Best Western Appoints David Calvet General Manager of Asia’s First BW Signature Collection Hotel
Bangkok (Thailand) – November 5, 2018 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts has appointed David Calvet as the General Manager of Tawaravadee Resort, BW Signature Collection by Best Western, its impressive new up-country retreat in Thailand’s Prachinburi province.
A highly-experienced hotelier with extensive knowledge of Thailand’s hospitality industry, David has worked for a series of international hotels in Bangkok and Phuket over the last 20 years. Most recently, he was General Manager of ibis Styles Bangkok Sukhumvit 50. Previously, David held senior management roles with a series of well-known hotel brands, including Novotel and Sheraton. He also spent more than three years as Directeur Général of École d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme Paul Dubrule, an international hospitality school located in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
He will now be tasked with overseeing the successful operations of Tawaravadee Resort, which becomes Best Western’s first BW Signature Collection by Best Western property in Asia. Nestled in the stunning Thai countryside, approximately 160 km from Bangkok, this expansive low-rise resort is suitable for every occasion, from romantic leisure breaks to major corporate functions.
“David Calvet is a talented hotel professional with a wealth of experience. Having lived and worked in Thailand for almost two decades, he is also completely familiar with the unique characteristics of this market and instinctively able to motivate his teams. I can think of no better person to lead our first BW Signature Collection by Best Western hotel in Asia,” commented Olivier Berrivin, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ Managing Director of International Operations – Asia.
“I am honored and delighted to have been named as General Manager of this exceptional resort. Located less than two hours’ drive from Bangkok and with an extensive range of facilities, including large conference spaces, Tawaravadee Resort is perfect for any occasion. I look forward to working with the entire team at Best Western to make this hotel a huge success and create incredible experiences for every guest,” said David.
About Best Western Hotels & Resorts:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of 4,200* hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Best Western offers 11 hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market: Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Vīb®, GLō®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, BW Premier Collection® by Best Western, and BW Signature Collection® by Best Western; as well as its recently launched franchise offerings: SureStay® Hotel by Best Western, SureStay Plus® Hotel by Best Western and SureStay Collection® by Best Western. 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 66 percent of the brand’s North American hotels earning a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award in 2018, Business Travel News® ranking Best Western Plus and Best Western number one in upper-mid-price and mid-price hotel brands, and Fast Company honoring Best Western Hotels & Resorts with a spot in the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality category. Best Western has also won nine consecutive AAA®/CAA® Lodging Partner of the Year awards, recognizing the brand’s commitment to providing exceptional service and great value to AAA/CAA’s nearly 58 million members in the U.S. and Canada. Best Western-branded hotels were top ranked in J.D. Power’s 2017 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study – ranking first in breakfast (food and beverage category) for midscale; and second in overall guest satisfaction. Over 35 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-branded hotel worldwide. Best Western’s partnerships with AAA/CAA and Google® Street View 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.
* All Best Western and SureStay-branded hotels are independently owned and operated.
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Best Western Hotels and Resorts – Asia
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