LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 27, 1999-- Days Inn, Travelodge, Shoney's Inn, Quality Inn and Cafe 290 agree to become BETA test sites for COMMUNITY MARQUEE's new NETZONE Internet kiosks
Jones Naughton Entertainment, Inc. (OTC BB: JNNE) announced today that its COMMUNITY MARQUEE division has entered into site agreements with four nationally-known hotel chains and a prominent Atlanta Sports Bar & Night Club.
As part of a previously announced marketing arrangement with Hospitality International Real Estate, Inc. (HIRE), site agreements have been reached with four of the leading business traveler hotel chains in the nation, allowing for the immediate installation of the NETZONE(TM) Internet kiosks.
The first test site will be the Days Inn located near the Atlanta, Georgia Hartsfield International Airport. Days Inn is part of the Cendant organization (NYSE: CD) and has over 1,800 properties under the Days Inn banner and a total of over 5,800 hotels worldwide. The second test site will be the Quality Inn of Columbia, South Carolina. Quality Inn is part of the Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) representing over 4,000 properties. The third test site is with Travelodge, Macon, Georgia. Travel Lodge is also part of the Cendant organization and has over 450 properties under the Travelodge marquee. The fourth test site is with Shoney's Inn, part of the Sho Lodge, Franchise Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: LODG) A hotel chain of around 100 properties. These individual hotels are part of larger organizations representing over 11,000 total properties combined.
Jones Naughton will own and operate the NETZONE(TM) Internet kiosk in the hotel sites under the previously announced agreement with iCOM Network, Inc. Under the contract with iCOM, virtually all system maintenance can be handled from iCOM's corporate headquarters, including creating and rotating banner advertisements, usage reports, credit card processing, technical problems and introduction of new Internet services and Internet Services Providers updates. Jones Naughton plans to aggressively market the advertising opportunities available on the system to major Internet companies and other nationally-known consumer products companies.
Joe Naughton, Chairman, Jones Naughton Entertainment, Inc. explained, "Signing these hotel chains is a major coup for the COMMUNITY MARQUEE division. Upon completion of a short-term test of the system we should be able to sign up additional properties in rapid succession. We have encountered no resistance to the site agreement arrangement. These individual hotels are household names in the hospitality industry and represent an enormous number of potential candidates for the kiosks." Mr. Naughton, concluded, "With the recent price drops in the PC market, Internet usage has spread rapidly into the mainstream of the U.S. population. Jones Naughton plans on capitalizing on this trend by making Internet access available to a much wider audience of business travelers in the middle market hospitality industry." ABOUT THE COMPANY
Jones Naughton Entertainment, Inc. (OTC BB: JNNE) is an information technology concern focused on bringing communication technology into the U.S. mainstream. Through its COMMUNITY MARQUEE Division, Jones Naughton is providing interactive Internet, advertising and media buying services to clients across North America.
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