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Best Western Rewards Points Only From Best Western branded booking channels as of 1.1.2014
Members of Best Western’s loyalty program, Best Western Rewards, can collect 10 points per 1 US Dollar used for accommodation (the conversion rate to other currencies is regularly fixed by Best Western.). From 1.1.2014 onwards this principle will still be valid, however Best Western hotels in Finland, the Baltic States and Poland are granting points to eligible room rates providing that reservations are booked via Best Western branded channels aka Best Western websites (e.g. bestwestern.com, bestwestern.fi, bestwestern.pl), Best Western’s toll-free line or directly to the Best Western hotel (phone, email or hotel’s website). Bookings via online travel agent consumer sites are not considered eligible for Best Western Rewards points.
Program lojalnościowy Best Western Rewards rozbudowuje ofertę w Polsce
Już od listopada br. polscy członkowie Best Western Rewards będą mogli zamieniać punkty zebrane podczas pobytów w hotelach Best Western na dowolne audiobooki dostępne w serwisie internetowym autdioteka.pl. Założony w 1988 r. Best Western Rewards to jeden z pierwszych programów lojalnościowych w branży hotelarskiej.
Misją Best Western jest bycie liderem branży w jakości obsługi klienta. Program Best Western Rewards jest jednym ze sposobów na wprowadzenie jej w życie. Obiekty należące do największej na świecie rodziny hotelowej każdego dnia pokazują jak ważne jest dla nich zadowolenie stałych gości. Za swoje pobyty otrzymują oni punkty, które mogą zamienić na bardzo starannie wybrane nagrody.
Audioteka.pl jest serwisem internetowym dystrybuującym audiobooki poprzez własną mobilna platformę cyfrowej dystrybucji treści audio obejmującą aplikacje na smartphony, tablety i samochody. Rozpoczęte w listopadzie partnerstwo z portalem da polskim członkom Best Western Rewards możliwość zamiany punktów z programu na dowolne książki do słuchania. Będą mogli korzystać również z dodatkowych promocji na platformie, stworzonych wyłącznie z myślą o nich.
- Best Western Rewards cieszy się w Polsce coraz większym zainteresowaniem. Uznaliśmy, że to idealny moment na rozbudowanie lokalnej oferty programu i podarowanie jego członkom nowych możliwości. Dotychczas punkty wymieniane były m.in. na kolejne noclegi, mile lotnicze oraz inne usługi dodatkowe. Warto dodać, że w najbliższych miesiącach planujemy jeszcze bardziej zintensyfikować proces rozwoju Best Western Rewards na polskim rynku. Nawiązanie współpracy z serwisem audioteka.pl to ważny krok w tym kierunku - mówi Gheorghe Cristescu, Dyrektor Best Western na Polskę.
Aktualnie międzynarodowy serwis Audioteka współpracuje z ponad 350 wydawcami z całego świata, oferując tysiące tytułów. Platforma działa w Polsce, Czechach, Hiszpanii, Francji, oraz w Szwecji i Niemczech. Najbliższe plany rozwoju spółki zakładają uruchomienie serwisów w Finlandii, Norwegii, na Węgrzech, w Turcji, na Litwie, a także w Rosji, Wielkiej Brytanii oraz we Włoszech.
- Jesteśmy przekonani, że współpraca z największą na świecie rodziną hotelową Best Western ułatwi nam dotarcie do wielu nowych użytkowników książek do słuchania – szczególnie, że są to osoby podróżujące, czyli potencjalni słuchacze audiobooków. Nie wykluczamy także rozbudowy jej zakresu w przyszłości – mówi Marcin Beme, twórca serwisu audioteka.pl.
Założony w 1988 r. Best Western Rewards to jeden z pierwszych programów lojalnościowym w branży hotelarskiej. Aktualnie liczy ponad 20 milionów aktywnych członków z całego świata. Dołączenie do Best Western Rewards jest całkowicie bezpłatne. Zapisać do programu można się na stronie www.bwrewards.fi. Ponadto osoby, które należą do innego programu lojalnościowego z branży hotelarskiej, mogą skorzystać z oferty Best Western Rewards Status Match – No Catch®. Pozwala ona dołączyć do Best Western Rewards zachowując status osiągnięty w poprzednim programie.
