Best Western International Announces Election of Terrance Bichsel to Board of Directors

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Best Western International, the World’s Biggest Hotel Family®, announced that Terrance 'Terry' J. Bichsel, owner of the BEST WESTERN Ocean View Resort in Seaside, Oregon, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors.

Terrance Bichsel

Serving on the board of directors is a logical extension of my hospitality career. In this industry, we serve others and our membership-based model makes this service as fulfilling as it gets, said Best Western Board Director Terry Bichsel.

Best Western International, the World’s Biggest Hotel Family®, announced that Terrance ‘Terry’ J. Bichsel, owner of the BEST WESTERN Ocean View Resort in Seaside, Oregon, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors.

Bichsel, a certified hotel administrator, has owned the BEST WESTERN Ocean View Resort since 2002. Bichsel previously served as a regional governor for the brand as well as on the brand’s sales and marketing advisory committee. As a director, Bichsel will represent the interests of hotel owners in seven western states, including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, and Canada’s western provinces.

“Terry’s diverse career in the hospitality industry brings another unique perspective to our board, all of whom are hotel owners,” said Best Western President and CEO David Kong.

Bichsel has multiple hotel-brand experience and has held executive management positions for various hospitality industry leaders to include senior vice president/COO for John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc., president-Parks & Resorts Division ARAMARK Corporation and senior vice president-worldwide for Holland America Cruise Line. In these capacities Mr. Bichsel has been responsible for strategy, marketing, acquisitions, divestures, profitability, and operations with more than 20 new hotel openings in his career.

“Serving on the board of directors is a logical extension of my hospitality career. In this industry, we serve others and our membership-based model makes this service as fulfilling as it gets,” said Best Western Board Director Terry Bichsel. “I look forward to serving Best Western’s membership in an effort to provide a better experience for our guests, team members and hotel owners as we expand the product offerings.”

Bichsel joins six other Best Western hotel owners who serve on the board of directors, helping guide the brand’s business operations.

Bichsel and wife Debbie reside in Issaquah, Wash. and Gearhart, Ore., and have three grown children: Shannon, Taryn and Blake. He is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys most outdoor activities.

ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL, INC.
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®, BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Now celebrating 68 years of hospitality, Best Western welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests nightly. 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. The brand’s partnerships with AAA/CAA, Minor League Baseball, and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. In 2013, Best Western earned our highest level of brand recognition, including our fifth AAA/CAA Hotel Partner of the Year award, second Compuware Best of the Web Gold award, fourth No. 1 ranking in Brand Keys Consumer Loyalty Engagement Index for midscale hotels and seventh TTG Asia Best Mid-range Hotel Brand. Forty percent of Best Western hotels worldwide won TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards for customer satisfaction.

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