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Drury Hotels Rated #1 Overall 2nd Quarter in a Row!

Two in a Row! Market Metrix Announces Drury Hotels #1 Overall 2nd Quarter 2006

We thank all of our guests for recognition again this quarter as the leading hotel in customer service by Market Metrix.

All Hotels
Customer
Satisfaction
Drury Inns
89.2
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
89.1
Four Seasons Hotels
88.0
Bellagio
87.5
Homewood Suites
87.3
Walt Disney World Resorts
86.9
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
86.9
Loews Hotels
86.5
Harrah's
86.1
Omni Hotels
85.9

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MARKET METRIX ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER 2006 HOSPITALITY INDEX RESULTS

-Drury Inns, Jet Blue Airlines and Enterprise Rent-A-Car Take Top Industry Categories -

-Higher priced hotel brands get boost in loyalty from online booking -

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - August 15, 2006 -- Market Metrix, LLC, the leading provider of market research services for the hospitality industry, today announced results of the Market Metrix Hospitality Index (MMHI) for the second quarter of 2006. Drury Inns, Jet Blue Airways and Enterprise Rent-a-Car ranked number one in hotel, airline and rental car industry customer satisfaction, respectively.

This is the second consecutive quarter that Drury Inns has won top honors in customer satisfaction for the hotel industry. With higher satisfaction scores than much pricier hotels, guests continue to rave about the personal treatment they experience. Jet Blue Airlines and Enterprise Rent-A-Car also continue their momentum after earning the top spot in their respective industries in Q1 2006.

Are "online customers" less loyal? This quarter, our research focused on loyalty of customers who book online. Online booking for travel is increasing. For example, in each of the past 6 years more people made hotel reservations through travel portals (e.g., Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com, etc.) or directly on hotel websites. But how is the rise of online booking impacting guest loyalty? Is the ease of comparing multiple brands and the convenience of booking online creating more demanding guests? Or has the Internet created more fickle guests who are becoming more impulsive in their decisions?

The good news is that despite the rise in online booking hotel customer loyalty is also increasing -- but not for all hotels.

Among the largest hotel chains, there is a significant difference in loyalty between guests who book offline and those who book online. "Online bookers" tend to be more loyal among higher priced chains ($102 average rate) and less loyal among lower priced chains ($66 average rate). For example, Hilton guests that book online are 4% more loyal than Hilton guests who book offline. But Super 8 guests are 4% less loyal when booking online.

Guests of higher priced hotel chains are more loyal regardless of how they book their reservations. But higher priced brands get an additional boost in loyalty from their online guests, with the opposite happening for lower priced brands. What explains this difference?

Perhaps people going to higher priced hotels (who tend to be more loyal) go straight for their favored brand online and, the ease of booking online simply adds to their satisfaction. Guests of lower priced brands (who are typically less loyal) that book online may be bargain hunters who are price sensitive and thus less loyal. An alternative explanation is that higher priced brands have more appealing loyalty programs or even online booking bonuses linked to their loyalty programs. So guests may go straight for their preferred brand because they really want the points.

MMHI Top-Hospitality Rankings Q1 2006

Hotel - Overall
Drury Inns

Airline
Jet Blue

Car Rental
Enterprise

Luxury Hotels
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Upper Upscale
Walt Disney World Resorts

Upscale Hotels
Homewood Suites

Midscale w/ F&B
Best Western

Midscale w/o F&B
Drury Inns

Economy Hotels
Microtel Inns & Suites

Timeshare Accommodations
Disney Vacation Club

Upscale Casino
Bellagio

Casino
Harrah's

Hotel Reservations Website - Hotel Brand
Courtyard by Marriott

Hotel Reservations Website - Travel
Hotwire

(w/o F&B = without food & beverage)

About MMHI The Market Metrix Hospitality Index is a quarterly report of customer satisfaction with hotel, airline and car rental companies based on 35,000 in-depth consumer interviews. The MMHI ranks top hospitality brands by industry and, for hotels, by categories such as luxury, mid-price and economy. Detailed, in-depth and customized reports are available for subscribers. No other customer satisfaction index offers MMHI's reporting frequency, volume of customer interviews, cross-industry results or innovative satisfaction measures.

About Market Metrix Market Metrix, LLC was founded in 1996 to provide the hospitality industry with better customer and employee satisfaction measurement programs and management tools. In addition to MMHI, Market Metrix provides clients with award-winning survey systems and strategic services. For more information, log onto www.marketmetrix.com or call 1-800-239-7515.

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Contact: Mike Pharis
Market Metrix
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fax 415-721-1314
http://www.marketmetrix.com

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