Polscy członkowie Best Western Rewards są rejestrowani w programie lojalnościowym przez filię Best Western Hotels Finland, Baltic States and Poland. Mogą oni zbierać punkty lub mile lotnicze na całym świecie i zamieniać je na nagrody przygotowywane przez lokalny oddział Best Western. Istnieje również wiele sposobów na zdobycie dodatkowych punktów. Obecnie, do końca 2013 r. sieć udostępnia specjalną ofertę, dzięki której każdy, kto zarezerwuje pobyt w hotelu Best Western przez oficjalną stronę internetową sieci www.bestwestern.pl, otrzyma 500 punktów do wykorzystania w ramach programu.
W lipcu br. Best Western Rewards zajął drugie miejsce, spośród programów 16 największych sieci hotelowych na świecie, w rankingu najlepszych programów lojalnościowych sektora turystycznego, opublikowanego przez amerykańską platformę medialna U.S. News & World Report.
O sieci Best Western
Best Western to największa na świecie rodzina hotelowa, do której należy obecnie ponad 4 000 hoteli w ponad 100* krajach na całym świecie. Działają one pod trzema markami: BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS oraz BEST WESTERN PREMIER. To, co łączy obiekty Best Western to jakość i standard obsługi klientów, wspólny system rezerwacyjny oraz programy sprzedażowo – marketingowe. Wszystkie hotele należące do sieci są niezależnie zarządzane i stanowią własność prywatnych inwestorów. Każdego dnia goszczą łącznie setki tysięcy gości. BW Hotels Osuuskunta, określany też jako Best Western Hotels Finland, Baltic States and Poland, jest siedzibą biura reprezentującego sieć Best Western w Finlandii, krajach bałtyckich oraz w Polsce.
* Liczby podane są w przybliżeniu i mogą ulegać zmianom.
From November 2013 onwards Polish members of Best Western Rewards can change their points to audioteka.pl – an internet distributor of audiobooks. Best Western Rewards is the frequent traveler's club of Best Western hotels established in 1988. Best Western hotels' guest can collect the points from their eligible stays.
Best Western's vision is to lead the industry in the superior customer service. The members of World's Biggest Hotel Family demonstrate every day how they value the business of the loyal guests by rewarding them with points and offering them a carefully selected awards.
The partnership with audioteka.pl, which is distributing audiobooks through its own mobile application for smartphones, tablets and cars, will give the Polish Best Western Rewards members an opportunity to change the points collected for audiobooks. - Best Western Rewards program is gaining popularity in Poland. Thus we want to present new local possibilities to our loyal guests. It is important to provide the Best Western Rewards members awards they benefit from. Audioteka's audiobooks sits well in our selection of awards – says Gheorghe Marian Cristescu, Best Western Director for Poland.
Audioteka is an international portal. It is cooperating with more than 350 publishers from all over the world, offering thousands of titles. The platform is available in Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Sweden and in Germany. Soon new portals are going to be opened in Finland, Norway, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia, Great Britain and Italy.
- We are convinced that cooperation with Best Western, the World's Biggest Hotel Family, will allow us to reach new listeners – especially travelers, who are particularly interested in the audiobook offer – says Marcin Beme, the creator of audioteka.pl.
Best Western Rewards established in 1988, is one of the first loyalty programs in the hotel industry. It has over 20 million active members all around the world. There is no membership fee for joining Best Western Rewards program. One can join the program at the Best Western hotel or by visiting www.bwrewards.fi webpage. The guests belonging to another hotel club are offered a special Best Western Rewards Status Match – No Catch® program which entitles the club change so that the member's elite level membership is matches with Best Western Rewards elite level membership. Polish members of Best Western Rewards are registered to Best Western Rewards club hosted by Best Western Hotels Finland, Baltic States and Poland. The Best Western Rewards members can collect points or airline miles from their eligible stays at any Best Western hotels around the world. The points can be used towards awards provided by the local club. There are several ways to gain extra points to reach the awards more rapidly. Currently the Best Western Rewards members in Finland, Baltic States and Poland are provided 500 extra points for booking their stays through www.bestwestern.pl webpage. Additionally Best Western Rewards members are given 250 points per guest feedback given via www.bwfeedback.com webpage. In July 2013 Best Western Rewards took second place among the total number of 16 biggest hotel chains in the world ranking of the best loyalty programs in the tourism industry prepared by an American multi-platform U.S. News & World Report.
