Best Western launches worldwide tsunami relief programme(1)


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 repairs.

"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.

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