Microtel Inn & Suites Hotel Opens in Sycamore, IL

ATLANTA (Sept. 13, 2002) – Global One has recently opened Illinois's newest
Microtel Inns & Suites hotel at 1860 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL. Microtel
Inns & Suites is the all newly-constructed, budget hotel chain with more than 250 locations worldwide.

We are excited to continue Microtel's expansion throughout Illinois. The brand provides value and quality, and is the traveler's alternative to higher priced, full-service properties, said Jon Leven, vice president of marketing for Microtel. Atlanta-based U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. is the parent company of the franchisors of the Microtel hotel chain.

The three-story, 53-room Microtel Inn & Suites hotel in Sycamore offers single, double and suite accommodations, all with queen beds. Amenities include expanded cable television with CNN and ESPN, daily complimentary breakfast buffet, business center, guest laundry and in-room high-speed internet connection.

There's a real need in the Sycamore market for a new budget hotel, said Dustin Hallenbach, general manager of the new property, and with its comfort, safety and value, Microtel is ideal for both business and leisure travelers. The Microtel in Sycamore is conveniently located near I-88, Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee Community Hospital. There are currently Microtel hotels located in Carlyle, Champaign, Chicago/Elk Grove Village and Joliet, IL.

Microtel Inns & Suites are all newly-constructed, interior corridor, budget/economy hotels. Microtel is one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the U.S. Microtel was ranked the highest in guest satisfaction among the economy/budget hotel chains in the J.D. Power and Associates' 2002 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Studysm . As of June 30, 2002 there were 268 Microtel branded hotels open or under construction worldwide.