Best Western reports third quarter hotel additions

Best Western, the world's largest hotel chain, added 37 hotels in North America and 38 new international hotels in the third fiscal quarter which ended Aug. 31, bringing the brand's total number of hotels worldwide to 4,043.

In North America, Best Western opened 34 hotels in the United States and three hotels in Canada. Third quarter U.S. hotel additions include: Best Western IPG Florida Homes (50 three-to-five bedroom homes), Clermont, Fla.; the Best Western Brooklyn Center Inn (210 rooms), Minneapolis; the Best Western Raleigh North (139 rooms), Raleigh, N.C., and the Best Western Downtown Convention Center (100 rooms), Nashville, Tenn.

In Canada, the hotel chain added the Best Western Sicamous Inn (65 rooms), Sicamous, British Columbia; Best Western Maple Ridge (61 rooms), Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and the Best Western Chateauneuf Laval (70 rooms) in Montreal, Quebec.

Internationally, Best Western has added 38 hotels in 16 countries. Key additions include: the Best Western Sodehotel La Woluwe (126 rooms), Brussels, Belgium; the Best Western Marina Wadi El Dome Resort Hotel (100 rooms), Ain Sokhna -- Suez, Egypt; the Best Western Gatwick Worth (118 rooms), Cramley, England; the Best Western Hotel Hamburg International (121 rooms), Hamburg, Germany; the Best Western Palace Hotel Helios (136 rooms), Siracusa, Italy and the BW Anker Hotel (137 rooms), Oslo, Norway.

'Even in a very sluggish economy, Best Western has remained a strong competitor in the mid-scale segment by flagging new hotels in prime locations', said Anupam Narayan, Best Western interim president and CEO and senior vice president global strategy & CFO. 'Our membership development team has done an outstanding job of attracting both new-build and conversion projects in major metropolitan as well as suburban markets where the brand is under-represented', Narayan added.

Best Western is with more than 4,000 independently owned and operated hotels in over 80 countries and territories. It is a membership association of independently owned and operated hotels that provides marketing, reservations and operational support to its members.