Best Western Rewards Members Can Donate Points for Tornado Relief Efforts in Southeast U.S.

Donations Will Be Provided to Best Western's Official Charity Partner World Vision

May 03, 2011, 18:17 ET from Best Western International, Inc.

PHOENIX, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of Best Western Rewards®, the hotel chain's global frequent-stay program, can now donate their Rewards points to tornado and storm relief and recovery efforts underway in the Southern United States. Best Western Rewards members should visit to make a donation of 4,000 points, equaling $15, or more to World Vision, Best Western's official charity partner.


"Our hoteliers are active and caring members of their local communities. We as a global brand are committed to leveraging the power of our Rewards program to assist in clean up, healing and rebuilding efforts in these devastated areas of our country," said David Kong, president and CEO of Best Western International. "Our regional teams are currently on the ground working with hoteliers to care for their guests, their staff and their livelihoods."

Best Western has more than 2,000 hotels in North America. Physical damage has been reported at more than a dozen Best Western hotels in affected areas.  There have been no reports of guest or employee injuries at the chain's affected hotels.  


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*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.


Troy Rutman

Meghan Lee

Best Western International

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(602) 957-5668


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