Tuesday, February 07, 2006

FelCor Appoints Richard A. Smith as President and Chief Executive Officer

FelCor Appoints Richard A. Smith as President and Chief Executive Officer

IRVING, Texas, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated (NYSE:FCH) , one of the nation's largest hotel real estate investment trusts (REITs), today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Richard A. Smith as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Smith succeeds Thomas J. Corcoran, Jr., who has served as President and CEO of FelCor since its founding.

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"I am extremely pleased that Rick has been promoted to President and CEO of FelCor. Since he first joined FelCor, his leadership has been evident throughout the Company. Rick's wealth of experience will continue to position FelCor as one of our industry's leaders," said Thomas J. Corcoran, Jr., who has become FelCor's Chairman of the Board.

"Tom's leadership and vision for FelCor over the last 15 years can be seen throughout our Company. He grew FelCor from a REIT of six hotels and a market capitalization of $120 million in 1994 to a portfolio of 117 hotels with a total market capitalization of $3.2 billion. His leadership has positioned FelCor to be strong and profitable," said Rick Smith, FelCor's President and CEO. "I am very honored to be appointed to this role. I look forward to working with Tom to build an even stronger Company as we enter a new era."

Mr. Smith joined FelCor in November 2004 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to FelCor, Mr. Smith was with Wyndham International as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He was responsible for that company's financial strategy and operations. Mr. Smith joined Wyndham International in September 1999 as Senior Vice President and Treasurer. Mr. Smith also previously worked with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., where he was Vice President of Corporate Finance. Previously, he worked for Atlantic Richfield Company and Coopers & Lybrand.

Mr. Smith also will join the Board of Directors of FelCor.

A certified public accountant, Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Tennessee, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Law.

FelCor is the nation's largest owner of full service, all-suite hotels. FelCor's portfolio is comprised of 117 hotels, located in 28 states and Canada. FelCor owns 64 full service, all-suite hotels, and is the largest owner of Embassy Suites Hotels(R) and Doubletree Guest Suites(R) hotels. FelCor's hotels are flagged under global brands such as Embassy Suites Hotels, Doubletree(R), Hilton(R), Sheraton(R), Westin(R) and Holiday Inn(R). FelCor has a current market capitalization of approximately $3.2 billion. Additional information can be found on the Company's Web site at http://www.felcor.com/ .

With the exception of historical information, the matters discussed in this news release include "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws that are qualified by cautionary statements contained herein and in FelCor's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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CONTACT: Monica L. Hildebrand, Vice President of Communications,
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President of Investor Relations, +1-972-444-4912, or sschafer@felcor.com ,
both of FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated

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FelCor Lodging Trust Announces Andrew J. Welch as Chief Financial Officer

FelCor Lodging Trust Announces Andrew J. Welch as Chief Financial Officer

IRVING, Texas, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated (NYSE:FCH) today announced Andrew J. Welch as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He succeeds Richard A. Smith.

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"We are extremely pleased to appoint Andy as FelCor's Chief Financial Officer," said Richard A. Smith, who has become FelCor's President and CEO. "His extensive experience in capital markets activity and debt and equity transactions is known throughout the industry and he has a proven track record."

"I look forward to partnering with Rick and the FelCor management team in my new role. Our Company is well positioned to continue to benefit from strong lodging fundamentals and take advantage of opportunities that become available," said Mr. Welch.

Mr. Welch was most recently Senior Vice President and Treasurer of FelCor. In his role, he had been responsible for the Company's corporate finance, capital markets and treasury activities. Since joining FelCor, Mr. Welch has negotiated and closed on more than $6.5 billion in capital raising transactions.

Mr. Welch joined FelCor in 1998, at the time FelCor acquired Bristol Hotel Company. Prior to FelCor, he served as Vice President and Treasurer for Bristol from August 1997. For approximately 13 years prior to joining Bristol, Mr. Welch was responsible for originating investment banking and corporate banking business with Bank of America, N.A. and Citibank, N.A.

Mr. Welch received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas and a Master in Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Welch currently serves on the University of Kansas' School of Business Board of Advisors.

