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Best Western Asia Joins World Vision

7/29/2009

Best Western Asia joins World Vision in support of underprivileged children

BANGKOK (July 29, 2009) Best Western International Asia’s headquarters has entered into an agreement with World Vision, the leading global relief organization, to use its extensive hotel network throughout Asia to raise funds to improve the lives of underprivileged children.

Entitled “Best Western Bringing Smiles to our Children,” the campaign is the latest addition to Best Western International’s Best Western for a Better World program.

Under the agreement, signed on July 28, 2009, guests at Best Western hotels at 43 locations throughout Asia will be voluntarily donating $1 USD of their bill upon check out to World Vision. Funds will be targeted to programs that raise the standard of living for underprivileged children. In the first year, priority will be placed on underprivileged areas in Thailand with other Asian countries to follow. Best Western International - Asia Head Office in Bangkok plans to contribute a donation directly to World Vision Thailand on completion of the program’s first year. The first phase of this program will run from August 1, 2009 to January 31, 2010.

“Thanks to our vast Best Western Asia network, we are in a unique position to contribute substantial funds that will significantly impact the lives of underprivileged children for the better by equipping the communities with such necessities as food, water, education and health care,” said Glenn de Souza, Vice President International Operations – Asia, Best Western International.

Other Best Western offices, including North America and Australia / New Zealand, have partnered with World Vision on child sponsorship programs. To learn more about North America’s program, visit www.worldvision.org/bestwesterncares.

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. 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.

ABOUT WORLD VISION
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit: www.wvi.org