Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Elected to Second Term of Prestigious Leadership Role within Leading Business Travel Association

Phoenix, AZ (August 19, 2021) – Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Dorothy Dowling, has been re-elected as Allied Leadership Council (ALC) President for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the world’s largest professional association and a leading source of business travel knowledge.

“Dorothy is one of the industry’s longest-serving and most respected executives,” said Denise Truso, GBTA Board President. “She brings a wealth of knowledge to GBTA and in her second term as President of the ALC, I have no doubt that Dorothy will continue to contribute significantly to GBTA’s continued evolution.”

“I am honored to be re-elected to this prestigious leadership position within an organization that is the premier voice in the business travel space,” said Dowling. “It's a privilege to be a part of such a talented, diverse and hard-working group of professionals who are dedicated to driving recovery across all segments of the travel ecosystem. We are working together to help our industry emerge better and stronger than ever.”

Reflecting the significant impact Dowling has made as a GBTA Allied member, she was the recipient of the coveted 2018 GBTA Allied Member of the Year award. Dowling has also contributed greatly to the success and innovation of the Best Western Hotels & Resorts brand, which has undergone a substantial transformation in recent years.

“I am so pleased to see Dorothy re-elected as President of GBTA’s ALC,” said David Kong, President and Chief Executive Officer, Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “As the industry comes together to move beyond the health crisis, we must support the return of business travel and its vital place in our economy. At Best Western Hotels & Resorts we understand the importance of uniting through our industry associations. Dorothy’s continuing leadership role with GBTA signals our commitment to be a leader in the industry shaping our recovery.”

Under Dowling’s guidance, Best Western Hotels & Resorts has become a trusted leader in business travel, earning a number of industry accolades, such as Best Western® and Best Western Plus® ranking as the number one midscale and number two upper-midscale hotel brands by Business Travel News, a leading business publication.

“GBTA is an important voice in supporting the recovery of business travel,” said Ishwar Naran, Board Chairman, Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “We are proud to see Dorothy represent our brands so effectively in the business travel space through this leadership role with GBTA.”

Dowling also serves as Senior Advisor of the Strategic Advisory Board for WINiT by GBTA – a network focused on the advancement of women professionals in the industry, where she will remain a champion for diversity and inclusion within the hospitality sector.

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About Best Western® Hotels & Resorts:

Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 18 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through acquisition, WorldHotelsTM Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive and WorldHotels Crafted collections are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay StudioSM franchises**. For more information visit,, and

* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.

**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.