September 29, 2016 7:34 AM ET

Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure

Company Overview of Best Western International, Inc.

Company Overview

Best Western International, Inc. operates a network of hotels in the eastern United States, Canada, and internationally. The company was formerly known as Best Western Motels, Inc. and changed its name to Best Western International, Inc. in 1974. Best Western International, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

6201 North 24th Parkway

Phoenix, AZ 85016

United States

Founded in 1946





Key Executives for Best Western International, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and President
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
Vice President of Operations
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Age: 59
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Best Western International, Inc. Key Developments

Best Western Launches Best Western Premier Tides Hotel in Orange Beach

Best Western International, Inc. has launched the Best Western Premier Tides Hotel in Orange Beach, Alabama. The Best Western Premier Tides Hotel is welcoming visitors to a fresh new experience in the Gulfside resort town of Orange Beach, Alabama. The hotel, which is owned and managed by Innisfree Hotels, is a boutique style, intimate beachfront property facing the Gulf of Mexico with 86 guestrooms, each appointed in modern, stylish decor with a nod to the natural wonders of Coastal Alabama. Driftwood and shades of blue are cornerstones of the hotel design, which features grand views of the Gulf of Mexico from its beautiful 4th floor lobby. The hotel offers guests the perfect blend of unique Southern hospitality and all of the comforts of home with its wide-range of amenities. Guests will enjoy a beachfront heated pool and hot tub, Gulf front balconies, free 'Rocket-Fast' Wi-Fi, a 24-hour fitness center, a guest laundry room and full complimentary hot breakfast, which offers a variety of food choices and healthy options. A Grab and Go Deli is also available for guests who want to take a lunch with them so that they don't have to leave the beach. For business travelers, a business center is centrally located in the lobby and includes printing and faxing capabilities to meet guests' connectivity needs. The hotel also brings the Southern charm of Orange Beach to the hotel so that guests don't have to travel far to be immersed in their unique surroundings. Guests are welcome to enjoy Best Western Welcomes Its Newest Addition to Its Growing Premier Brand free beach cruiser rentals, community grills, a fire pit, and on-site activities for adults and children including kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and hobie cat rides.

Best Western International, Inc. Elects Ishwar Naran to its Board

Ishwar Naran, President and CEO of Premier Resorts and Management has been elected to the Best Western Hotel & Resorts Board of Directors. Naran has more than three decades of experience in the hospitality industry, having developed, acquired and managed over 30 hotels throughout his career.

Best Western Hotels and Resorts Announces Management Changes

Best Western Hotels and Resorts announced that its board of directors has elected Terry Porter as board chairman for 2016. Porter was elected to the Board in November 2013 to represent the interests of Best Western hoteliers in the brand's District I, which includes Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Porter previously served as vice chairman. Director Terry Bichsel will serve as vice chairman and Director James Cosgrove will serve as secretary-treasurer. Before being elected to the board of Directors, Porter was a brand governor representing hoteliers in central and southern Utah, including the area surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park. Porter has owned and operated the Best Western PLUS Town & Country Inn in Cedar City, Utah, since 1989.

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