ABOUT BEST WESTERN AS AN ORGANIZATION
Best Western International, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand made up of more than 4,000* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales, marketing and promotional support, and online and mobile booking capabilities. More than 20 million travelers are members of the brand's award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. Best Western Hotels Finland, Baltic States and Poland is the affiliate office of Best Western International, inc. representing the brand and programs in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit bestwestern.pl.
*Numbers are approximate and may fluctuate.
BEST WESTERN PLUS Business Faltom has been opened in September 16th, 2013. The hotel is the fourth hotel in Pomorze district with excellent location: only 2 km away from the ring road of Trójmiasto and less than 25 km from the Lech Wałęsa Airport in Gdańsk Rębiechowo.
The three-star hotel offers 40 double rooms and 6 apartments. There is a bathroom with a tub, a 32-inch LCD TV with a multimedia function, a free WiFi access, a fridge, a safe and a work desk in every room. There are also some special facilities prepared for the families travelling with children.
Business guests can use 2 air-conditioned and fully equipped conference rooms. The biggest of them is 350 m2 big and it can fit over 200 people. In the entertainment part of the hotel one can play billiard or table tennis and rent a bike or Nordic Walking equipment. There will be also a SPA.
- Joining Best Western is a big step for us. Being a part of international booking system is a chance to reach a whole new group of guests. We want to be in the customer's top of mind with our price/quality ratio – says Tomasz Falkowski, an investor and owner of Faltom group's properties.
BEST WESTERN PLUS Business Faltom is the fifth Polish hotel representing BEST WESTERN PLUS descriptor. - The development of BEST WESTERN PLUS hotel base is incredibly important for us because the guest segment it responses to growing. We are glad that within less than a year from the opening of the first BEST WESTERN PLUS hotel in Poland we already have 5 hotels in this category, adds Gheorghe Marian Cristescu, Best Western Country Director in Poland.
At the beginning of next year the Best Western portfolio in Poland is expanding with a new hotel located in Wroclaw.
BEST WESTER PLUS Q Hotel Wrocław will be the second Best Western hotel in the Wroclaw, the capital of Dolny Śląsk. It will be also a fourth Best Western hotel operated by Dobry Hotel Group.
- Another contract with the same operator is a proof that our business model is working on the Polish market, says Gheorghe Marian Cristescu, Best Western Director for Poland. – It is no coincidence that we have second hotel in Wrocław. The city is one of the most business friendly places in Poland and it is now developing fast thanks to the title of European Capital of Culture. Millions of tourists are going to visit this city in 2016 due to this event – adds Cristescu.
The three star hotel is located on Zaolziańska 2 Street, less than 10 minutes from the main railroad station. The BEST WESTERN Q Hotel Wrocław offer is focused on the business clients, which is a specialty of the Dobry Hotel Group. The fully air-conditioned object will offer 127 rooms (6 of them can be joined together) and an apartment. The guests will be able to use free Wi-Fi, a safe and a coffee and tea set. An underground garage will be also build, with 23 parking spaces.
In the hotel lobby guests will find a bar and a restaurant. And on the first floor a conference center with a foyer is going to be located. It will include 3 big halls (80m2 each) for 200 people and two smaller conference rooms (25m2).
The hotel will be also a good place for families. Especially for them 20 rooms are going to be fitted with a folded bed. Furthermore all children up to 16 years traveling with their parents will stay in the hotel for free.
