PHOENIX, 17 September 2021: BWH Hotel Group’s
longest-serving president and CEO, David Kong, will retire at the end of 2021
after a 20-year career with the global hotel chain.

Kong joined Best Western Hotels & Resorts in 2001 and was named CEO in 2004.

“David Kong is a once in a lifetime leader whose
contributions to Best Western and BWH Hotel Group are truly immeasurable,”
comments the group’s board chairman Ishwar Naran.

Kong’s first step toward a lifelong career in hospitality
began as a dishwasher and busboy. When he arrived in the United States from
Hong Kong as a young adult, like many immigrants before him, he had no money,
no job, and no connections to offer support. Despite these challenges, Kong
leaned into the values and work ethic instilled by his parents to rise through
the ranks of the hospitality industry, culminating in his role as President and
CEO of BWH Hotel Group. These values have shaped David Kong into the leader he
is today.

Under Kong’s leadership, BWH Hotel Group has evolved into a
modern and innovative hotel company. Together with his leadership team, Kong
spearheaded a number of initiatives that transformed the hotel brand into the
global hospitality powerhouse it is today.

Over the years, under his leadership, BWH Hotel Group grew
from one to 18  brands covering every
chain scale segment and every type of accommodation.

“This industry has empowered me to dream boldly about
the future and to pursue those dreams without hesitation. I feel blessed to
have been surrounded by exceptional teams throughout my career, and through
sheer passion and dedication, we have chased bold dreams and achieved what many
might have considered impossible,” said Kong.

“I feel very fortunate to have played a role in
building BWH Hotel Group into the brand it is today. I have always wanted to
move on at my peak. With our caring culture, our extraordinary hoteliers,
executive team, and corporate staff, I have no doubt the best is yet to come
for BWH Hotel Group.”

BWH Hotel Group will announce a new CEO at the company’s annual convention on 7 October 2021.

(SOURCE: Best Western Hotels & Resorts)