Choicebuys.Com Launches New Version

Silver Spring, MD (August 20, 2002) – Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH) has launched a new version of its e-commerce website,, that greatly simplifies the ordering process and enhances the site’s research, tracking and budgeting capabilities.

The newest version of is powered by Comergent Technologies® Inc., one of the industry’s leading providers of sell-side e-business software. Comergent’s e-business clients include such renowned firms as Cisco Systems, Goodyear, Maytag, Nissan, Symbol Technologies and DuPont.

“Our aim in launching this new version of was to build on the site’s existing strengths – ease of navigation, volume of products and overall value,” said Brad Douglas, vice president, Strategic Partnerships for Choice. “This new version enables users to realize even greater efficiencies and cost savings.”

According to Douglas, the hardware is all new, the product database has been redesigned and the software has been improved to allow customers to use the system quickly and efficiently. “Our customers need to be able to access as quickly as possible,” he said. “This new version is faster, more stable and offers more time- and money-saving features.”

The new version of increases the search options that enable users to find specific products in less time; simplifies the order process, improving the recurring orders functionality and new order tracking, thereby enabling users to track expenses and maintain budgets more efficiently; and allows customers to research products and pricing by using side-by-side comparisons.

Named one of the 200 most promising business-to-business web sites by in 2000, was launched in April 1999 as one of the industry’s first e-procurement systems. To date, more than 250,000 products and services are marketed on the site, with more than 3,200 Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and MainStay Suites brand hotels registered as users. As of June 30, 2002, Choice franchisees had purchased nearly $5 million in products and services via

About Choice Hotels International

Choice Hotels International (NYSE:CHH) is one of the world's largest lodging franchisors, franchising more than 5,000 hotels in 46 countries under the Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge, MainStay Suites and Rodeway Inn brand names. For more information on Choice, visit the company's Internet site at

Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, MainStay Suites and are registered trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.

About Comergent

Comergent is a leading provider of sell-side e-business software that enables enterprises to make it easier for their customers to do business and reduce the cost of selling processes, all through a single system. The Comergent E-Business System™ includes four suites of customer-facing software applications that enable interactive selling and marketing, order management, partner relationship management, and private marketplaces. Comergent is a privately held company.

Customers include such industry leaders as Cisco Systems, DuPont, General Cable, Maytag, Nissan North America, Seagate, Symbol and Toro. Comergent has been named a Computerworld Top 100 Emerging Company for 2002, a Cool Company for 2001 by Fortune magazine, and is the winner of the 2001 Investors’ Choice award by Technologic Partners. This award recognizes the top ten enterprise companies most likely to succeed. For more information, visit or send e-mail to

Comergent and the Comergent logo are registered trademarks of Comergent Technologies, Inc. Comergent E-Business System is a trademark of Comergent Technologies, Inc.