Economy lodging brand teams up with BestPlaces to help pets experience the trips they deserve 

DALLAS (March 31, 2022) – Just in time for National Pet Day on April 11, Motel 6, proud sponsor of pets™, and BestPlaces have teamed up to help pet owners explore the country with their furry companions – many pets for the first time given the amount of time spent at home over the last two years.

Through this partnership, Motel 6, the economy lodging brand where pets always stay free, and BestPlaces built a custom methodology that highlights the importance of enjoying the journey to travelers’ final destinations. The method considers access to dog parks, greenspaces and hiking trails for furry friends to explore, proximity to pet stores and veterinarians, dog-friendly restaurants, patios in the area and more.

Based on these criteria, the top 10 pet-friendly cities across America are:

  1. Santa Monica, Calif.
  2. Rockville, Md.
  3. Santa Fe, N.M.
  4. Mount Pleasant, S.C.
  5. Newport, R.I.
  6. Gloucester, Mass.
  7. Richmond, Ky.
  8. Bend, Ore.
  9. Asheville, N.C.
  10. Charlottesville, Va.

View the full list here.

“Pets are members of the family, so travelers are eager to bring them along for the ride as they explore the U.S. Thanks to BestPlaces, travelers can now feel confident bringing their pets on their journey,” said Rob Palleschi, CEO of Motel 6. “From small towns to beachside escapes and everything in between, Motel 6 will be there to welcome your full family, including those on four legs, at no additional cost.”

Motel 6 proudly allows well-behaved pets, such as cats and dogs, and service animals to stay for free at all locations across the country. Conveniently situated along major highways and interstates throughout the U.S. and Canada, Motel 6 will leave the light on for travelers and their four-legged companions. Pets are also welcome at Studio 6 properties across the U.S. and Canada for travelers seeking extended stay options for a nominal fee. Learn more about the Motel 6 and Studio 6 pet policy here.

For travelers getting ready to hit the roads with their pets this year, Motel 6 and partner Patriot PAWS share tips on how to travel with pets safely here.

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About Motel 6

Motel 6 is an economy lodging brand with company-owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. Motel 6 has used the tagline, “We’ll leave the light on for you®” for more than 30 years, earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 offers standard amenities including free Wi-Fi Internet access, free local calls, no long-distance access charges and expanded cable channel line-up. Most locations offer guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit www.motel6.com.

About BestPlaces

With over 3 million monthly users, BestPlaces (www.bestplaces.net) is the nation’s premier source for finding your best place to live. Founded by author and researcher Bert Sperling over thirty years ago, BestPlaces helps users make informed decisions about where to live, work, and retire. Bert’s bestselling books “Cities Ranked and Rated” and “Best Places to Raise Your Family” are published by John Wiley & Sons, and he was named the “The Guy Who Picks the Best Places” by the New York Times.

DALLAS, January 25, 2022 – During the winter months, many Americans look to make the most of the fresh snow and cooler temps by skiing and snowboarding in cities and towns across the United States, often taking a weekend getaway to experience some place new. Trips to the slopes can be a costly expense, which is why Motel 6 teamed up with Share Winter Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives, health, and fitness of children through winter sports by making skiing and snowboarding more accessible.

Through this partnership, Motel 6 is funding transportation to and from two mountain resorts for 150 children from five organizations across the state of California, including: Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside, Ketchum Downtown YMCA, Brotherhood Crusade, the Boys and Girls Club of San Gorgonio Pass and Big Pine Schools.

“With Motel 6 as our very first lodging partner, we are teaming up to prove that affordable skiing and snowboarding opportunities exist,” said Constance Beverley, CEO of Share Winter Foundation. “Thanks to the support of Motel 6, we have the opportunity to provide transportation for the children to and from the mountain, which is typically one of the greatest roadblocks to youth snow sports participation.”

