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Eérste Dreamliner geland op Rotterdam The Hague Airport

Rotterdam, 1 februari 2017 - Op dinsdagochtend 31 januari 2017 is de eerste Dreamliner geland op de luchthaven Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Belangstellenden konden die ochtend een kijkje nemen in de nieuwe Dreamliner welke ruimte biedt aan maximaal 500 personen.

Welkom aan boord!
De Dreamliner beschikt over een aangename ambiance door de toepassing van pilaren. De gehele ruimte is geluidsdicht en biedt free WiFi aan boord. Zon- en daglichtinval leveren een belangrijke bijdrage aan de beleving van de binnenruimte welke uitermate geschikt is voor meetings, presentaties, borrels, bijeenkomsten en partijen. De Dreamliner beschikt over een complete AV-inrichting, bestaande uit schermen, geluidsinstallatie, microfoon, pointer en optioneel podium. De ruimte kan worden ingedeeld in verschillende opstellingen, te weten: School, Carre, U-vorm, Theater, Receptie, Diner, Blok en Cabaret. De Dreamliner is gelegen op de tweede verdieping van Worldhotel Wings en is op 31 januari jl. in gebruik genomen tijdens een speciaal georganiseerde Health Challenge. Genodigden konden die ochtend deelnemen aan een ontspannen yogasessie, gevolgd door een uitgebreid Healthy Breakfast Buffet om de dag vol nieuwe energie te starten.

Uitbreiding bestaande vloot

“Met de toevoeging van de Dreamliner aan onze vloot, kunnen we nog beter voorzien in de wensen en behoeften van onze gasten. Naast de bestaande vergaderruimtes en boardrooms in verschillende thema’s, de evenementenhal/hangar van 900 m2 en het auditorium, kunnen we nu met extra 494 m² uitgebreid inspelen op beschikbare capaciteit voor grote evenementen in de Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag. We zien de vraag naar de organisatie van grote evenementen in onze regio steeds meer toennemen”, vertelt Berry Gerretsen, directeur Worldhotel Wings enthousiast.

Worldhotel Wings voorziet de moderne reiziger van alle gemakken. “We blijven innoveren om te komen tot betere prestaties die voorzien in de behoeften van onze gasten, waarbij ruimte is voor individuele wensen. Met een team van ruim 80 medewerkers zetten we ons dag en nacht in. Worldhotel Wings laat niets aan het toeval over en verzorgt alles tot in de puntjes. We give your unique needs Wings”, aldus Berry Gerretsen.

Best Westerns ‘White label’ franchise to surge in 2017
januari 25, 2017
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BW announces robust pipeline for SureStay hotels

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (January 24, 2017) - Best Western® Hotels & Resorts is advancing its position as an innovative leader in the hospitality industry, as its revolutionary new ‘white label’ franchise model – SureStay Hotel Group℠ – gains significant momentum only a few months after being introduced into the marketplace. The brand has approved 30 hotels in North America and one in Bangkok, Thailand and is projecting to open 100 hotels by the end of 2017. With significant interest in the brand in North America and around the world, particularly in Europe, SureStay Hotel Group is among the fastest growing hotel brands in the industry.

Announced in late 2016, SureStay Hotel Group operates as a separate subsidiary while plugging hotel owners into Best Western’s comprehensive infrastructure and distribution channels. The white label approach allows Best Western to leverage its existing framework to create a new revenue stream and tap into the vast opportunities in the economy space without compromising the company’s established position in its current markets.

“We are thrilled with the enthusiastic response we are receiving from hoteliers interested in opening a SureStay hotel,” said David Kong, President and Chief Executive Officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “The introduction of SureStay has not only brought an innovative solution to franchisees in the economy and midscale segments, but with Best Western as its backbone and driving force, SureStay will play an integral role in shaping the future of hospitality.”

Powered by Best Western Hotels & Resorts, SureStay Hotel Group has brought many firsts for the brand – as it was the first time Best Western entered into a franchise structure; the first time Best Western tapped into the economy segment; and most notably, it was the first ever white label hotel brand introduced into the marketplace.

Under the SureStay umbrella, there are three distinctive brands – SureStay, SureStay Plus℠, and SureStay Signature Collection℠. With the support of Best Western and access to award-winning resources, SureStay enables its franchisees to optimize their return on investment (ROI). With a commitment to quality customer service, guests are assured of a comfortable and pleasant stay at any of the SureStay branded hotels across the country.

