Best Western International and Cabana Hotels Announce India Expansion Plan

    World's Largest Hotel Chain and Cabana Hotels Team Up To Bring Global
Network System, Premier Properties and First Hotel Management Institute to

    MUMBAI, INDIA, June 1 /CNW/ - The world's largest hotel chain, Best
Western International, Inc., today announced its aggressive development plan
for India under the leadership of master licensee Cabana Hotel Management Pvt.
Ltd. Over the next 10 years, the companies intend to add more than 100 hotels
and 10,000 rooms to the burgeoning Indian hospitality market.

    Through the partnership, Cabana Hotels will represent the Best Western
brand in India, provide hotel management services and establish an advanced
hotel management institute in Bhubaneshwar. Designed as the first of its kind
in this country, the school broke ground yesterday and will bring world-class
hotel management standards to India by providing in-depth training programs
for employees working in new Best Western properties.

    Cabana Hotels is planning a major investment of more than $1.2 billion in
Best Western-branded hotels during the next decade, and building or converting
hotels at 3.5- and 4-star levels or above in markets including Mumbai, Delhi,
Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Ooty, Rameshwaram, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad
Kanyakumari and Jaisalmer.

    "India's booming economy and growing travel market make the country an
excellent strategic fit as Best Western furthers its global reach," said David
Kong, president and CEO of U.S.-based Best Western International. "With more
than 30 years of hospitality and management experience in North America and
India, Cabana Hotels is a respected and proven leader within the industry, and
a well-suited partner. The company's co-chairman and co-founder, B.B. Patel,
owns and operates eight Best Western-branded properties in California,
bringing a thorough knowledge and understanding of the brand to our
development efforts."

    Best Western's India expansion is consistent with its overall growth
strategy for increasing brand awareness and preference in new markets by
building high-caliber hotels that receive Best Western's Premier(R)
descriptor. Designed to identify properties offering a discriminating level of
service and amenities that meet the needs of sophisticated business and
leisure travelers, the Premier model has been operating successfully in Europe
and China for the last several years.

    "Best Western's global footprint and worldwide reservations system make
it a strong partner for international hotel developers," said Dr. Prabhu Goel,
a co-founder and co-chairman at Cabana Hotels and leading private venture
investor who serves on boards of directors for public and private companies in
the United States and India. "Cabana will leverage this strength to become the
leading provider of high-quality hotel accommodations in India, with a focus
on achieving excellence and building relationships with existing and potential

    In addition to Patel and Goel, Cabana Hotels' directors include Sushant
Patnaik, a successful entrepreneur with holdings in both India and the United
States. Cabana Hotels CEO Anil Wad brings more than 25 years of hospitality
management experience to the leadership team.


    Best Western International is THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN(R),
providing marketing, reservations and operational support to 4,200(*)
independently owned and operated member hotels in 80(*) countries and
territories worldwide. Founded in 1946, this iconic brand is host to
approximately 400,000 worldwide guests each night. A pioneer within the
industry, Best Western is recognized for its distinctive business model and
diverse hotel portfolio. The company continues to innovate and enhance both
the business and leisure travel experience. For more information or to make a
reservation, please visit

    (*)Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.


    Cabana Hotel Management Pvt. Ltd. is incorporated in India. The Cabana
Hotels team has over 30 years of hospitality, entrepreneurial and global
management experience. The founders of Cabana Hotels have a well-defined
vision, a strong sense of values, and a long-range approach to business. Best
Western awarded Cabana Hotels the master license agreement for India in 2007.
B.B. Patel, co-Chairman and co-founder of Cabana Hotels, has been a Best
Western Member since 1982 and owns and operates eight Best Western hotels in
the United States. The founding team's belief in Best Western and its value
propositions for their licensees inspires Cabana Hotels to develop and grow
the brand in India. Cabana Hotels is developing a hotel management institute
in India to bring world-class hospitality standards for employees working in
Best Western properties. For more information please refer to

For further information:

For further information: Best Western International Marie Yarroll, 00 +
1 + 602 957-5750 or Allison & Partners Linda
Burns, 00 + 1 + 212 302-5460 ext. 1 or Blue Lotus
Communications Pvt. Ltd. Archana Tomar, +91 98202 25986 or Cabana Hotel Management Pvt. Ltd. Tarunn M Sareen,
+91 98203 02030

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