Motel 6 has also teamed up with Joe Miron, a longtime ski enthusiast with 50 years of experience road tripping to ski resorts across the United States and Canada, to further its commitment to providing affordable and memorable ski trips. Miron has spent several decades perfecting the art of planning cost-effective ski voyages and shared a few tips to make traveling to the slopes budget-friendly without sacrificing the adventure:

  • Select Affordable & Accommodating Lodging: Identifying lodging that accommodates all your needs is vital for planning an affordable ski trip. Miron chooses Motel 6, an economy lodging brand with more than 280 locations near ski resorts. Motel 6 is known to be clean, comfortable, affordable, and offers a pet-friendly environment, where up to two dogs or cats can stay for free. Miron personally appreciates how over 1400 Motel 6 locations are locally owned and operated and are easy to spot from the main road or freeway.
  • Seek Early Bird Specials: Purchase passes in advance rather than at the ticket window to get the best bang for your buck. Many resorts and ski passes will begin offering discounted prices in early spring, known as “early bird specials”. Miron opts for the Indy Pass, a multi resort season pass offering access to 80 independently owned and operated ski areas across North America. For a limited time, My6 Members can receive 10% off adult and kids passes.
  • Consider Weekend & Holiday Crowds: For large resorts, consider the crowds on holidays and weekends in January and February and time your visit to the “off” days. Weekdays are typically less crowded and will allow you to take full advantage of an uncrowded ski slope. Miron prefers visiting large mountains between Tuesday through Thursday to avoid the high ski traffic.
  • Road Tripping with your Furry Friend: Pets are great travel companions, especially for ski trips. When deciding to bring your furry friends along for the adventure on your next ski trip, make sure you have all the necessities such as finding a pet-friendly lodging option like Motel 6 and bringing a dog jacket and heavy blanket to keep them warm. Miron, who travels with his dog Kilo throughout the winter months, even attaches a Tractive GPS device to his dog collar.
  • Seek Out Unique or Smaller Locations: While exploring the various winter wonderlands, seek unique and smaller ski areas, as there may be some hidden deals and unpolished gems to help keep your trip within budget. Miron loves to visit smaller resorts alongside the major mountains, specifically New Mexico, Idaho and Montana ski areas.

“Joe Miron represents many of our guests and how they travel – those looking for a comfortable and affordable place to stay while pursuing the things they love,” said Adam Cannon, Chief Brand Officer of Motel 6. “We were inspired by Joe’s passion for skiing and want to do our part in making those winter memories possible, so we’re paying it forward by partnering with the Share Winter Foundation to make winter sports more accessible.”

For additional information on the Share Winter Foundation and how to activate the Indy Pass discount, visit Motel6.com. Motel 6 remains committed to following CDC guidelines and maintaining safe and clean hotels for its valued guests looking for a ski getaway this season. Learn more about the brand’s Clean@6 program here.

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About Motel 6
Motel 6 is an economy lodging brand with company-owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. Motel 6 has used the tagline, “We’ll leave the light on for you®” for more than 30 years, earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 offers standard amenities including free Wi-Fi Internet access, free local calls, no long-distance access charges and expanded cable channel line-up. Most locations offer guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit www.motel6.com.

About Share Winter Foundation
Share Winter Foundation (Share Winter) is a non-profit grantmaking organization working to improve the lives, health, and fitness of youth through winter sports, and create a more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming winter sports community. Share Winter works closely with carefully selected grantees to build efficient, effective, sustainable winter sports programs and pipelines to ongoing winter sports participation. Through our partnerships, we strive to make winter sports accessible to a broader, more diverse community and share winter with 100,000 youth by 2028. Learn more at www.sharewinterfoundation.org.

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About G6 Hospitality LLC
G6 Hospitality owns, operates and franchises more than 1,400 economy lodging locations under the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands in the United States and Canada. In 2021, Franchise Rankings named Motel 6 a No.5 Motel Franchise and listed Studio 6 as a No. 6 Best Hotel Franchise. The company also ranked a Top 10 Military Friendly® Employer for 2022 and named a 2021 “Best for Vets” employer by Military Times. For more information please visit www.g6hospitality.com.

DALLAS, January 11, 2021G6 Hospitality, the parent company of the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands, is committed to doing its part to end human trafficking in all forms and to help increase awareness of this global crime as the nation recognizes Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January.

“There is nothing more important to us than creating a safe environment and positive experience for our guests and team members,” said Rob Palleschi, CEO of G6 Hospitality. “Wear Blue Day is an important reminder of the role we all must play to combat all forms of human trafficking in the hospitality industry and beyond.”