Go.Get.Rewarded with new perks from Best Western hotels & resorts’ loyalty program

Award-Winning Best Western Rewards Features New Benefits for 2017, Innovative Digital Membership Card and More

PHOENIX, Ariz. (January 24, 2017) – Best Western® Hotels & Resorts is now offering more Best Western Rewards® (BWR®) benefits than ever before and has introduced a unique new digital membership card, giving guests simplified access to their membership number, point balance, current tier level and exclusive deals and offers. These added enhancements, coupled with the lowest free night redemption threshold in the industry, let travelers maximize their stays across all seven Best Western brands.

“Best Western continues to enhance its BWR offerings in order to provide customers with one of the best loyalty programs in the industry,” said Dorothy Dowling, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “Similar to our brand refresh in 2015 and website revamp in 2016, we’ve taken an award-winning product and made it even better. We listened to the voice of our customers and, in response, our revamped BWR program delivers easily redeemable rewards, a new digital membership card for ease and convenience, and exceptional discounts, perks and promotions that are unrivalled.”

Top-Ranked, Rich Rewards
Best Western Rewards is the only loyalty program in the industry where points never expire and BWR members have access to the richest promotions in the industry. Reward redemption begins at a lower point level requirement relative to industry competitors, and free nights earned can be redeemed at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide, with no blackout dates. Additionally, members have access to special rates – up to 10% off on every night and free night redemptions count toward attaining elite tiers. Finally, members are able to earn gift cards from some of the most popular shopping, entertainment, gas, and airline partners.

Instant Enrollment, Instant Rewards
As part of Best Western Rewards refresh, members are given instant rewards and gratification on every stay. Additionally, the Status Match…No Catch® program allows members to instantly have their status matched with other hotel loyalty programs upon enrollment.

Elite Members, Elite Rewards
In addition to enjoying the perks and benefits of BWR, our elite members also receive elite rewards. Upon arrival elite members are given a choice of a “Thank You” gift or bonus points. Additionally, they receive a 10% discount for all free night redemptions. Finally, Best Western hotels provide guaranteed free nights for Diamond and Diamond select members at properties with availability.

Travelers looking to sign up for BWR can do so by visiting bestwestern.com/rewards. In addition to the new benefits now being offered, BWR members can acquire instant rewards, receiving a $10 Travel Card during each Winter and Spring visit to a Best Western Hotels & Resorts property. This can be redeemed in addition to their earned BWR points.

“Guests should be rewarded for their brand loyalty, and we’re seeking to build on the momentum that our program achieved in 2016,” said Dowling. “We know that we are providing some of the best loyalty program offerings in the industry and believe that 2017 will be our most successful year yet.”

For more information on Best Western Rewards, visit bestwestern.com/rewards.

Worldhotels brings world luxury to Europe

A CURATED SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT HOTELS

Worldhotels will unveil World Luxury, a hand selected collection of independent hotels at International Luxury and Travel Market (ILTM) 2016 (Cannes, 5 – 8 December).

World Luxury hotels undergo a 750-point quality assessment that includes an ‘emotional’ audit designed by LRA by Deloitte. The first of its kind in the luxury travel industry, this tailored audit focuses on elements that transcend the typical mystery shop, emphasising the guests’ emotions following their stay. World Luxury membership hotels must be part of the Virtuoso network and/or Fine Hotels & Resorts.

The Anam Villas along Cam Ranh Beach in Nha Trang, Vietnam is the newest member of the World Luxury collection, combining the beauty and heritage of the Indochine era with a colonial look and feel, found across each of the property’s 117 villas. Joining the line-up of World Luxury hotels is the landmark White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou, China - which has received various heads of state including Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and former President George Bush senior of the United States; Amatara Wellness Resort in Phuket, Thailand - a haven of wellness and tranquillity and one of the only destinations in Asia offering an authentic Thai Hammam; Amilla Fushi - set in the tropical paradise of the Maldives and located in one of the Indian Ocean’s 26 natural atolls; Sunset Marquis Hotel – situated on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, United States, the property has long been heralded as a home-away-from-home for avant garde fashion designers, rock legends and supermodels; Upper House in Gothenburg, Sweden – a stunning example of Nordic beauty – can be found on the top floors high above the already established Gothia Towers, Northern Europe’s largest hotel and conference facility.

“We are immensely proud that each of our World Luxury hotels is capable of providing guests with a distinctly contrasting yet authentic travel experience,” says Markus Mueller Vice-President, Global Sales of Worldhotels. “We are delighted to introduce this specially curated group of extraordinary hotels to Europe at ILTM 2016.”

For further information on joining World Luxury or to interview Mr Mueller at ILTM, please see https://www.worldhotels.com/inspiration/luxury-hotels or contact sneubauer@worldhotels.com.

