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Best Western Hotels & Resorts Acquires Luxury Hotel Collection WorldHotels

The Amilla Fushi Resort in the Maldives is one of WorldHotels’ 300 specialty hotels.

PHOENIX— Best Western Hotels & Resorts has acquired global hotel brand WorldHotels from Associated Luxury Hotels for an undisclosed price. The brand consists of approximately 300 specialty hotels and resorts around the world and 31 in the United States. 

WorldHotels will maintain its distinct personality while benefiting from Best Western’s e-commerce platform, partnerships, loyalty program and global distribution network.

The acquisition marks another move by Best Western into soft-brand hotels, an affiliation in which a hotel relies primarily on its individual identity rather than that of the larger hotel chain. A number of global hotel chains have launched soft brands in recent years, including the Ascend Collection by Choice Hotels International and Marriott International’s Autograph Collection. 

Best Western isn’t the only hotelier that recently purchased a luxury brand. InterContinental Hotels Group acquired Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas for $300 million on Feb. 13. 

“There is tremendous synergy between Best Western and WorldHotels,” says David Kong, CEO of Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “By joining forces in this new partnership, we will create competitive advantages for both companies.” 

The acquisition of WorldHotels was completed last week. The move expands Best Western’s portfolio of offerings to include upscale and luxury segments. 

Phoenix-based Best Western Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of more than 4,200 hotels. The company currently offers 13 hotel brands, including three soft brands: SureStay Collections by Best Western, BW Premier Collection by Best Western and BW Signature Collection by Best Western.

“Best Western is one of the largest, most respected and trusted hotel brands,” says Geoff Andrew, CEO of WorldHotels. “Through its established senior leadership team and regional presence in each market, Best Western brings a new level of expertise that will undoubtedly help grow the WorldHotels brand in key markets.”

— David Cohen

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