G6 Hospitality takes a proactive, zero-tolerance stance on human trafficking and has implemented a comprehensive awareness, training and response program to help address this worldwide problem within the communities it serves. Every year, all Motel 6 & Studio 6 property team members are required to participate in the company’s proprietary Room Next Door anti-human trafficking training or the Asian American Hospitality Association’s “BEST” anti-human trafficking training provided to their hotel team members. The company has found success in this approach as all team members share an active role in identifying the signs and proactively responding to fight trafficking.

The company recently partnered with A21, a leading organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking at a local, domestic, and international level. During the upcoming Americas Lodging Investment Summit, G6 Hospitality and industry peers will engage in a discussion led by A21 on anti-human trafficking efforts in the hospitality sector.

G6 Hospitality continues to strengthen its partnerships with a range of organizations that include the Texas Businesses Against Trafficking Alliance, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and ECPAT, as well as groups that directly provide services and support to survivors including New Friends, New Life and Truckers Against Trafficking. In addition, G6 is pleased to announce a new partnership with the It’s A Penalty campaign which operates around major sporting events to prevent abuse, exploitation and trafficking worldwide. The company is also proud to have been the first hospitality company invited to participate in the International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators conference in 2021.

G6 Hospitality will continue to identify additional opportunities to work with organizations at the forefront of anti-trafficking efforts to shine a light on this societal problem.

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About G6 Hospitality LLC
G6 Hospitality owns, operates and franchises more than 1,400 economy lodging locations under the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands in the United States and Canada. In 2021, Franchise Rankings named Motel 6 a No.5 Motel Franchise and listed Studio 6 as a No. 6 Best Hotel Franchise. The company also ranked a Top 10 Military Friendly® Employer for 2022 and named a 2021 “Best for Vets” employer by Military Times. For more information please visit www.g6hospitality.com.

Motel 6 releases new survey results ahead of the holidays, showing travelers ready to hit the road and spend the festivities with loved ones 

DALLAS, November 16, 2021 – Motel 6 today releases its fourth annual holiday survey, revealing that nearly seven in 10 (70%) of those planning to travel for the holidays this year will be road-tripping to their destination. The poll surveyed over 2,000 individuals and found that 82% believe it is important to spend that time with loved ones, and the average traveler will be driving over nine hours this holiday season – journeying over 600 miles to reach their destination. Of those planning to travel this year, one in three (32%) stayed home last year. When it comes to accommodations, nearly half say they’d consider a hotel or rental just for some privacy.

Once they reach their destination, travelers are looking forward to indulging in classic holiday traditions with loved ones. In fact, the most eagerly anticipated traditions among those polled this year include baking cookies (51%), watching holiday movies (50%) and decorating the home (43%).

Out of those respondents who changed their holiday up a bit in 2020, almost nine in 10 (88%) admitted that last year’s newly minted traditions would follow them into this holiday season. For example, one in three (35%) cited Zoom holiday calls with extended family as their favorite new holiday activity.

“We are thrilled to see the continued resurgence in travel across North America,” said Rob Palleschi, CEO of G6 Hospitality. “Those looking for a place to rest this holiday season can count on Motel 6 to provide a clean and comfortable room at an affordable rate, whether we are part of their journey or their destination.”

American holiday travelers are hopeful for a more peaceful experience this year, with nearly three-quarters (67%) of respondents anticipating their holiday trips to be more relaxing in 2021 after people had to change up their holiday plans last year.

Two-thirds of survey respondents plan to travel with their immediate family this holiday season, and nearly two in five (38%) will be bringing along their pets. In particular, they’re most excited to reconnect with their siblings (46%), parents (45%) and extended family (42%).

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About the Survey
The survey was commissioned by Motel 6 through SWNS Media Group, who conducted an online survey among n = 2,000 U.S. grandparents aged 41+ (nationally representative sample). The survey was conducted on April 20-23, 2021 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage at a 95 percent confidence level.

About Motel 6
Motel 6 is an economy lodging brand with nearly 1,400 company owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. Motel 6 has used the tagline, “We’ll leave the light on for you®” for more than 30 years, earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 offers standard amenities including free Wi-Fi Internet access, free local calls, no long-distance access charges and expanded cable channel line-up. Most locations offer guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit www.motel6.com.

Motel 6 partners with Patriot PAWS to share pet travel safety tips. 