Aanbieding voor NATM leden – Grand Winston
januari 28, 2016
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Photos of the World Hotel Grand WInston in Rijswijk, Netherlands by Elan Fleisher / elanhotelpix.com
‘Mind the Gap’ hotel onderhandelingen cruciaal volgens HRG

Volgens de bevindingen van het laatste hotel onderzoek van HRG is meer controle over zakelijke hotel programma's in een steeds complexere en meer gefragmenteerde markt cruciaal.

Gemiddelde kamerprijzen zijn ook in 2015 verder gestegen en worden gedreven door de groei van "megasteden": regionale en nationale trends worden steeds minder belangrijk en als het ware vervangen door de economische en industriële ontwikkeling van individuele steden.

Margaret Bowler, directeur Global Hotel Relaties licht toe: "Uit HRG’s Hotel onderzoek in 2015 bleek hoe belangrijk het voor klanten is om een stevige grip op hun hotelprogramma te hebben. Zoals we vorig jaar al zeiden is hierin de balans tussen prijs, locatie, kwaliteit en beschikbaarheid van cruciaal belang en zullen deze factoren de markt verder bepalen. Door voortdurend de zakelijke hotelprogramma’s van onze klanten te herzien, kunnen zij de controle en naleving verbeteren en tegelijkertijd ervoor zorgen dat het programma flexibel blijft en aanpasbaar aan complexe, veranderende en gefragmenteerde marktomstandigheden.”

"Klanten moeten het 'Mind the gap'- principe in hun onderhandelingen handhaven zodat ze het juiste hotel, op de juiste locatie, tegen de juiste prijs krijgen. Bedrijven moeten hun inspanningen richten op het sturen van business naar preferente hotels, niet alleen naar preferente hotelketens. Door aan te sturen op naleving van een beleid, het vastleggen van gegevens en benchmarking tegen de gemiddelde tarieven van de stad, zijn klanten in een betere positie om hun beleid te fine-tunen en zo de beste resultaten uit hun hotel-programma te halen."

Best Western® Hotels & Resorts receives award ’Best Hotel Chain Loyalty Program’
januari 27, 2016
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Best Western® Hotels & Resorts is proud to receive the prestigious award for “Best Hotel Chain Loyalty Program" as nominated at the Business Traveller Russia and CIS Awards Ceremony. The very first Business Traveller Awards Ceremony was held almost 30 years ago, and since then every year only the best hotels, airlines and car rental companies have been recognized. This year Moscow was the proud host of the event for the first time, in previous years the ceremony was held in the UK, USA, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Germany and Poland.

Award nominees included other well-known international brands, as well as regional companies from Russia, the CIS and neighboring countries.Business Traveller Awards is an annual international award that recognizes extraordinary achievements and innovations in business travel industry entirely on the basis of readers’ votes. Throughout its existence, Business Traveller Awards has won the reputation of a highly recognized award.

Best Western Rewards, the brand’s award-winning loyalty program, boasts more than 27 million members. It is one of the few such programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. Best Western Rewards has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and J.D. Power & Associates as one of the top three hotel loyalty programs.

"It’s extremely important to for us to receive the award particularly for this nomination” commented Suzi Yoder, Senior Vice President of Best Western® Hotels & Resorts. "This proves once again that our loyalty program works extremely well everywhere in the world including Russia and the CIS. Our loyalty club members in the CIS really appreciate some of the partners we have in this part of the world such as Aeroflot, Eldorado, Red Cube, online retailer Ozon.ru and many others".

This year was especially eventful for Best Western, as it is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, with the introduction of a new family of logos with an updated and contemporary look. The new logos give each of Best Western’s diverse offerings its own identity and signal the company’s readiness to embrace the future.

 

Best Western Rewards is also taking on a new look and becoming truly global. The loyalty program is one of the most generous rewards programs in the industry, adding a new way of offering unique benefits to participants and points to the non-expiring, free nights around the world without blackout dates, gift certificates and the shortest way to the privileges. To date, Best Western Rewards® operates in more than 4,100 hotels in more than 100 countries and regions around the world.

Best Western Continues Impressive Expansion into East Africa
januari 27, 2016
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Best Western’s BW Premier Collection, The Alba, Nairobi, Kenya

KIGALI, Rwanda, October 6, 2016/APO/ -- Best Western® Hotels & Resorts adds another hotel to its East African portfolio. The newest addition is BW Premier Collection The Alba, located in Nairobi, Kenya. Centrally located, with easy access to businesses, offices, banks, shopping and tourist attractions, it is the ideal place to stay in Nairobi for either business or pleasure.

