PHOENIX - Best Western International pledged US $1
million, with an immediate donation of US$100,000
distributed to Habitat for Humanity International and
another global charity to be named in the coming weeks.
This is part of its worldwide relief programme to help
those affected by the tsunami.
Over the next two months, Best Western will encourage
the company's more than 4,100 member properties to donate
US$3 per room throughout February and March. Best Western
guests can make cash donations online at
Twenty percent of the funds raised will be given in support
of Best Western employees and their families in Southern
Asia who have been affected by the disaster while the
remaining 80 percent will go to help the region.
Initial assessments indicate that two hotels in
Thailand, the Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort
& Spa in Phuket and the Best Western Palm Galleria in
Phang Nga have been impacted and are currently closed for
"Best Western has a growing presence in Indonesia,
Thailand and India, and we see it as our responsibility to
help the local communities in times of need," said David
Kong, Best Western CEO.