DALLAS, August 18, 2021 – New research from Motel 6 reveals that as Americans are hitting the roads, they will be doing so with their pets, as the majority (54%) of cat and dog owners noted they plan to travel with their pet in the next year. The economy lodging brand where pets always stay free released new survey data of 1,000 U.S. individuals planning to travel with their pet in the next year.

The poll found that nearly seven in 10 (68%) say their pet deserves a getaway this year, but only 8% of respondents prepare for a trip with their four-legged friend by researching pet-friendly travel websites. To help travelers enjoy a much-needed break with their pet, Motel 6 has teamed up with Patriot PAWS, an organization dedicated to training and providing service dogs to disabled American veterans and others in need, to share tips on how to do so safely.

“Traveling with your pet is great for socialization and training, especially for younger animals,” says Dr. Rhonda Phillips, veterinarian and Patriot PAWS Board Member. “Just a few simple steps like thinking twice while packing, making pit stops along the way and doing some research before your trip can help take away some of the stress pet owners may have about traveling with their furry friends.”

Preparing For a Trip With a Pet
Dr. Phillips notes that preparation is key when traveling with a pet, and it’s important for pet owners to bring their pet’s food, water and toys when traveling as the familiarity helps ease any anxiety. In fact, two in five (41%) individuals planning to travel with their pet in the next year agree that their pet can’t travel without their favorite toy. Dr. Phillips also suggests speaking with a veterinarian before traveling if the pet is prone to anxiety or nausea during travel so they can provide any further tips specific to the four-legged friend.

Getting There
More than one-third of those planning to travel with their pet within the next year (39%) say the next trip they plan to take is a road trip. Dr. Phillips and Patriot PAWS advise that traveling with an assortment of entertainment such as catnip toys for cats, or tug and chew toys for dogs, will help keep the animal’s mind busy and from feeling bored or isolated during the trip. In fact, the majority of individuals planning to travel with their pet in the next year (52%) admit to talking to their pet while they drive, and over a third of respondents (31%) say they even have a special music playlist for their pet.

While road tripping, it is crucial for pets to have regular bathroom breaks and stretch their legs, just like humans. Dr. Phillips recommends stopping every two to four hours, depending on the age and size of the animal.

Arriving at Your Destination
While three-quarters (75%) of individuals planning to travel with their pet in the next year love traveling with their pet, 44% say that the biggest hurdle is finding pet-friendly lodging accommodations. Nearly two in three (65%) individuals planning to travel with their pet in the next year believe pet-friendly hotels should not charge extra for a pet.

Dr. Phillips recommends identifying hotels where pets stay for free, such as Motel 6, which never charges extra for four-legged guests. Find more information on Motel 6’s pet policy here.

“We believe pets and service animals are part of the family which is why they stay free at any of our locations across the U.S.,” said Rob Palleschi, CEO of Motel 6. “Pet parents are ready to hit the open road with their four-legged friends, and we welcome them wherever their journey takes them. As always, we’ll leave the light on. For pets and their owners.”

In partnership with Patriot PAWS, Motel 6 sponsors the training of service dogs to donate to disabled veterans as part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the veteran community. Learn more about Patriot PAWS here.

Motel 6 remains committed to following CDC guidelines and maintaining safe and clean hotels for its valued guests. Learn more about the brand’s Clean@6 program here.

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About the Survey
The survey was commissioned by Motel 6 through SurveyMonkey, who conducted an online survey among n = 1,000 U.S individuals that own a pet cat or dog and plan on traveling with their pet in the next year aged 18-99 (nationally representative sample). The survey was conducted on June 19 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.925% percentage.

About Motel 6
Motel 6 is an economy lodging brand with company owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. Motel 6 has used the tagline, “We’ll leave the light on for you®” for more than 30 years, earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 offers standard amenities including free Wi-Fi Internet access, free local calls, no long-distance access charges and expanded cable channel line-up. Most locations offer guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit www.motel6.com.

About Patriot PAWS
The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American Veterans and others with mobile disabilities and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Founded by professional dog trainer, Lori Stevens, Patriot PAWS has placed more than 230 service dogs since 2006, when it was designated as an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Patriot PAWS trains their dogs with the help of volunteer Puppy Raisers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and student Puppy Raisers at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. They also have an innovative, 13-year partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice where inmate trainers live and work with the dogs in prison. For more about Patriot PAWS, please visit their website at www.patriotpaws.org.

