Best Western International has launched two new hotel products, Vīb (as in vibrant), an urban boutique hotel concept; and the BW Premier Collection, a brand targeting upscale and luxury independent hotels.
The Vīb concept re-imagines the Best Western hotel experience by adding innovative features, technology, and local flavors. The first Vīb signed to be developed is a 148-room new construction project in Seoul, South Korea; and the Vīb project in the heart of the central business district of Gangnam, Seoul is expected to break ground in the next six months.
Meanwhile, BW Premier Collection features a pay-for-performance fee structure, and is being promoted to independent hoteliers.
Currently, Best Western’s international pipeline has 290 projects in development. The pipeline in the Asia-Pacific region is comprised of 90% new construction projects, with 35% either BEST WESTERN PLUS or BEST WESTERN PREMIER projects. There are nearly 50 projects in India, China, and Indonesia; virtually all are new constructions. Countries forming the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) have a combined 37 projects representing 6,110 rooms in the pipeline.
Vīb development opportunities are currently being considered in Bangkok, Thailand, Sarawak and Shah Alam, Malaysia and Ortigas, Philippines.
Best Western continues to expand in emerging markets, with recent openings in Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Mandalay.
Best Western International, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of over 4,000 hotels in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide. Best Western offers six hotel products: BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS, BEST WESTERN PREMIER, BEST WESTERN PLUS EXECUTIVE RESIDENCY, Vīb and BW Premier Collection.