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Best Western Introduces Business Plus Program

3/18/2009

BEST WESTERN INTRODUCES BUSINESS PROGRAM TO BETTER SERVE CORPORATE TRAVELERS

Best Western Business Plus® Provides Amenities and Services to Make “Office Away From Home” Comfortable,Productive and Affordable

PHOENIX (March 18, 2009) – Best Western is helping its business traveler guests remain productive and maximize their travel budgets by offering business amenities and specialized services at more than 500 Best Western hotels in North America. Best Western Business Plus is designed to ensure a consistent Best Western experience for corporate guests at every participating Business Plus property in the U.S. and Canada.

Features of Best Western Business Plus properties include:

•Breakfast
•Express check-out
•Special corporate rates
•Free weekday newspaper
•Free Business Center Access
•A recognition gift to qualified business travelers
•Free high-speed Internet access (both in-room and in all public spaces)
•Free long distance access
•Free local calls under 30 minutes
•In-room coffee/tea makers
•Irons and ironing boards in every room

“Each participating hotel delivers the consistent experience business travelers demand, while providing the comfort and amenities they expect from a Best Western,” said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “We’re committed to enabling corporate travel managers to book Best Western with confidence, and to easing the strain on road warriors of being away from home and family.”

Participating Best Western Business Plus hotels are identified on www.bestwestern.com with a special icon.

The introduction of Best Western Business Plus comes at an important time, as the recession strains business travelers’ wallets. Chris McGinnis, Best Western’s business travel expert and a contributor to youmustbetrippin.com, said the program provides a real value that will go a long way toward impacting the bottom line.

“In the current environment, business travelers want simplicity and no surprises,” he said. “With the Business Plus program, they’ll always receive the business essentials without being hit with extra hidden fees upon check out.”

ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL
Best Western International is THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN®, providing marketing, reservations and operational support to over 4,000* independently owned and operated member hotels in 80* countries and territories worldwide. An industry pioneer since 1946, Best Western has grown into an iconic brand that hosts 400,000* worldwide guests each night. Best Western's diverse property portfolio, its greatest strength, stems from a business model designed to give owners maximum flexibility to address market-specific needs. Equally committed to the business and leisure traveler, Best Western recently embarked on a five-year mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. Since 2004, Best Western has served as the Official Hotel of NASCAR®. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.bestwestern.com.

*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.