DALLAS, June 21, 2021 G6 Hospitality, the parent company of Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands in the United States and Canada, today announced the promotion of Mike Moore to Chief Human Resources Officer. In his new role, Moore is responsible for the organization’s people strategy, including brand culture, team member engagement, talent acquisition and development, and compensation. As part of the executive leadership team, he will report directly to CEO Rob Palleschi.

“For us it is important to ensure Motel 6 and Studio 6 are places where our team members choose to work and our guests choose to stay, and with Mike at the helm we’ll no doubt continue to deliver and build on that pledge,” said Palleschi. “Mike’s passion for people, industry knowledge and dedication to the business positions him to lead in this integral role.”

Moore brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to his role and for the past decade has served in various capacities throughout the company, including training, field and corporate HR, administrative services and recruiting. Prior to joining G6 Hospitality, Moore worked for FedEx Kinko’s where he was responsible for providing strategic and day-to-day operational direction, leadership and guidance for field HR functions, and Levitz Furniture managing operations and training.

Over the past year, Moore led the company’s system-wide integrated COVID-19 response, managing the ongoing developments and deploying real-time enhanced protocols in response to the global health crisis.

A SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Moore holds a Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Management degree from Kennedy Western University.

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About G6 Hospitality LLC
G6 Hospitality owns, operates and franchises nearly 1,400 economy lodging locations under the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands in the United States and Canada. The company also ranked No. 1 in the 2020 Military Friendly® Employer survey in its revenue category and named a “Best for Vets” employer by Military Times. In 2020, Motel 6 was named the “Best Budget-Friendly Hotel Brand” in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. For more information please visit www.g6hospitality.com.

DALLAS, June 17, 2021 – Motel 6 today announced it will offer Samsung Galaxy Smartphones to new users of the brand’s My6 member program. Guests who complete a stay at one of the 1,400 Motel 6 or Studio 6 locations throughout the U.S. by Labor Day are eligible for the limited time offer.

To take advantage, guests can join My6 at no cost on Motel6.com through the Samsung promotion page. Once registered as a new member and logged into their My6 account, guests can book their reservation. Following a stay on or before Monday, September 6, 2021, the new My6 member will receive an email with an exclusive link to redeem a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone when paying for two months of wireless service. The offer includes no annual contracts and unlimited talk and text.

“We are proud to offer Samsung Galaxy Smartphones to new members joining My6 and is another way to say ‘welcome back’ to our guests as they begin to return to travel this summer,” said Adam Cannon, Vice President, Brand Management at G6 Hospitality, owner, operator and franchisor of the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands. “Motel 6 is committed to serving our guests wherever the road may take them, and we look forward to welcoming them the next time they need a clean, comfortable and affordable place to stay.”

My6 members have access to the best available rates and can enjoy an expedited booking process online or through the app at any Motel 6 or Studio 6 property across the U.S. and Canada. The My6 app is currently available for download in the Apple App and Google Play stores.

Motel 6 remains committed to following the CDC guidelines and to doing its part in maintaining safe and clean hotels for its valued guests. Learn more about the brand’s Clean@6 program here.

Terms & Conditions: Free phone offer is available when you pay $100 for 2 months of service. Service may be changed or cancelled after the second month. Service includes talk, text and data. No annual contracts or credit check required; service subject to certain terms. See order page for complete and current offer details. Purchase requires a valid credit card or debit card with verified billing address. Gift cards cannot be used. State and local taxes are included. Shipping costs may apply. The offer, terms, device and plan are subject to change. Service may not be available in all markets. Rules and other restrictions may apply. Void where restricted or prohibited by law. Limited time offer and only valid in the United States. Available while supplies last.

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About Motel 6
Motel 6 is an economy lodging brand with nearly 1,400 company owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. Motel 6 has used the tagline, “We’ll leave the light on for you®” for more than 30 years, earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 offers standard amenities including free Wi-Fi Internet access, free local calls, no long-distance access charges and expanded cable channel line-up. Most locations offer guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit Motel6.com.

Motel 6 encourages Grand Introductions and releases new survey results highlighting the bond between grandparents and grandchildren. 