- We see a growing number of reservations in all three Dobry Hotel objects operating in the Best Western chain, especially in the business category. We also can see a growing number of tourists from abroad, this also might be a result of the Best Westerns prestige – comments Daniel Łukaszewicz, Business Development Director of Dobry Hotel Group. – We are planning at least two new investments in the upcoming years, possibly with Best Western as well – he adds.
We have great news! Best Weekend gift card is about relaxation, change of scenery, taking some time to yourself and your partner. The card includes 2 weekend nights in double room at any Best Western hotel in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden (over 160 hotels to choose from!) plus breakfast plus Best Western Rewards points or airline partner miles.
How to buy the Best Weekend Scandinavia Card
Price: the card costs 187,25 euros
Where it can be bought:
How the card is delivered: The card is plastic card in a gift package and it will be delivered to the given address.
How to use the Best Weekend Scandinavia Card
To whom the card is: anyone with birthday, anniversary or just need for break; also great as a prize!
What does the card receiver get in fact: the card holder is entitled for 2 consecutive weekend nights at any Best Western hotel located in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Breakfast is included in the package. Also Best Western Rewards members can collect Rewards points or airline partner miles from the Best Weekend Scandinavia stays.
How to book a stay with this card: choose city and the hotel; contact Best Western toll-freeline and tell you want to book a Best Weekend Scandinavian stay. The booking must be done before arrival.
Arriving to the hotel: Give the card to the front desk staff as you arrive. Also be prepared to present a personal credit card or other form of payment guarantee.
Is there expiration date: Best Weekend Scandinavian gift card is valid as long as there is value on the card; max. 1 year from the date of purchase.
Terms and conditions - Best Weekend Scandinavia gift card
There are a limited number of rooms for Best Weekend Scandinavia stays. The card cannot be combined with any other offers or campaigns. Best Weekend Scandinavian gift card is replaceable if lost, stolen or destroyed. It is also not exchangeable for cash in part or other substitutions and no change will be given. The value available on the card will be reduced by the total charges/units. It is the responsibility of the cardholder to keep track of the value of their Travel Card. Travel Card balances can be tracked online at www.travelcard.bestwestern.com. These terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.
The new Best Western hotel will be located in the city center of Opole, at 17 Waryńskiego St., only 600 meters from the Old Town and 800 meters from the famous Opole Amphitheatre, where the biggest and the oldest National Polish Song Festival takes place. The 3-star hotel will offer 28 comfortable rooms and 2 apartments (altogether 61 accommodation places), parking space for 20 cars, restaurant and a pub. Additionally, it will provide a recreational area with sauna, spa bath and a massage room. The official opening of the hotel, that is currently under renovation, is planned for the fourth quarter of this year.
BEST WESTERN Agit Congress & SPA has joined to the World's Biggest Hotel Family as the 20th Best Western facility in Poland and second in Lublin Voivodeship, operating under Best Western brand.
BEST WESTERN Agit Congress & SPA provides also an extended SPA centre with 6 parlours, 2 saunas, a fitness room, a gym and even a special dance room. In the Eco Restaurant with an open kitchen, the guests have a possibility to watch the chef, Jean Bos (the precursor of molecular cuisine in Poland), as he prepares his delicious meals.
The investor of a 3-star hotel, located at 29 Wojciechowska street in the city centre of Lublin, is Agit Translation Agency. Because of their business activities so far, they decided to equip all 21 rooms with the SITA learning system. Guests also have an opportunity to reserve individual conversations with native speakers. The facility offers a great conference and training area (altogether circa 600 m2). 5 conference rooms are equipped with a range of multimedia solutions (translatory cabins with infrared headsets, as well as voting and debates system dedicated to international conferences).
The hotel also offers something special to families travelling with children. There is a room with a specially designed interactive educational floor, which allows children to make themselves familiar with foreign languages while being taken care of by qualified teachers and native speakers. What is more, children and their parents can make use of a beautiful 1000-square-meter garden, in which they can find a playground with an obstacle course and football and volleyball pitches.
Additionally, the investor has taken care of the environment and installed its own sewage plant, an energy management system and solar panels.
