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BW to Open First Hotel in Maldives in September

6/8/2009

Best Western to Open First Hotel in Maldives in September

Bangkok (June 8, 2009) – Best Western International’s strategic expansion across Asia and the Middle East will reach a new milestone in September 2009: the opening of its first property in the Maldives, the extensively rebranded Best Western Madoogali Resort and Spa.

“The Maldives falls into the elite club of the world’s top ten most desirable destinations and it is a great thrill for Best Western to finally enter this highly attractive market,” said Glenn de Souza, Best Western International’s Vice President Operations – Asia.

Best Western Madoogali Resort and Spa is located on its own island, North Ari Atoll, 48 miles west of the Maldives’ capital of Male. The hotel features 56 palm-thatched chalets, designed to blend in naturally with the surrounding environment. Each luxurious chalet has a veranda facing the sea and is furnished and decorated in a modern tropical style that captures the essence of the island country.

Besides the view, key attractions include a restaurant, a spa, a dive center and numerous water sport activities, including windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing, catamarans and pedalòs. Best Western International’s Bhuvana Spa therapies will complement the guest experience.

Previously running on an average occupancy of 78 percent, Best Western is confident of sharply raising this figure, based on the property’s design, international service standards and powerful global marketing network.

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 mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. World Vision is the charity of choice for Best Western in building the world's largest family, as our hotels and staff sponsor children in need around the globe. 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.