DALLAS, May 19, 2021 – Two in five (42%) U.S. grandparents have had a grandchild born since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research from Motel 6. The economy lodging brand released a new survey revealing that as it becomes safe to travel again, 56% of grandparents said the first trip they’re planning to take is to see their grandchildren — with almost half (48%) already in planning their visit.

“As more and more Americans feel ready to travel again, we are thrilled to be able to take part in some of these much-needed family reunions,” said Rob Palleschi, CEO of G6 Hospitality. “We will continue to leave the light on for all guests, whether that be grandparents staying with Motel 6 on the way to visit family or as a way to socially distance and remain safe for upcoming family visits.”

The survey, which polled 2,000 U.S. grandparents, found that it has been over seven and a half months since the average grandparent has last seen their grandchildren in person. Additionally, three in five (59%) grandparents spent less time with their grandchildren because of the pandemic — and, of those, 82% said that was the hardest part of the past year.

Ready to reunite
This separation over the past year has been especially difficult for grandparents, and of those who have not yet met their new grandchild, nearly 70% say it’s what they’re looking forward to most after the pandemic.

Future Trips
One-fifth (21%) of grandparents said at least one grandchild lives out of driving distance, although three in five (59%) said they plan to spend more time with their grandchildren in the coming year than ever before. The top three places that grandparents are most looking forward to traveling with their grandkids are mountains, beaches and campgrounds.

Motel 6 remains committed to following CDC guidelines doing its part in maintaining safe and clean hotels for its valued guests. Learn more about the brand’s Clean@6 program here.

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About the Survey
The survey was commissioned by Motel 6 through SWNS Media Group, who conducted an online survey among n = 2,000 U.S. grandparents aged 41+ (nationally representative sample). The survey was conducted on April 20-23, 2021 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage at a 95 percent confidence level.

About Motel 6
Motel 6 is an economy lodging brand with nearly 1,400 company owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. Motel 6 has used the tagline, “We’ll leave the light on for you®” for more than 30 years, earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 offers standard amenities including free Wi-Fi Internet access, free local calls, no long-distance access charges and expanded cable channel line-up. Most locations offer guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit www.motel6.com.

DALLAS, April 14, 2021 – Motel 6, the economy lodging brand, is proud to offer additional savings to AARP members. Motel 6 and Studio 6 locations now offer AARP members new benefits, including 10% off room rates, as well as the ability to request a late checkout until 2 p.m. at no additional cost, when available.

“As the desire to safely return to travel grows, we are continuing to leave our lights on for guests in need of a place to stay, which is why we are proud to bring additional benefits to AARP members,” said Rob Palleschi, chief executive officer at Motel 6. “Whether visiting family for the first time since the start of the health crisis or just in need of a clean, comfortable room, AARP members can feel confident staying with us when they are ready to hit the road once again.”

Motel 6 and Studio 6 hotels feature complimentary Wi-Fi, expanded cable TV and pet-friendly rooms at no extra cost, while many also boast free parking and guest laundry facilities*.

“These expanded benefits, exclusive to AARP members, are designed to help people save more money at both Motel 6 and Studio 6 locations,” said Victoria Borton, vice president of Lifestyle Products & Services at AARP Services Inc. “Motel 6 brings its iconic brand recognition, while Studio 6 offers additional amenities for those members looking for an extended stay. While the travel industry continues to adapt for people eager to safely travel again, we know that Motel 6 will practice enhanced cleanliness protocols and provide AARP members with reliable benefits.”

To ensure guests feel confident when staying at any of the brand’s locations across the U.S. and Canada, Motel 6 recently announced the “Clean@6” initiative. Since the onset of the global health crisis, the company has partnered with medical experts and its franchise owners to adopt a thoughtful and proactive approach to serve guests and protect against the spread of viruses. The approach includes enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols, as well as social distancing in all common areas.

The AARP member discount is available at all Motel 6 and Studio 6 locations. AARP members can book online or call Motel 6 and Studio 6 at 855-478-4752 to book and mention the AARP member discount. Please note a valid AARP membership and ID# are required at check-in. Not an AARP member? Join or Renew for exclusive benefits at Motel 6 and Studio 6.

To book a stay at one of the nearly 1,400 Motel 6 or Studio 6 properties across the U.S. and Canada, visit www.motel6.com.

*Due to the global health crisis, some amenities may be suspended. Contact your destination directly to find the latest information.