At the beginning of summer Top Hotel, from the Mazowieckie Voivodeship, will be be relaunched as Best Western hotel. The hotel is located in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki and currently undergoing a general make-over (including air conditioning, room equipment and restaurant design) after which the facility will become the first 3-star hotel in the surrounding area. The cost of the renovation is estimated at 2,000,000 PLN.
The hotel will be a convenient accommodation for air-travelers, because of the proximity to the Modlin Airport and a good railway connection with the Warsaw Chopin Airport.
The hotel will offer 64 comfortable, air conditioned rooms and three 'junior suit' rooms. Each one will be equipped with in an LCD TV, a radio, a telephone, a desk, a safe and a bathroom with a shower. There will be also special facilities for families with children and disabled guests. Wireless Internet will also be available everywhere in the hotel.
During the last seven months, three hotels in the Tri-city and one each in the Dolnośląskie, Lubelskie, Świętokrzyskie and Małopolskie Voivodeships have joined the Best Western hotel chain in Poland.
Currently, there are three Best Western hotels in Mazowieckie Voivodeship, located in different districts of Warsaw: BEST WESTERN Hotel Portos (Mokotów), BEST WESTERN Hotel Felix (South Praga) and BEST WESTERN Hotel Poleczki (Northern Ursynów).
BEST WESTERN Hotel Ferdynand has passed Best Western descriptor assessment and is now officially approved to operate as BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Ferdynand.
BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Ferdynand is located in the city center, 100 meters from the railway and bus stations and 11 kilometers from the airport in Jesionka. It provides 39 rooms with individually controlled air conditioning and free Internet access. It takes less than 5 minute walk to reach the Old Town, bustling with entertainment and cultural life. The hotel also has a conference space.
"It is our strategy to provide our guests maximum satisfaction. We want the guests to choose BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Ferdynand again when they arrive Rzeszòw. That is why we care about every little detail. Nothing is more gratifying than to see how group of regular hotel guests keep growing" says AnnaTadla-Szawan, General Manager of BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Ferdynand.
Since the opening of the hotel in November 2010, its services and amenities have been constantly enriched. Among others, a second conference room, a restaurant and a coffee bar were opened last year. Recently, the room service has been launched, too. In the Best Hotel Award 2012 plebiscite the hotel was recognized as the best hotel in Rzeszów.
Currently, four hotels in Poland operate under BEST WESTERN PLUS descriptor. It has already been announced that by the end of the year Chomiąża Park hotel, located near Bydgoszcz, will operate under the same brand as well.
The world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor® has published Travelers' Choice Awards 2013 for hotels. Best Western hotels in Finland, Lithuania and Poland have succeeded in the listings of top performing hotels in several categories.
In Finland, BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Katajanokka – a former county jail turned into comfortably decorated modern hotel – got awarded in Top Hotels (6th position) and Best Service (8th position) categories. Also BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Haaga – with excellent meeting facilities and longest indoor pool in Helsinki region – was listed both in Best Service category (24th position) and Best Bargain (3rd position) category. The two Finnish Best Western hotels are located in Helsinki.
In Lithuania BEST WESTERN Hotel Santakos was one of the best liked hotels in both Top Hotels (8th position) and Best Service (13th position) categories. This hotel once operating as Russian tsar's wine cellar has been modernized with great taste and has good location for guests interested in the old town of Kaunas. Kaunas is the second biggest town in Lithuania after Vilnius.
Three Polish Best Western hotels won the award for being Best Bargain hotels. RT Hotel Galicya – that will open as Best Western hotels within two months – secured 17th position in the list followed by BEST WESTERN Hotel Zubrowka from Bialowieza (18th position) and BEST WESTERN Hotel Felix from Warsaw (20th position).
"Receiving Tripadvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards is great honor for the hotel. Winning means that the listed hotels have been tested in the real life – and the hotels are recommended to the others. Tripadvisor's influence in hotel business cannot be denied. We recommend the hotels connect with guests also online and participate in the discussion in Tripadvisor", says Saija Kekkonen, CEO of Best Western Hotels Finland, Baltic States and Poland.
