Best Western Celebrates America’s Favorite Pastime With Special ‘Baseball Rate’ for Minor League Fans

Save Up to 25 Percent Throughout 2005 Season at Official Hotel of California/Nevada Minor League Baseball Teams

Collect Limited Edition Bobblehead Doll Series of Today’s Major League Stars

PHOENIX, April 6 /PRNewswire/ — Best Western has the bases covered this season with a special offer for West Coast minor league baseball fans.

From April 7 through September 15, followers of America’s favorite pastime can save up to 25 percent each time they request the special “Baseball Rate” at Best Western hotels in California, Nevada and Hawaii (*). With each qualified stay, guests will also receive a limited edition bobblehead doll of one of today’s major league stars in his former minor league uniform.

A different bobblehead in the five-doll collectible series will be featured approximately every four weeks. Leading off the lineup is Las Vegas 51 alum and current Los Angeles Dodgers Relief Pitcher Eric Gagne, whose likeness will be available to guests from April 7-May 15. The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes’ K-Rod, Francisco Rodriguez — now pitching for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim — is up next from May 16-June 15. In the third spot from June 16-July 15 is the former Inland Empire Stampede’s (now Sixty-Sixers’) Adrian Beltre, currently a third baseman for the Seattle Mariners. At cleanup from July 16-August 15 is former San Jose Giant Keith Foulke, now pitching for the World Champion Boston Red Sox. Rounding out the lineup from August 16-September 15 is Sacramento RiverCat southpaw Barry Zito, currently on the mound for the Oakland A’s.

“With nearly 340 properties throughout the region, Best Western offers minor league baseball fans the quality and value thousands of guests have come to expect every night from the world’s largest hotel chain,” said Ben Chaney, Best Western field marketing manager overseeing the company’s California, Nevada and Hawaii cooperative marketing efforts. “Whether traveling for business or leisure, they can now indulge their love of the game throughout the season with our new ‘Baseball Rate’ and limited edition keepsake bobblehead collection.”

To be eligible for the special rate and promotion, customers must be members of Best Western’s Gold Crown Club International (GCCI) or NASCAR- themed Speed Rewards loyalty programs. Fans must also register prior to their first stay at www.travelbestwestern.com or call 1-800-237-8483 and mention promotion code “playball.” Guests who have not yet joined GCCI or Speed Rewards may sign up for either free program when registering for the offer. Members will receive their limited edition bobblehead doll within six weeks of each qualified stay. Visit www.travelbestwestern.com for complete details.

Best Western’s California, Nevada and Hawaii cooperative marketing teams join 40 other such groups across North America in supporting Best Western’s national brand advertising and promotional efforts every year through customized regional activity. Information on the cooperatives participating in this promotion can be found at www.bestwesterncalifornia.com, www.bestwesternnevada.com and www.bestwesternhawaii.com.

Best Western International is THE WORLD’S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN(R) with more than 4,100 hotels in 80 countries and territories. It is a membership association of independently owned and operated hotels that provides marketing, reservations and operational support to its members.

(*) Rate subject to availability

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