BEST WESTERN® HOTELS & RESORTS’ DOROTHY DOWLING WINS BRONZE IN 2019 STEVIE® AWARDS FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Dowling’s Remarkable Achievements in Sales and Marketing Honored at Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Phoenix, Arizona (November 19, 2019) – Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Dorothy Dowling, has been named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Woman of the Year - Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Category in the 16th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run– worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized with this award,” said Dowling. “I truly believe that by hiring the right boss and cultivating the right team, anything is possible in a career. I am fortunate to have the strength of my team at Best Western Hotels & Resorts behind me and am excited to see what the future holds.”

Dowling is a seasoned hospitality industry executive who is a leader, change-maker, innovator and trusted colleague in the marketing landscape. Leading all marketing and sales strategies for Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Dowling oversees the brand’s loyalty program, consumer and field marketing activities, advertising, public relations and e-commerce. Since joining Best Western Hotels & Resorts in 2004, Dowling has implemented a number of measures to increase market share and contemporize the iconic brand.

“It has been a privilege to work alongside Dorothy over the last 15 years,” said David Kong, President and Chief Executive Officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “With an innovative and strategic mind, Dorothy has played an integral role in increasing market share and contemporizing the iconic Best Western brand.”

The accolade comes on the heels of Dowling being named a “Top 40 Women in Travel” in 2019 by WINiT by GBTA – a network focused on the advancement of women professionals in the industry. Previously Dowling has been honored with numerous awards including the prestigious “Allied Member of the Year” award at the GBTA convention in 2018 for her valued stewardship in the business travel industry. In 2017, Dowling was named as one of Hotel Management magazine's "30 Influential Women in Hospitality,” for her trailblazing leadership, and she was named the 18th most influential Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) in the world in the Forbes/ScribbleLive/LinkedIn’s 4th Annual CMO Influence Study in 2015. Additionally, she was among HSMAI’s Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing two times; and in 2014, was inducted into the Direct Marketing News Marketing Hall of Femme.

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at StevieAwards.com/Women.

About Best Western® Hotels & Resorts:

Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 17 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through recent acquisition, WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite and WorldHotels Distinctive brands are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay StudioSM franchises**. For more information visit bestwestern.com or bestwesterndevelopers.com.

* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.

**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.