BEST WESTERN® HOTELS & RESORTS CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING OF GLō MCCOOK
Contemporary, Energetic Boutique Brand Arrives Just Outside Chicago, Illinois
Phoenix, AZ (November 29, 2018) – Best Western® Hotels & Resorts celebrated the arrival of its modern and energetic boutique brand, GLō®, with a groundbreaking ceremony in McCook, Illinois. Local dignitaries including Cook County Commissioner and McCook Mayor Jeff Tobolski and members of the local media enjoyed a champagne toast and remarks from Best Western President and CEO, David Kong in celebration of the groundbreaking by Manoj Mahapatra, hotel owner and President of Veer Laxmi Inc.
“Best Western has a storied 70-plus-year legacy and over the last few years, we have successfully embarked upon a momentous transformation, earning a reputation as one of the most innovative companies in the hotel industry,” said David Kong, President and CEO of Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “GLō is an essential part of our evolution, combining the trusted service of Best Western with the contemporary design of a fresh new product. We are excited to celebrate the arrival of GLō in McCook, Illinois.”
The GLō McCook will be designed with today’s connected traveler in mind. When it opens in 2020, the hotel will be a welcome addition to the Chicago suburb with 76 guestrooms and a vast array of amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, conference center, a large breakfast area and an indoor pool. Ideally located just north of Interstate 55, the property is minutes from the Chicago Midway Airport, the city’s largest zoo and downtown Chicago. McCook, which is nestled in the nation’s second largest county, is also home to many corporate and industrial businesses, making the hotel an ideal location for business and leisure travelers alike.
“We’re incredibly excited to introduce GLō to McCook, as we believe the concept is a unique offering to the Chicago area,” said Manoj Mahapatra, President of Veer Laxmi Inc. “We look forward to providing outstanding service and amenities to travelers seeking a fresh alternative when visiting McCook.”
About Best Western® Hotels & Resorts:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of over 4,200 hotels in nearly 100 countries and territories worldwide‡. Best Western offers 13 hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market: Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Vīb®, GLō®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Sadie HotelSM, Aiden HotelSM, BW Premier Collection® by Best Western, and BW Signature Collection® by Best Western, as well as its recently launched franchise offerings: SureStay® Hotel by Best Western, SureStay Plus® Hotel by Best Western and SureStay Collection® by Best Western**. Now celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and award-winning online and mobile booking capabilities. Best Western continues to set industry records regarding awards and accolades, including 66 percent of the brand’s North American hotels earning a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award in 2018, Business Travel News® ranking Best Western Plus and Best Western number one in upper-mid-price and mid-price hotel brands respectively for two consecutive years, and Fast Company honoring Best Western Hotels & Resorts with a spot in the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality category. Best Western has also won 10 consecutive AAA®/CAA® Lodging Partner of the Year awards, recognizing the brand’s commitment to providing exceptional service and great value to AAA/CAA’s nearly 60 million members in the U.S. and Canada. Best Western-branded hotels were top ranked in breakfast (food and beverage category) by J.D. Power’s 2018 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study – ranking first for midscale; and second for upper midscale. Over 37 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western-branded hotel worldwide. Best Western’s partnerships with AAA/CAA and Google® Street View provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Through its partnership with Google Street View, Best Western is the first major company of its size and scale to launch a virtual reality experience for customers, setting a new industry standard and reinventing how guests view hotels.
‡ Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.