Friday, October 24, 2008

No Choice Hotels Discounts for Abortions

It was recently reported that The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Cherry Hill, NJ, and the Quality Inn in Maple Shade, NJ had entered into special rate agreements with the Cherry Hill Womens Center. They reportedly were giving very reduced rates and complimentary breakfast to women who went there to have abortion! I wrote to Choice Hotels, and here is their response received today:

"Dear Thomas Lang:

Thank you for contacting us regarding your concerns about two hotels that are a part of the Choice Hotels franchise system. We appreciate your input on this matter. We have received several similar inquires. These two hotels, like all of our more than 4,600 franchised properties in the UnitedStates, are independently owned and operated.

This means that each individual, independent hotel owner has the right to set its own local marketing policies and practices, which includes negotiating rates with local businesses and organizations. While Choice as a franchisor develops national marketing programs, rates and promotion programs such as these are set locally.

As a result of inquiries like yours, The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, upon reflection, has ended this practice of offering special rates to patients of the Cherry Hill Women's Center.

In addition, we have been advised by the Quality Inn in Maple Shade that any assertions of a similar discount at that hotel are false.

Thank you again for alerting us to this important issue. We hope you can now feel more comfortable about staying at our hotels.

Mark Weiner
Vice President, Customer Care and Reservations
Choice Hotels International, Inc."

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