AmericInn Hotels Honored by Department of Defense for Initiatives Benefiting Members of the Military and Their Families

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - Jun 7, 2012) - AmericInn hotels, along with its President and CEO Paul Kirwin, have been honored with a top award from the Department of Defense agency Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for sponsoring numerous initiatives benefiting members of the military services and their families.

The ESGR "Above and Beyond" Award was presented to Kirwin and AmericInn at a recent award ceremony in Minneapolis by James Rebholz, the organization's national chairman. AmericInn, which includes over 260 hotel locations either open or under development in 27 states, was honored from a field of over 400 nominations submitted by military members who felt their employers had gone "Above and Beyond" their obligations in supporting them and their families.

"We are honored to receive this award in recognition of the on-going efforts by AmericInn hotel owners, managers, employees and corporate staff to support the military," Kirwin said. Over 350 military, government and business representatives attended the award banquet.

The "Above and Beyond" Award, given to a small number of organizations by state and territory ESGR committees, recognizes employers who have generously exceeded the legal requirements for supporting employee military duty. The company was nominated for the award by Sergeant First Class Shawn Lidberg of the Army National Guard, who is an employee of AmericInn.

AmericInn has designated military support and patriotism as a central part of its overall culture, focusing on the theme "AmericInn Cares." During the past several years the company has launched a series of major initiatives including preparing and shipping thousands of care packages to military troops stationed overseas plus preparing gift items, tote bags and bicycles for the families of military members. The company was also honored last year by the Department of Defense with the "Seven Seals Award" for military support programs.

AmericInn also offers a system-wide room discount for members of the military and their families. Military families can receive this discount by requesting the AmericInn Military Rate (rate code: MIL) when they make their reservation at a hotel, AmericInn.com or by calling the toll free telephone number 1-800-634-3444. A military I.D. is also required at check-in.

ESGR is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 whose mission is to develop and promote employer support of military service.

About AmericInn

AmericInn® is a mid-scale lodging chain with 250 locations currently open or under development in 24 states. AmericInn is currently in the midst of an ambitious, $75 million, system-wide renovation initiative, creating a fresh, updated look and feel in the company's 250 locations through contemporary new guest room furnishings, fixtures and related improvements. The three-year initiative, called "AmericInn Refresh," represents a new look for the future of the AmericInn brand, incorporating such elements as 32" flat screen televisions, new cozy Serta Perfect Sleeper® beds, furniture, draperies, artwork and contemporary interior paint schemes. AmericInn Refresh, which was launched in 2011, is expected to be completed at the end of 2013. It is the largest product improvement initiative in company history. AmericInn is franchised by Northcott Hospitality, owner and developer of successful franchised hospitality brands for more than 50 years. For more information on franchise opportunities, visit www.AmericInnDream.com or call 1-866-337-6082. For reservations visit www.AmericInn.com or call 1-800-634-3444.

Contact:

Leah Frank
Marketing Coordinator
AmericInn
(952) 294-5266
LFrank@americinn.com

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