In two months, the World’s Biggest Hotel Family will be joined by the facility in Cracow – RT Galicya hotel. It will be the second hotel from the RT Hotels chain – a part of Satoria Group S.A. - operating under Best Western brand.
Cracovian RT Hotels has decided to brand another hotel as Best Western because of the benefits that the company reported after BEST WESTERN Krakow Old Town (former RT Monopol) joined to the chain in October 2011. The RT Hotels representatives emphasize that cooperation with Best Western allows to meet the company’s business goals effectively.
– The functioning of BEST WESTERN Krakow Old Town hotel under Best Western brand has increased reservations by business and individual travellers. Because of Best Western brand, international companies chooses us as their hotel partner – says Anna Stefańczyk, Managing Director of RT Hotels.
The three-star RT Galicya hotel is located on the main route to Cracow, circa 3 kilometers from the city center and offers 63 comfortable rooms. The hotel also has a fully equipped, air conditioned conference room (up to 90 people) and a restaurant. Additionally it provides special amenities for families traveling with children.
- RT Hotels is another company that on the basis of their own experience decided to extend the partnership with Best Western. For us it is the best proof that our business model works - says Gheorghe Marian Cristescu, Country Sales Director for Poland.
RT Galicya will be the third property in Cracow operating under Best Western brand; the other two hotels are after BEST WESTERN Premier Kraków Hotel and BEST WESTERN Kraków Old Tow.
Quality has been one of the founding principles of Best Western hotel chain since its early days. All Best Western hotels are committed to the organization's brand and quality requirements. Each year, every hotel is assessed by trained quality assessor.
Best Western Hotels Finland, Baltic States and Poland, the affiliate office of Best Western International, rewards the best scoring hotels based on quality and customer satisfaction scores in 2012. The Best Quality Performance award goes to BEST WESTERN Hotel Apollo in Oulu, Finland. The award for the best quality and guest satisfaction score combination is given to BEST WESTERN Hotel Samantta located in Haukipudas, Finland. The BEST WESTERN Krakow Old Town earns award for the best improvement comparing the results to the previous year.
"With these awards we want to pay our guests and hotels attention to Best Western's quality program. Best Western continuously enhance the program and updates the minimum standards which products and services the hotels should provide. We are listening our guests carefully and monitor the development of the international hotel standards", comments Saija Kekkonen, CEO of Best Western Hotels Finland, Baltic States and Poland.
"Quality just does not happen. It requires systematic work and dedication. In Oulu, the hotel has invested in extra maintenance services to make sure that the quality standards are met. In Haukipudas, BEST WESTERN Hotel Samantta expanded their capacity with 12 new rooms. New room is always new, but Best Western quality assessment covers all facilities. BEST WESTERN Krakow Old Town has also worked hard to exceed their previous report. They earn their status as the Best Hotel in Krakow by Best Hotel Award 2012 plebiscite. We are extremely proud to award these hotels", continues Kekkonen.
Best Western in Poland starts year with 18 hotels - of which two are brand new members; one located in Lublin and the other in Kielce.
Both Łysogóry Hotel in Kielce and Korona Spa & Wellness Hotel in Lublin, have successfully passed Best Western assessments and thus are accepted to operate under Best Western brand. The two hotels provide in total over 200 rooms and apartments. Additionally Łysogóry Hotel has been recently undergoing modernization to meet the international requirements of the chain and changed its name to BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel.
"Last year was a time of intensive work for us. We managed to diversify our portfolio by adding facilities which have in their offers additional services like SPA or modern conference centers. We aim to satisfy needs of both business customers and individual tourists" says Gheorghe Marian Cristescu, the Country Sales Director for Best Western in Poland.
Best Western, that is named the “Best Hotel Chain in Poland” in the Best Hotel Award 2012 plebiscite, had estimated to announce eight new member hotels in 2012, but eventually the chain signed in total 13 new agreements with some hotels to open in 2013 and some in 2014. Best Western has also been successful to launch Best Western Plus category into Polish market. Best Western continue with its development plan in Poland with target to finish this year with 30 hotels in Poland.