FelCor is the nation's largest owner of full service, all-suite hotels. FelCor's portfolio is comprised of 117 hotels, located in 28 states and Canada. FelCor owns 64 full service, all-suite hotels, and is the largest owner of Embassy Suites Hotels(R) and Doubletree Guest Suites(R) hotels. FelCor's hotels are flagged under global brands such as Embassy Suites Hotels, Doubletree(R), Hilton(R), Sheraton(R), Westin(R) and Holiday Inn(R). FelCor has a current market capitalization of approximately $3.2 billion. Additional information can be found on the Company's Web site at http://www.felcor.com/ .

With the exception of historical information, the matters discussed in this news release include "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws that are qualified by cautionary statements contained herein and in FelCor's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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CONTACT: Monica L. Hildebrand, Vice President of Communications,
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both of FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated

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Tom Corcoran Appointed as Chairman of the Board of FelCor Lodging Trust

Tom Corcoran Appointed as Chairman of the Board of FelCor Lodging Trust

IRVING, Texas, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated (NYSE:FCH) , one of the nation's largest hotel real estate investment trusts (REITs), today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Thomas J. Corcoran, Jr., as Chairman of the Board. With this appointment, Mr. Corcoran concurrently received a five-year employment agreement with FelCor. The Company also has announced Donald J. McNamara will resign his position as Chairman but remain on FelCor's Board of Directors. In addition, Michael D. Rose will resign from the Board of Directors of FelCor effective February 7, 2006.

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"I am proud to have led FelCor from its early days to its position today in the industry as one of the nation's largest REITs. When my partner Hervey Feldman and I started FelCor in the early '90s, our vision was to create a company that focused on, and executed, a value-added strategy for our shareholders, employees and hotels. At the same time, we wanted FelCor to be a company that fostered an entrepreneurial spirit, a culture of working together as a family and having fun. I am very pleased at all that we have accomplished over the years," said Tom Corcoran. "I will always feel a great sense of proprietorship for FelCor and have never been more optimistic about its future."

Mr. Corcoran co-founded FelCor, Inc. in 1991 with Hervey Feldman, and has served as President and CEO since the Company's formation. In 1994, FelCor went public with a market capitalization of approximately $120 million as a hotel REIT. In 1996, the Company listed on the New York Stock Exchange as FCH and in 1998, changed its name to FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated.

During Mr. Corcoran's tenure as CEO, FelCor grew from six hotels to a nationally-branded portfolio of 117 hotels. From its early days as a "Suite REIT," comprised of Embassy Suites Hotels(R) and Doubletree Guest Suites(R) hotels, FelCor's portfolio has grown to include global brands, including Hilton(R), Sheraton(R), Westin(R) and Holiday Inn(R), with a market capitalization of $3.2 billion.

Mr. Corcoran has more than 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. His board appointments include: Board of Trustees for the American Hotel Foundation; Secretary/Treasurer of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA); Co-chair of AH&LA's Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council; Chairman of Embassy Suites' Advisory Council to Hilton Hotels; and Vice Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Holiday Inns.

"This is a very exciting time for our industry. We successfully weathered the impact of 9-11, a three-year period of declining revenues and occupancies, and emerged as not only a survivor, but stronger than ever. The future is very bright," Mr. Corcoran added.

Mr. Corcoran's long history of management in the lodging and food service industries began with Brock Hotel Corporation in Topeka, KS. During his 11 years with Brock, Mr. Corcoran's roles in the company included President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Chuck E. Cheese Entertainment, Inc.

Mr. Corcoran is a graduate of Washburn University where he received a Juris Doctorate.

FelCor is the nation's largest owner of full service, all-suite hotels. FelCor's portfolio is comprised of 117 hotels, located in 28 states and Canada. FelCor owns 64 full service, all-suite hotels, and is the largest owner of Embassy Suites Hotels and Doubletree Guest Suites hotels. FelCor's hotels are flagged under global brands such as Embassy Suites Hotels, Doubletree, Hilton, Sheraton, Westin and Holiday Inn. FelCor has a current market capitalization of approximately $3.2 billion. Additional information can be found on the Company's Web site at http://www.felcor.com/ .

