Best Western International Inc. is THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN®,
with 4,000* independently owned and operated hotels. Based in Phoenix,
Ariz., Best Western employs 1,190 people and offers more than 309,390
quality guest rooms located in 80* countries and territories throughout
HISTORY OF HOSPITALITY EXCELLENCE
Best Western was founded in 1946 by M.K. Guertin, a California-based
hotelier with 23 years of experience in the lodging industry. Best
Western International began as an informal referral system among member
hotels. By 1963, Best Western was the largest chain in the industry,
with 699 member hotels and 35,201 rooms. In 1964, when Canadian hotel
owners joined the system, Best Western took the first step toward global
expansion. Best Western entered Mexico, Australia and New Zealand in
1976, further establishing its international presence.
AFFILIATIONS AROUND THE WORLD
At the end of the 2009 fiscal year, Best Western had 2,228 hotels in North America.
Best Western has 19 international affiliate offices and
property-direct relationships with another six regions. Recently, Best
Western welcomed the new countries and territories of Malaysia and
Suriname. Best Western International provides reservation and brand
identity services for all of its 4,000* hotels worldwide.
Best Western also handles reservations through its website at www.bestwestern.com®.
Special site features include hotel comparisons, ability to add
reservations to your calendar, virtual tours of each property in the
U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean, hotel fact sheets for easy printing,
travel planning section complete with customizable maps, and much more.
In August of 2008, Best Western launched its own travel blog named
YouMustBeTrippin.com. Visitors are able to view and share content on
destinations, things to do, travel tips, business travel and more.
On average, bestwestern.com has been booking more than $1 million in revenue per day for the hotel chain since January 2005.