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How a Master Chef Adapted to the Mongolian Market

When French Chef Alain Denis came on board as director of food and beverage at the Best Western Premier Tuushin in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, he knew the job would challenge him in ways he’d never experienced before. Situated 100 meters from the Government Palace in Sukhbaatar Square, the 198-room hotel attracts an international crowd. To appeal to its broad mix...

Despite Challenges, Best Western Expands Presence in China

Despite a growing number of challenges facing the Chinese hotel industry, including increasing costs, high employee turnover, and decreases in ADR and occupancy rates, international hospitality companies still see huge growth potential ahead in China. Major players like Starwood, Hilton, and IHG first entered the country in the 1980s, when almost all hotels operated under management contracts with expat-dominated teams,...

U.S. Travel Execs Forecast Strong Summer Travel Season

NEW YORK—American travelers will hit the road, skies, and seas in larger numbers this summer than last year, according to senior travel executives at the ninth annual Leisure Travel Summit in New York last week. The four summit panelists from Best Western International, U.S. Travel Association, AAA, and Digital DNA Infusion all observed that despite the leisure travel market...

Best Western Introduces Google Wallet Integration

PHOENIX—Best Western International is streamlining the hotel booking process by working with Google to allow guests to pay for their stay using Google Wallet. The brand will integrate Google Wallet within the Android version of its Best Western To Go application and mobile website viewed through a browser on any device, allowing customers to seamlessly complete their reservation through...

Sri Lanka Development Highlights Asian Growth for Best Western

BANGKOK—Best Western International is embarking on a major expansion strategy in one of Asia’s most exciting emerging markets—Sri Lanka. This year, the company will plant its flag in Sri Lanka for the first time in its 68-year history. Best Western International and local company Elyon Hotels have signed a development partnership to develop the Best Western brand across the...