The new construction property, set to open in Q3 2017, features 83 carefully designed rooms all featuring a selection of modern amenities including flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel also offers secure underground parking. The Urban Grillroom provides an iconic restaurant with a compelling East African twist, drawing on reimagined Nyama Choma cooking in an urban, upscale setting. The Lobby Bar and Lounge is the perfect setting to enjoy a coffee while overlooking the hotels garden. Sky Bar Latino, a vibrant roof top bar infused with Latin passion offers spectacular cocktails together with a signature sushi and ceviche counter. The health club includes a fully equipped gym, treatment rooms and a roof-top spa. The landscaped garden, overlooking the terrace, contains a lap pool for hotel guests.

Managing Director of Alba Hotels, Juliet Njogu commented, “having met with the Best Western Hotels & Resorts representatives during the Africa Hotel Investment forum in 2014 and 2015, we felt that BW Premier Collection was the right opportunity for us and we are proud to be the first BW Premier Collection hotel in Africa”. The hotel complex also includes state of the art conference facilities with capacity for up to 100 delegates and a pre-function space.

Best Western recently introduced, BW Premier Collection, a global collection of carefully selected upscale and luxury hotels that retain their individual identities. BW Premier Collection continues Best Western hotels and Resorts’ rich history of providing guests with unique and local hotel experiences around the world.

"BW Premier Collection is a new introduction to our brand, which offers an exceptional and unique travel experience to guests. With the addition of this property to our existing hotels, and additional property due to open this year, we are delighted with our portfolio of hotels in Kenya. I am thrilled that our hotels in East Africa continue to go from strength to strength” said Suzi Yoder, Senior Vice President of International Operations, Best Western Hotels & Resorts.

Grand Winston heeft een nieuwe eigenaar en wordt Best Western Plus Grand Winston
januari 26, 2016
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Photos of the World Hotel Grand WInston in Rijswijk, Netherlands by Elan Fleisher / elanhotelpix.com

Amersfoort, 18 augustus 2016 – Het Grand Winston Hotel in Rijswijk is per direct overgenomen door PLAZA Hotelgroup GmbH en aangesloten bij Best Western® Hotels & Resorts.
De nieuwe naam van het hotel is Best Western Plus Grand Winston.

Het hotel, beter bekend als Worldhotel Grand Winston, is in juli failliet verklaard. PLAZA Hotelgroup en Best Western Hotels & Resorts zijn blij het hotel een nieuwe toekomst te kunnen bieden.
Bijna alle medewerkers zijn in dienst gekomen van de nieuwe eigenaar.

De familie Yalaz, oprichter van de PLAZA Hotelgroup, is de nieuwe eigenaar van het hotel. PLAZA is eigenaar van 19 Best Western hotels met meer dan 2.500 kamers in Duitsland, Oostenrijk,
Tsjechië en Nederland en zij brengt daarmee een rijke ervaring in de hotelindustrie met zich mee om van het Best Western Plus Grand Winston een succes te maken.

“Voor de komende maanden staan er een aantal grote renovaties op de planning om de algehele kwaliteit van het hotel verder te verbeteren” zegt Yonca Yalaz, managing director van de PLAZA Hotelgroup. “Alle bedden van de ruim 252 hotelkamers worden vervangen door nieuwe, comfortabele bedden om onze gasten een aangename en goede nachtrust te bieden. Daarnaast wordt het meubilair aangepast en worden de badkamers gerenoveerd om het comfort van de kamers op het PLAZA en Best Western kwaliteitsniveau te krijgen.”

Alle 252 comfortabele hotelkamers van Best Western Plus Grand Winston bieden gratis internet, air conditioning, koffie- en theefaciliteiten, een badkamer met massage-douche, kluisje, koelkastje en televisie. Het hotel biedt tevens zeven junior suites en een kamer voor mindervaliden. Gasten die meerdere nachten verblijven kunnen gebruik maken van één van de zes apartment suites, welke voorzien zijn van een kitchenette.

Het hotel biedt verder zes vergaderzalen met state-of-the-art faciliteiten (geschikt voor groepen tot 250 personen), een fitness centre, eigen parkeerplaatsen, ontbijtrestaurant en een modern restaurant The Grand Canteen waar gebruik kan worden gemaakt van lunch en diner. “Met alweer het derde nieuwe hotel voor Best Western dit jaar, liggen we op koers met onze plannen. Door de grote distributiekracht van ons hotelmerk en de ruim 28 miljoen leden van ons loyaliteitsprogramma Best Western Rewards zijn wij er samen met de PLAZA Hotelgroup van overtuigd dat er weer een glansrijke toekomst is voor het Grand Winston. Gezamenlijke investeringen in gastbeleving en commercie zullen een stevige fundering leggen voor een succesvolle toekomst voor het hotel.” zegt Wytze van den Berg, Managing Director België & Nederland, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts.

Hilton heet u welkom
september 1, 2015
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