Hotelarz, one of the most popular trade magazines in Poland, has published the ranking of the most important people and the major events within the hotel industry in Poland. Best Western has received the Chain of the Year title for the second year in a row. Additionally, Best Western Hotels Finland, Baltic States and Poland's Country Sales Director for Poland, Mr Gheorghe Marian Cristescu was awarded with the Person of the Year title.
– This year was a time of extremely intensive work for us. Within 12 past months we have opened a local Best Western office in Warsaw and signed 13 new hotel contracts of which five is already operating as Best Western hotels and two are to be opened still by the end of this year, says Gheorghe Marian Cristescu.
All in all, the year 2012 has been extremely successful for Best Western in Poland. During the year, Property forum 2012 chose BEST WESTERN Hotel Portos as the Best Hotel Investment of the Year and Gheorghe Marian Cristescu as the Personality of the Year in the commercial real estate/hotel market in Poland. Propertynews.pl is the popular Polish website featuring news regarding the commercial real estate market. Its editorial office is the organizer of the Property Forum - the biggest commercial property industry conference in Poland.
In the second edition of the Best Hotel Award plebiscite, Best Western won the first prize in the "Best Hotel Chain" category. Additionally, BEST WESTERN Krakow Old Town, was recognized for second year in a row as the best hotel in the category of 1-3 star hotels in Krakow. Furthermore, BEST WESTERN Hotel Ferdynand won the first place in the "Best Hotel in Rzeszow" category. Last but not least, Best Western hotels located in Katowice, Warsaw, Bialystok and Osjakow have been ranked at second positions in their categories. Best Hotel Award 2012 plebiscite was organized by the Global Hotels & Travels, the owner of rezerwuje.pl booking service, under the patronage of the Polish Tourist Organisation and the Polish Chamber of Tourism.
Te Browar Mariacki Hotel is currently under renovation and it is to be open in 2013 as a three-star Best Western hotel. The hotel will have 46 rooms and a conference area. Its main attraction will be the brewery, connected with a restaurant, serving the regional food. The hotel will be located in an old town house in the center of the Katowice city (on the Mariacka Street) - one of the oldest and most popular parts of the city. It attracts both citizens and tourists, who come there to join artistic events or visit clubs and restaurants.
Before the World War II the building was occupied by the best and most popular hotel in the city – Europejski Hotel (later known as Śląski Hotel). After years the building fell into ruin and was closed in the 90s. The tender for the constructor will start at the beginning of 2013. Costs of the modernization process are estimated at nearly 10 million PLN.
The World's Biggest Hotel Family has confirmed once again its strong position on the Polish commercial real estate market. In the second edition of the Best Hotel Award plebiscite, Best Western has been appreciated by its guests and won the first prize in the "Best Hotel Chain" category. Additionally, Best Western Krakow Old Town, has been recognized for second year in a row as the best hotel in the category of 1-3 star hotels in Krakow. What's more, Best Western Hotel Ferdynand won the first place in the "Best Hotel in Rzeszow" category. Last but not least, Best Western hotels located in Katowice, Warsaw, Bialystok and Osjakow have been ranked at second positions in their categories.
"So many titles are the best proof of our guests' satisfaction. We have been operating on the Polish market for relatively short time, which makes this achievement even more meaningful", says Gheorghe Marian Cristescu, Country Sales Director, Best Western in Poland.
Best Hotel Award 2012 plebiscite was organized by the Global Hotels & Travels, the owner of rezerwuje.pl booking service, under the patronage of the Polish Tourist Organisation and the Polish Chamber of Tourism.
At the end of the year the World's Biggest Hotel Family will be joined by the biggest conference center in the Świętokrzyskie Voivodship – the three star Łysogóry Hotel.
The hotel, located in the city centre of Kielce, provides guests nearly 150 rooms (including 4 apartments), 2 restaurants, a café, 2 car parks, a shopping arcade and a wide offer of additional services. Besides hotel offers a car rental, a casino, a music club and a SPA zone with fitness and massage zones and a steam bath.
