Globally in the First Two Quarters of 2004
|PHOENIX (August 13, 2004) -- Best Western International, THE WORLD'S
LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN®, has added 148 hotels to its system globally in
the first two quarters of 2004. At the close of the company's second fiscal
quarter ending May 31, Best Western had 4,097 hotels and 309,293 rooms
in 80 countries and territories. The company is on track to meet its development
projections of adding a total of 300 hotels worldwide by the end of the
year, reports David Kong, Best Western International executive vice president
of International Operations/acting president and CEO.
Internationally, Best Western added 93 hotels with 5,463 rooms during the same time period. The brand welcomed 31 new members in Australia, including the five-star Best Western Pinnacles Resort & Spa in Airlie Beach, Queensland, featuring 29 fully appointed apartments with one, two and three bedrooms. In Asia, Best Western added 12 new properties, including four in Thailand, three in China, two in Korea and one hotel each in India, Oman and the Philippines. France led the expansion efforts in Europe with 11 new hotels followed by Germany with eight hotels.
"Internationally, Best Western continues to develop strategically and intelligently with Asia, Europe and the South Pacific providing good expansion opportunities for the brand," Kong added.
Best Western is a membership association of independently owned and operated hotels that provides marketing, reservations and operational support to its member hotels.
Director, External Communications
|Also See:||Best Western Expects to Add 160 Hotels Through Conversions (60 percent) and New Construction (40 percent) In North America / February 2004|
|Best Western Names David Kong Executive Vice President, International Operations / June 2004|