With the exception of historical information, the matters discussed in this news release include "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws that are qualified by cautionary statements contained herein and in FelCor's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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CONTACT: Thomas J. Corcoran, Chairman of the Board, +1-972-444-4901, or
tcorcoran@felcor.com , or Monica L. Hildebrand, Vice President of
Communications, +1-972-444-4917, or mhildebrand@felcor.com , or Stephen A.
Schafer, Vice President of Investor Relations, +1-972-444-4912, or
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US Airways Says 'Welcome to the Club' at Los Angeles International Airport

US Airways Says 'Welcome to the Club' at Los Angeles International Airport

US Airways Invites Passengers of All Airlines to Experience the New LAX Club

TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways (NYSE:LCC) announces the grand opening of the new US Airways Club at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where US Airways offers dozens of daily flights from LAX, linking the airport with seven key destinations, including transcontinental and international markets.

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The club is the only one located in Terminal One and to celebrate the grand opening, US Airways is reducing the price of day passes by 50 percent. What's more, US Airways is throwing open the doors of its LAX club to elite-level frequent flyers from all airline programs, offering these customers free admittance. Both of these specials apply during club operating hours on Feb. 8.

The network of US Airways Clubs provides amenities and services that busy travelers need to be productive or just relax, including:

   * A quiet and comfortable place to work or relax    * Personal assistance with reservations, flight changes and upgrades from     dedicated US Airways Club Representatives    * Workstations with dataports, fax machines, copiers and shredders     T-Mobile(R) HotSpot wireless broadband internet service (T-Mobile     service will not be immediately available at the LAX Club)    * Cable television, newspapers and other popular periodicals    * Complimentary beverages and snacks -- special thanks to the newly     renovated Hilton Los Angeles for providing food for the LAX Club grand     opening celebration     

The US Airways Club has 21 locations at 16 airports worldwide, as indicated below:

   Airport               Contact           Location   Washington                              Through security, adjacent to    International        1-410-993-4033    Gate D-22   Boston-Logan                            Terminal B, upper level past    International        1-617-634-4180    security, serves Gates 4-13                                           Through security, adjacent to   Buffalo               1-716-635-0337    US Airways Gate 6   Charlotte/ Douglas    International    Airport   Club Information -                      Through security, adjacent to    Concourse B          1-704-359-3185    US Airways Gate 6   Club Information -                      Through security, adjacent to    Concourse C          1-704-359-3180    US Airways Gate 6                                           Intersection of C and D   Business Center                         concourses, inside the US    Information          1-704-359-3588    Airways Club                                           US Airways Concourse across   Greensboro            1-336-665-5061    from Gate 45   Hartford/                               US Airways Concourse, across    Springfield          1-860-627-3933    from Gate A6   Las Vegas                               Mezzanine level, above ticket    International                          counters and outside security    Airport              1-702-736-5614    checkpoint   Los Angeles    International                          US Airways concourse, Terminal    Airport              1-310-417-2054    1, adjacent to gate 2   London Gatwick,                         South Terminal, 5th level of    United Kingdom       +44.1293.501631   the Departure Hall   New York LaGuardia    Airport              1-718-533-2536    US Airways East End Terminal   Philadelphia    International    Airport   Club Information -                      Third floor, between B and C    B/C Concourse        1-610-362-7714    concourses   Club Information -                      Terminal F, level 2 over the    Concourse F          1-610-362-4274    food court   Club and Envoy    Lounge Information                     Mezzanine level, between Gates    - A West Terminal    1-610-362-4275    A15 and A16                                           Third floor, between B and C   Business Center                         concourses inside the US    Information          1-610-362-4334    Airways Club   Phoenix    International    Airport   Club Information -                      Terminal 4, above gates A7 and    Concourse A          1-480-693-4072    A9   Club Information -    Concourse A          1-480-693-3366    Between gates A19 and A21   Club Information -    Concourse B          1-480-693-2994    Above gates B5 and B7   Pittsburgh                              Top of elevator to Mezzanine    International        1-412-472-1970    level   Raleigh/ Durham       1-919-840-4680    Terminal A, across from Gate 21                                           Airside F, adjacent to US   Tampa                 1-813-396-3822    Airways Gate 85   Ronald Reagan                           Just inside security check    Washington National  1-703-872-2612    point - Concourse C     

The US Airways Club provides its members with services and amenities that ensure that they are relaxed and productive while they travel. US Airways is the only low-cost-carrier to offer an extensive international club network. For more information, please visit www.usairways.com/club.

