In the United States, back in 1946, M.K. Guertin created a guide to the best independent places to stay, with high standards of quality, cleanliness and hospitality a tank of gas apart from each other. That guide became known as Best Western, one of the most successful brands in travel and tourism with over 4,000 properties worldwide ranging from traditional beach front to new builds and historic European castles.
Best Western has been operating in Great Britain since 1977 when it partnered with Interchange and Consort Hotels to affiliate their hotels to create a network of Best Western branded properties. Nearly 40 years later the hotels in Great Britain are a mix of branded and soft-branded and range from economy to classic to luxury. Ensuring independence has a place to thrive for future generations to enjoy.
The CEO of Best Western GB is Tim Rumney. Tim has spent his career in hospitality starting as a pot washer in his teens to becoming a hugely successful and inspirational leading voice for hotels in the Lake District while also being managing director of a group of hotels in the North West of England. Tim is a regular commentator in the national media on hospitality issues and approaches being CEO of Best Western from the perspective of creating a powerful partnership with member hotels. The more you engage the more you succeed.
The Senior Leadership Team of Best Western GB are leaders in their fields in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Revenue and Distribution. They comment in the media and appear regularly at industry conferences to debate and discuss their respective specialisms. Every member of the SLT is committed to the power of the partnership and helping every hotel to drive incremental revenue, reduce cost and increase profitability.
Best Western GB is committed to a culture of mutual improvement and collective success. We pride ourselves on championing and supporting the independent hotel sector to greater successes and forging partnerships with our owners, operators and members that last decades. So every hotel can be local, feel global and remain independent.