Hotels Choice Hotels' Q3 profit increases 4.9% By Danny King / October 25, 2012 Share 1 -- Choice Hotels International's third-quarter profit rose 4.9% from a year earlier, as the franchiser experienced strong demand growth for its Ascend Collection upscale badge and its Clarion midscale brand. U.S. revenue per available room (RevPAR) advanced 5.6% from a year earlier on a 1.8 percentage-point increase in occupancy rates and a 2.7% rise in average room rate. RevPAR at its Ascend Collection and its Clarion chains both increased more than 8% from a year earlier, while its Sleep Inn chain's RevPAR was up 7%. Choice Hotels' flagship Comfort Inn had a RevPAR increase of 5.4%. Overall, net income rose to $44.4 million from $42.3 million a year earlier, while revenue increased 9.4% to $210.4 million. Follow Danny King on Twitter @dktravelweekly.