US Airways and America West's recent merger creates the fifth largest domestic airline employing 35,000 aviation professionals. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express operate approximately 3,700 flights per day and serve more than 230 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

US Airways is a member of the Star Alliance, which was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach and a smooth travel experience. Star Alliance was voted Best Airline Alliance by Skytrax in 2003 and 2005. The members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, TAP Portugal, THAI, United, US Airways and VARIG Brazilian Airlines. South African Airways and SWISS will be integrated during the first half of 2006. Regional member carriers Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines enhance the global network. Overall, Star Alliance offers more than 15,000 daily flights to 790 destinations in 138 countries. (LCCG)

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Expanded 'Marriott's Rewarding Welcome' System Offers Greater Personalized Options to Guests

Expanded 'Marriott's Rewarding Welcome' System Offers Greater Personalized Options to Guests

Multiple-brand program allows guests to store their hotel preferences once for eight different brands

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) has significantly expanded its "Marriott's Rewarding Welcome," which is the system that allows associates at eight of the brands participating in Marriott Rewards to anticipate and deliver on members' personal stay preferences. The expanded program now allows guests to request extra towels, foam pillows, refrigerators and newspaper preference (where available). Marriott Rewards members can enter their preferences into their Marriott Rewards accounts and the information is recorded for delivery globally at Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott Vacation Club International, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn and TownePlace Suites brands.

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The information is accessible at more than 2,600 hotels worldwide and throughout multiple guest touch points, such as when a reservation is made through the reservations center.

"We recognize that our guests want their personal preferences met when they stay with us, and we have expanded the Marriott's Rewarding Welcome system to accommodate many more of their members' needs," said Ed French, senior vice president of customer relationship marketing. "Knowing what our customers want and delivering on those desires without their having to ask is what Marriott is keenly focused on."

He added that guests played a large role in shaping the system enhancements. "We only store information that our Marriott Rewards members input themselves, and only record things that both we and our guests believe will benefit them through their Marriott experiences," said French.

Marriott Rewards membership is free to join and allows members to earn points or airline miles for every dollar they spend at eight Marriott International lodging brands. Points can be redeemed for free hotel stays, merchandise, rental cars, cruises, adventure travel tours, theme park tickets and more.

With 2,600 participating hotels and 22 million members worldwide, Marriott Rewards provides travelers the opportunity to get to the places they dream of 30 percent faster than with other leading programs.*

Marriott Rewards has been named "Best Hotel Rewards Program" by the readers of Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Travel Savvy, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.

For information about Marriott Rewards or to enroll, call (800) 249-0800, visit the front desk of participating hotels, or log onto marriottrewards.com.

* Comparison based on seven nights at Starwood, Hilton, InterContinental Hotel Group and Hyatt full-service hotels of similar quality and points earned on dollars spent. Assumes standard award offerings for base-level members. All comparisons made as of 6/05.

Marriott International, Inc.'s (NYSE:MAR) award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, has over 2,600 participating hotels in 66 countries and 22 million members. Marriott Rewards offers members the choice of earning/redeeming points, or earning frequent flyer mileage at nine distinct lodging brands -- Marriott Hotels & Resorts; JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts; Renaissance Hotels & Resorts; Marriott Vacation Club International; Courtyard by Marriott; Fairfield Inn by Marriott; Residence Inn by Marriott; SpringHill Suites by Marriott and TownePlace Suites by Marriott. Points may also be earned at ExecuStay by Marriott and Marriott Executive Apartments. For the past eight years, Marriott Rewards has been named "Best Hotel Reward Program in the World" by Business Traveler magazine and was named "Best Hotel Loyalty Program" by the readers of BusinessWeek magazine. Marriott Rewards can be found online at www.MarriottRewards.com

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,700 lodging properties in the United States and 65 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Bulgari, The Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Fairfield Inn brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, The Ritz-Carlton Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and Horizons brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; operates conference centers; and manages golf courses. The company is headquartered in metropolitan Washington, D.C. It is ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best places to work for by Fortune(R) magazine. In fiscal year 2004, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $10 billion, and the company had approximately 133,000 employees at year-end 2004. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com.

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