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(Battle Creek, MI.) April 21, 2016 –   The Quality Inn Hotel located just off I-94 at exit 104 in Battle Creek, MI, owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, with the guidance of FireKeepers Casino Hotel, was recently a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Gold Hospitality Award. This award is presented by one of the world’s leading hotel companies, Choice Hotels International, Inc (NYSE: CHH), franchisor of the Quality Inn brand.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi purchased the Quality Inn Hotel in December of 2013. Since then it has been a priority of the operating staff at FireKeepers to help the Quality Inn continue to be successful and thrive in the community.

“The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and FireKeepers strive to be industry leaders in guest service and we are excited to have the Quality Inn receive this prestigious award from Choice Hotels!” states Vice President of Hotel Operations at FireKeepers Casino Hotel and Quality Inn, Kathy George. “A salute to the hard work and dedication of the Quality Inn team members. We thank them for adopting and living the outstanding service culture that has enabled them to become leaders in customer service in the hospitality industry.”

“The Quality Inn hotel’s commitment to excellence and outstanding guest service has earned it this well-deserved recognition as one of the best hotels among the Quality Inn brand,” said Steve Joyce, President and CEO for Choice Hotels International. “We here at Choice Hotels are very proud to award this distinguished honor to this Quality Inn hotel.”

Gold Award status represents a tremendous accomplishment for a hotel and its entire staff. Each year, only the very top hotels in each brand are eligible to receive this elite distinction. As a top performing property among the company’s more than 5,200 U.S. franchised hotels, the Quality Inn hotel is among the top 8% of properties within the Quality Inn brand. As one of the company’s top franchised hotels operating under the Quality Inn flag, the hotel has demonstrated an exceptional focus on guest satisfaction and dedication to providing superior service. Additional award criteria are evaluated by Choice Hotels through its official property ranking reports.

About Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is one of the world's largest lodging companies. With more than 6,400 hotels franchised in more than 35 countries and territories, Choice Hotels International® represents more than 500,000 rooms around the globe. As of December 31, 2015, 720 hotels were in our development pipeline. Our company's Ascend Hotel Collection®, Cambria® hotels & suites, Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge®, Rodeway Inn®, and Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels™ brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet guests' needs. With more than 25 million members and counting, our Choice Privileges® rewards program enhances every trip a guest takes, with benefits ranging from instant, every day rewards to exceptional experiences, starting right when they join.  All hotels and vacation rentals are independently owned and operated. Visit us at www.choicehotels.com for more information. © 2016. Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel, located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, MI, has been named Best Casino by audiences in Western Michigan and Northern Indiana, plus earned 9 first place awards in the Casino Player Magazine Best of Gaming 2015 Native Midwest category, including Best Overall Gaming Resort. FireKeepers was also selected one of the Best Casinos to Work For by Casino Player Magazine. Our signature restaurant, Nibi, is a multiple recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The property features 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center, six distinctive dining destinations, and multiple lounges. FireKeepers is the title sponsor of the FireKeepers Casino 400, a Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, and host of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship a Symetra Tour-Road to the LPGA golf event.