Ah yes! We’re happy to have Best Western on board as one of our lodging supporters for our “Fabric of America” tour this summer. They will be covering a couple of nights as we explore how America ticks.
In case you haven’t read about our tour: You can read about it here, read about sponsorships here, and support our project yourself right here.
This is an introductory post about Best Western. We will be reviewing the properties we stay in throughout our journey, which wouldn’t be possible without them (and you).
I have fond memories of staying in Best Western hotels as a child and as an adult throughout quite a few of my travels. The one thing that has always piqued my interest is how different all of the properties are. There only seem to be certain things that are the same, and nearly every hotel has its own name.
Interesting is why it’s this way. Given the influx of marketing and large hotel brands these days, you probably aren’t aware that Best Western is actually the world’s largest hotel chain. Because of the way each hotel is set up, you might have never realized this.
In fact, Best Western operates as a non-profit membership association. Each individual hotel is independently owned and operated, making each one a small-business franchise.
Pretty cool, right? That’s why each hotel has its own name, its own unique style, and its own overall identity. While there are certain standards that each hotel must maintain per its membership agreement, owners are free to uniquely style a property themselves.
They have more than 2,200 properties in the U.S. alone, and operate in more than 100 countries. This is why you’ll see a unique property in the mountains of Colorado, one in an historic nook on the back streets of Paris, or a luxurious icon in the Middle East.
While Best Western is supporting us for a couple of nights while we’re on the road, you too can get money toward a stay this summer and autumn by completing three separate stays at Best Western hotels. This will get you a $50 USD Best Western Travel Card, good until November 1, 2013.
We must thank Best Western for helping make our “Fabric of America” tour a reality. Stay tuned for more as we hit the back roads of America, and visit www.bestwestern.com/jump to get in on their above promotion. See you on the road!
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Have you ever stayed at a Best Western? Any thoughts on their unique company makeup? Let us know what’s on your mind in the comments!