Wellesley Inns & Suites(R) (limited service).
Also within Prime`s portfolio are owned and/or managed hotels operated under
franchise agreements with national hotel chains including Hilton, Radisson,
Sheraton and Holiday Inn.  Prime can be accessed over the Internet at





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