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BW Ends Agreement With New Zealand

2/21/2007

BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL ENDS ITS AGREEMENT
WITH MOTEL FEDERATION OF NEW ZEALAND

PHOENIX (February 21, 2007) Best Western International, Inc. and Motel Federation of New Zealand a.k.a. Best Western New Zealand have mutually agreed to end their affiliation.

“Our decision to separate from Best Western was mutual,” said James Shearer CEO Best Western New Zealand. “Moving forward, we are looking at several scenarios to best serve our hotel owners and guests,” added Shearer.

“After several amicable discussions with our New Zealand Affiliate, it became apparent that our branding and development initiatives were not strategically aligned,” said Suzi MacDonald-Yoder, vice president, International Operations, Best Western International. “We wish the New Zealand hotel owners all the best in their future endeavors, and look forward to continuing to build our brand relationships with our other Best Western hotel members along the Pacific Rim.”

Best Western currently has 213 hotels in Australia and another 40 hotels throughout Southeast Asia. An additional 20 hotels are under development in the region.

ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL
Best Western International is THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN®, providing marketing, reservations and operational support to 4,200* independently owned and operated member hotels in 80* countries and territories worldwide.

*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate