CARROLLTON, TX: Motel 6 launched its first ever podcast, titled "Top 6 Reasons to Stay at a Motel during the Holidays," featuring novelist, travel writer and radio raconteur Tom Bodett.
In the podcast, Bodett offers six reasons to stay at a motel instead of with your relatives this holiday season. "You, not grandma's poor circulation, control the temperature," is one of them.
Janice Maragakis, director of PR for Accor North America, the parent company of Motel 6, said the podcast has already gotten coverage on websites such as Podcast.com, Podcastalley.com, Podcast.net and Podcastingnews.com. These sites regularly post announcements and information on new podcasts, and then let consumers rate them.
The podcast's launch has also gotten coverage on the websites of Internet Travel News, Hotels Magazine, Houston Chronicle, ABC 7 Chicago and WLOX-TV in Mississippi.
Maragakis said there would be more podcasts next year on topics ranging from "How to Plan a Road Trip" to "Tips on Traveling with your Pet." Bodett and animal expert Jack Hannah, respectively, will be featured in these upcoming podcasts. Accor will also produce business-oriented podcasts focusing on topics such as franchising opportunities.
The current podcast is available at Accor-na.com.