Rockville, Md., August 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH) has been recognized as one of the top franchises for diversity, equity and inclusion by Entrepreneur magazine. The publication’s first-ever ranking named Choice Hotels among the franchise industry’s top 50 brands that exemplify a company-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
“Cultivating an inclusive culture – in which diversity of thought, training and experience is celebrated – is a commitment led at the top of the organization that extends to all facets of the business, from our corporate associates to our franchise owners and their guests,” said Patrick Cimerola, Director of Human Resources, Choice Hotels. “This last ranking by Entrepreneur is not only a testament to our ability to live the Choice brand promise of making sure everyone who walks through our doors feels welcome, wanted and respected, but is a testament to the many initiatives our company continues to undertake. to nurture diversity and equitable opportunity across the entire hospitality industry.”
Choice Hotels has a long history of building and supporting a diverse base of associates and franchisees. For nearly 20 years, the industry-leading Emerging Markets team has been dedicated to making small business ownership a reality for underrepresented and minority entrepreneurs. Since the program began, the company has awarded and financially supported more than 310 franchise deals with underrepresented minority and veteran entrepreneurs, including 24 deals completed last year despite the pandemic. Earlier this year, in an effort to expand its support, the company developed the new HERtels by Choice program, a program that takes a multi-faceted approach to advancing and empowering women hotel owners.
All companies recognized as EntrepreneurThe first-ever list of the best franchises for diversity, equity and inclusion has been chosen by the editorial staff. Publication editors based their decisions on information submitted by the companies as well as their own independent research. The brands were selected for various reasons. Some offer discounts on franchise fees and other forms of assistance to help those who identify as Black, Indigenous and of Color (BIPOC), women, or LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. Some promote diversity, equity and inclusion in other ways, including the communities they serve and the services they offer; the initiatives and programs they have implemented at the corporate and franchise level; representation among their management team, franchisees and employees; and more.
“Entrepreneurr’s first-ever selection of brands in our new list of top franchises for diversity, equity and inclusion highlights the extraordinary efforts the franchise industry is making to diversify its ranks,” said Entrepreneur Senior Vice President of Franchising Liane Caruso. “The companies recognized by our editorial team highlight some of the ways several franchise brands have focused on upholding the values of diversity, equity and inclusion and provide meaningful and accessible opportunities for everyone to live their dreams of be an entrepreneur.”
To view Choice Hotels in Entrepreneur‘s, check out the “50 Diversity Champions” article in the September issue of Entrepreneur magazine on newsstands now or visit https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/432780.
For more information on Choice Hotels’ commitment to diversity and inclusion Contact our Emerging Markets team at www.choicehotelsdevelopment.com/diversity.
About Choice Hotels®
Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is one of the world’s largest lodging franchisors. On August 11, 2022Choice acquired Radisson Hotels Americas, adding nine brands and approximately 67,000 rooms in United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean to his wallet. With 22 brands, Choice Hotels has more than 7,500 hotels and nearly 650,000 rooms in 46 countries and territories as of August 11, 2022. The Choice® family of hotel brands offers business and leisure travelers a wide range of high-quality lodging options, ranging from limited-service to full-service hotels in the upscale, midscale segments upper, mid-range, extended stay and economy. The award-winning Choice Privileges® loyalty program gives members a faster way to earn rewards, with personalized benefits from day one. For more information, visit www.choicehotels.com.
This is not an offering. No offer or sale of a franchise will be made except by a franchise disclosure document filed and registered with the appropriate state authorities. A copy of the Franchise Disclosure Document may be obtained by contacting Choice Hotels International at 1 Choice Hotels Circle, Suite 400, Rockville, MD 20850, [email protected].
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