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BW and AAA To Award The 'Ultimate Road Trip'

4/8/2008

START YOUR ENGINES!
BEST WESTERN AND AAA TO AWARD THE `ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP’

Grand prize includes a nine-day trip from Michigan to North Carolina; theme parks and race shop tours

PHOENIX (April 8, 2008) - Best Western International and AAA are dropping the green flag on the race to win the "Ultimate Road Trip" this summer, with one grand prize winner driving a street-legal version of the #99 Best Western Toyota Camry from Michigan International Speedway to Raceworld USA in North Carolina.

Along the 1,138-mile, nine-day journey, the winner will make pit stops at some of the nation's top attractions, theme parks and Best Western hotels. The trip concludes with a visit to Raceworld USA and tours of the Michael Waltrip Racing and Roush Fenway Racing shops near Charlotte, N.C.

Now through June 13, race fans can enter for a chance to win by visiting bestwestern.com/aaaroadtrip or aaa.com/motorsports. The winner's "Ultimate Road Trip" will begin on Aug. 17 at Michigan International Speedway and conclude Aug. 25 in Charlotte. The winner will also receive airline tickets for two and a pre-paid fuel card. The Camry that is provided for the trip will also be equipped with a Magellan GPS navigation device including AAA Approved points-of-interest such as attractions and over 60,000 Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants.

AAA - Best Western "Ultimate Road Trip" Itinerary

Sun., Aug. 17 (59.4 miles) - Attend Sprint Cup Series race in Brooklyn, Mich. Following the race, drive south to Napoleon, Ohio; overnight stay at the Best Western Napoleon Inn & Suites in Napoleon, Ohio.

Mon., Aug. 18 (176.6 miles) - Napoleon, Ohio to Kings Mills (Cincinnati), Ohio. Visit Kings Island theme park; overnight stay at the Best Western Mariemont Inn in Cincinnati.

Tues., Aug. 19 (123.1 miles) - Kings Mills, Ohio to Louisville, Ky. Visit Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom theme park; overnight stay at the Best Western Green Tree Inn in Clarksville, Ind.

Wed., Aug. 20 (92.4 miles) - Clarksville, Ind. to Lexington, Ky. Visit Kentucky Horse Park; overnight stay at the Best Western Parkside Inn in Frankfort, Ky.

Thurs., Aug. 21 (46.0 miles) - In Lexington area, visit the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky.; overnight stay at the Best Western Parkside Inn.

Fri., Aug. 22 (312.7 miles) - Lexington, Ky. to Boone, N.C. Stop en route at Cumberland Gap National Park in Kentucky; overnight stay at the Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza in Boone, N.C.

Sat., Aug. 23 (118.9 miles) - Special event in Bristol, Tenn. Overnight stay at the Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza

Sun., Aug. 24 (110.5 miles) – Boone, N.C. to Charlotte, N.C. Visit Carowinds theme park; overnight stay at the Best Western Crown Suites in Pineville, N.C.

Mon., Aug. 25 (44.7 miles) - Visit the race shops in Concord and Cornelius, N.C.; depart via Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

“Everyone at Michael Waltrip Racing is excited to host the winner in Charlotte, and I’m looking forward to talking with the winner on my weekly national radio show about the ultimate road trip,” said two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, a long-time spokesman for Best Western.

“As the nation’s leading expert in drive vacations, AAA is thrilled to offer this prize package to our members and motorists everywhere,” said Mark Brown, AAA executive vice president of association services. “In addition to our well-known TripTik® Travel Planner and TourBook® guide information available in print and online via AAA.com, the prize also highlights the outstanding savings and other benefits available to members at our Show Your Card & Save® partners nationwide. This once-in-a-lifetime sweepstakes prize lets the winner enjoy the open road and take advantage of AAA’s travel partnerships, trip-planning assistance and new technologies to make the most of their summer travels.”

Entrants can elect to be enrolled at no cost in Best Western’s/AAA’s Gold Crown Club International (GCCI) reward program. For more information on the “Ultimate Road Trip,” visit bestwestern.com/aaaroadtrip or aaa.com/motorsports.

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.

ABOUT AAA
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 51 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. AAA’s 51 million members account for 36 percent of all U.S. lodging reservations, spending $38 billion annually on U.S. hotel stays. AAA’s print and online travel information database includes some 32,000 AAA Approved and Diamond rated lodgings.

AAA’s Show Your Card & Save® program has more than 160,000 locations worldwide and is the largest member discount program in the world.