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About Motel 6
Motel 6 helps travelers save more for what they travel for with nearly 1,400 company owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. Motel 6 has used the tagline, “We’ll leave the light on for you®” for almost 30 years, earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 offers standard amenities including Wi-Fi Internet access, local calls, no long-distance access charges and expanded cable channel line-up. Most locations offer swimming pools and guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit www.motel6.com.

About AARP Services
AARP Services, founded in 1999, is a wholly-owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the provider relationships for and performs quality control oversight of the wide range of products and services that carry the AARP name and are made available by independent providers as benefits to AARP’s millions of members. The provider offers currently span health products, financial products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; credit cards, auto and home, mobile home and motorcycle insurance, life insurance and annuities; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services and legal services. AARP Services also engages in new product development activities for AARP and provides certain consulting services to outside companies.

About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.orgwww.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP@AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.​

Recent travel survey from Motel 6 finds Americans are eager to travel and are making plans for 2021 trips.

DALLAS, March 30, 2021 – The average American spent 176 hours scrolling social media for travel inspiration throughout the past year, according to new research from Motel 6. On the heels of the one-year anniversary of the health crisis, the economy lodging brand released a survey revealing that three in five (60%) Americans experienced a stronger desire to travel in the past 12 months than in a normal year and hope to turn that into a reality in 2021.

The survey, which polled 2,000 U.S. adults, found that one in four (24%) respondents have been scrolling for travel inspiration this past year as an outlet for their pent-up desire to travel. Of those who have been scrolling through social media, three-fourths (76%) said it has made them want to travel more, and almost two-thirds (63%) said it has helped them remain happy over the course of the last unprecedented year.

“We are starting to see a great deal of enthusiasm for returning to travel, and as the survey results demonstrate, travelers have been dreaming about and planning for that day for some time, no doubt a welcome distraction throughout the health crisis,” said Rob Palleschi, CEO of G6 Hospitality. “When travelers are ready to hit the road again, we’re here to help them do so safely. We want our guests to know that we will continue to ‘leave the light on’ for those in need of a clean, comfortable and affordable place to stay as they prepare for travel during these unprecedented times.”

What travelers need to feel safe
Three-quarters (76%) of Americans weren’t able to travel as much as they had hoped during 2020 and it’s been almost seven months since the average respondent last traveled for fun. On top of that, 55% of respondents said they’re waiting to travel until after they have personally received the COVID-19 vaccine.

However, 7 in 10 (69%) have travel plans for 2021 and the respondents who feel safe traveling in 2021 are most likely to travel by car (54%), leading to more than half (56%) of Americans saying they’re more likely to take a road trip in 2021 than in previous years.

Three in five (58%) respondents stated that they’re worried about staying with family or friends due to the ongoing health crisis, therefore half (49%) of respondents are more likely to stay at a hotel if traveling this year. Requirements to wear masks in public areas (45%), knowing about enhanced cleaning services (38%) and capacity limitations (37%) are the top things that would make respondents feel safer when staying at a hotel or motel this year.

“In the early days of the crisis, we launched Clean@6, an initiative aimed at enhancing cleaning and sanitation, physical, and social distancing and safe behavioral practices for everyone,” said Palleschi. “Travel looks different now, so we continue to evolve and are doing everything we can to help travelers feel safe and confident the next time they walk through our doors.”

Motel 6 will leave the light on for those traveling safely this year, with reservations available at motel6.com. Motel 6 remains committed to following the guidelines of the CDC and to doing its part in maintaining safe and clean hotels for its valued guests. Learn more about the brand’s Clean@6 program here.

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About the Motel 6 Travel Survey
The travel survey was commissioned by Motel 6 through SWNS Media Group, who conducted an online survey among n = 2,000 U.S. adults aged 18+ (nationally representative sample). The survey was conducted on Feb. 25–March 4, 2021 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage at a 95 percent confidence level.

About Motel 6
Motel 6 helps travelers save more for what they travel for with nearly 1,400 company owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. Motel 6 has used the tagline, “We’ll leave the light on for you®” for more than 30 years, earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 offers standard amenities including free Wi-Fi Internet access, free local calls, no long-distance access charges and expanded cable channel line-up. Most locations offer guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit www.motel6.com.