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Dorothy Dowling Named Senior Vice President, Marketing
at Best Western International

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PHOENIX, October 20, 2004 -- Dorothy Dowling has been named to the position of Senior Vice President, Marketing at THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN®. The announcement was made at Best Western International's annual convention in Charlotte today by President and Chief Executive Officer, David Kong.

Dowling's diverse career in the hospitality and tourism industry spans 20 years. She has served in a variety of senior level positions in both the private and public sectors.

Dowling began her hospitality career as a professor at Georgian College of Applied Arts & Technology in Ontario, Canada, at the School of Tourism & Hospitality. She joins Best Western most recently from Philadelphia-based ARAMARK Corporation, a world leader in food management services. From 2002 to 2004, Dowling held vice president positions with three of ARAMARK'S divisions including Parks & Attractions, Sports and Entertainment and Convention and Tourism. Prior to that, Dowling worked for Cendant Corporation from 1996 to 1999 as Vice President of Marketing. From 1999 to 2002, she served in senior level positions including President and Chief Operating Officer of Travelodge Canada and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Royal Host REIT. Dowling has also worked for several Canadian companies including Forte Hotels, Relax Hotels & Resorts, Drake International and Laventhol & Horwath Management Consultants. Dowling earned her Joint Masters of Arts degree in Sociology and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

In her role as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Best Western, Dowling will lead the Field Marketing, Frequency Marketing, Consumer Marketing, Advertising/Creative Services and Electronic Marketing departments.

"Dorothy brings a wealth of experience to Best Western through her success at some of the most highly respected organizations in hospitality and tourism," said Kong. "Dorothy is a very energetic, strategic and thoughtful individual and we're delighted to have someone of her caliber lead our marketing team."

Best Western is THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN® with more than 4,100 hotels in 80 countries and territories. It is a membership association of independently owned and operated hotels that provides marketing, reservations and operational support to its member hotels.


 
Contact:
David Trumble
Director, External Communications
(602) 295-3263
david.trumble@bestwestern.com
Also See: Ric Leutwyler Promoted to Best Western SVP Brand Quality and Member Service / March 2004
David Kong Appointed Best Western International's New President and Chief Executive Officer / September 2004


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