The main advantage of the hotel's offer is the biggest in the region conference center with 4 fully equipped rooms (up to 1000 people). The experience of the hotel staff has already been appreciated by organizers of several big, international conferences, like the first edition of "Eastern Poland Business Forum".
In recent years the Łysogóry Hotel has undergone a process of modernization. Costs of its last stage are estimated at nearly 10 million PLN. The part of the amount came from the funding from the Regional Operational Programme of Świętokrzyskie Voivodship, that hotel got in 2010.
The Łysogóry Hotel will start operating under Best Western brand at the end of December 2012.
Anna Świeżewska has been appointed as the Key Account Manager of Best Western Hotels Finland, Baltic States and Poland.
She joined the Best Western team in September and she is responsible for the sales support for the chain’s facilities in Poland (the leisure and business segment) and cooperation with global Best Western’s offices. She will also consult the newly joined hotels. Anna Świeżewska is reporting directly to Gheorghe Marian Cristescu, the Country Sales Director of Best Western Hotels Finland, Baltic States and Poland.
Anna Świeżewska graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics (specialization - Economics of Tourism). She has over 15 years long experience in the hotel industry. Best Western appreciated her strong background and experience on the local market gained by working with international chains such as Holiday Inn, Novotel and Sofitel.
Best Western International recently asked Facebook users to cast their votes for the first-ever Fan Awards on the Best Western Facebook page. Best Western's more than 4,000 hotels from around the world were encouraged to submit nominations in categories ranging from Most Unique Hotel to Best View from a Hotel Room and a panel of travel industry experts reviewed the nominations and selected the five finalists for each category.
More than 30,000 Facebook users answered the call voting for their favorite hotel in each category and the winners are:
• Most Unique Hotel – BEST WESTERN Studley Castle Hotel, Studley, England: Deep in the Warwickshire countryside, on a 28-acre estate near Birmingham, BEST WESTERN Studley Castle Hotel is full of character and bursting with charm.
• Most Historic Hotel – BEST WESTERN Angel and Royal Hotel, Grantham, Great Britain: Located in the ancient market town of Grantham, the BEST WESTERN Angel and Royal Hotel is reputed to be oldest inn in England, dating back to 1203.
• Most Beautiful Hotel Setting – BEST WESTERN PLUS Viva Porto De Galinhas, Porto de Galinhas, Brazil: Porto de Galinhas, named best beach in Brazil, is home to the BEST WESTERN Solar Porto de Galinhas, an ocean front property only two kilometers from Porto de Galinhas Village.
• Best View from a Hotel Room – BEST WESTERN Hotel Prince De Galles, Menton, France: Located just outside of Monaco, this former barracks for the Carabineers of the princes of Monaco has welcomed lovers of the French Riviera since 1865.
• Most Impressive Lobby – BEST WESTERN Shenzhen Felicity Hotel, Shenzhen, China: The BEST WESTERN Shenzhen Felicity Hotel is in the heart of Lo Wu District, convenient to business, shopping and Hong Kong.
• Most Impressive Guest Room – BEST WESTERN PLUS Swan Hotel, Wells, Great Britain: In the shadow of Wells Cathedral and close to the Bishops Palace, this historic hotel was built in the 15th century and is full of history and charm.
• Most Unique Guest Room – BEST WESTERN Hotel Springhouse, Rome, Italy: This modern and completely refurbished hotel located in the historical center of the city, is just a few steps away from St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums.
"The response on Facebook has been tremendous and our Fan Award finalists had a lot of fun campaigning for votes in their local communities around the world. Congratulations to all of the winners," said Best Western President and CEO David Kong. "What has been most gratifying is to read all of our guests' Facebook posts nominating their favorite Best Western hotels. The Fan Awards provided us the opportunity to showcase many of our unique and distinctive hotels, encouraging travelers to discover new Best Western hotels around the world."
The seven winning hotels get to proudly display the award of "Fan Favorite" and one lucky Best Western Rewards member will be chosen at random to win a trip to one of the seven award winning hotels. The winner will be selected by October 31, 2012.
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