Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

Owned by Kulwant Sekhon, 83-Room Best Western Plus Merritt Hotel Opens in British Columbia

MERRITT, B.C. September 4, 2017 - Best Western® Hotels & Resorts announces the opening of the Best Western Plus Merritt Hotel, located at 3969 Crawford Ave. Owned by Kulwant Sekhon, the 100% smoke-free hotel features 83 guest rooms including 15 suites.

Hotel amenities include a full hot complimentary breakfast, indoor heated pool, hot tub and 24-hour fitness center. Tesla stations are available to charge up your electric car. Each room is equipped with 43” flat screen television, microwave, mini-refrigerator, and free wireless Internet access. Hotel has a pet friendly policy.

For business travelers, the hotel offers a business center with complimentary printing and copy services. Free Wi-Fi internet access in all public areas. Meeting space is available accommodating up to 70 attendees.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the Best Western Plus brand, as it is well known and respected for its high standards and commitment to quality customer service,” said Kulwant Sekhon, owner, Best Western Plus Merritt Hotel. “This property is an exceptional lodging option for our guests, and a tremendous asset to our community as whole.”

Best Western Merritt Hotel is conveniently located off Highway 5A. Guests can visit the Downtown Murals, Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Merritt Walk of Stars. A variety of outdoor activities can be found at Nicola Lake, including boating, water skiing, canoeing, fishing and sailing.

Reservations at the Best Western Plus Merritt Hotel may be booked by calling the hotel directly at (250) 378 0700 or by calling Best Western Hotels & Resort’s 24-hour, toll-free reservations number (800) 780-7234. Reservations are also available from Best Western’s website at bestwestern.com.

About Best Western® Hotels & Resorts

Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of 4,100* hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Best Western offers 10 hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market: Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Vîb®, GLô®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, and BW Premier Collection®; as well as its recently launched franchise offerings: SureStay®, SureStay Plus® and SureStay Signature Collection®. Now celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and award-winning online and mobile booking capabilities. Best Western continues to set industry records regarding awards and accolades, including 64 percent of the brand’s North American hotels earning a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award in 2017, Business Travel News® ranking Best Western Plus and Best Western in the top three upper-mid-price and mid-price hotel brands for three years in a row, and Best Western receiving seven consecutive Dynatrace® Best of the Web awards for its leading hotel website. Best Western has also won eight consecutive AAA®/CAA® Lodging Partner of the Year awards, recognizing the brand’s commitment to providing exceptional service and great value to AAA’s 56 million members in the U.S. and Canada. Over 30 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’s partnerships with AAA/CAA and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Through its partnership with Google® Street View, Best Western is the first major company of its size and scale to launch a virtual reality experience for customers, setting a new industry standard and reinventing how guests view hotels. * Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.

Anoop Sekhon
General Manager
(250) 378-0144

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