Receptive Tour Operators Name Choice Outstanding Hotel Chain

SILVER SPRING, Md. (Mar 6, 2000) - The Receptive Services Association, an organization of high-volume tour operators who specialize in servicing international travelers visiting the U.S., recently awarded Choice its “Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Operations” award, given for overall excellence in serving and selling to tour operators.

The biennial award was presented at the organization`s annual gala dinner in New York City.  Choice also received the award two years ago.

“This award is a direct reflection of the tremendous efforts put forth by Choice`s VIP Services group, which works closely with these receptive operators,” said Bill Todd, Choice`s vice president of sales.  “The overall commitment and service provided by this group is unmatched by any other hotel chain in the industry.”

Mercy Avello, Choice`s national sales director, was named one of three national finalists for the Travel Professional of the Year award given by the Receptive Services Association.  Avello is the only finalist from the hotel industry.

Choice Hotels International franchises over 5,000 hotels, inns, all-suite hotels and resorts open and under development in 37 countries under the brand names Comfort, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Rodeway Inn, Econo Lodge and MainStay Suites.  For more information on Choice Hotels or to make a reservation at a Choice brand hotel, visit Choice`s website at