Best Western eBay Auction Delivers New, Exciting Packages Weekly at Special Savings

Proceeds to Benefit American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

PHOENIX, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Best Western, the world’s largest hotel chain, continues to introduce a variety of exclusive travel packages and specialty items to its signature eBay auction, with proceeds benefiting American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief efforts*. In the coming days, visitors to www.bestwestern.com can click on the Hurricane Katrina Auction link to view and bid on everything from international travel to professional sporting events and consumer electronics.

Sample offerings include:

Tour of Ireland – Eight-night package; includes two nights at the Best Western Flannerys Hotel in Galway; two nights at the Best Western Pery’s Hotel in Limerick; two nights at the Best Western Ambassador Hotel in Cork City; and two nights at the Best Western Granville Hotel in Waterford. Available for bidding: Oct. 14-24.

NASCAR Luxury Suite Race Package – Includes two passes to the Best Western suite for the NASCAR Busch Series O’Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, November 5, 2005. Winner will also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the garage area and have a chance to meet driver Michael Waltrip. Also includes a two-night stay at a Best Western hotel in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Available for bidding: Now-Oct. 9.

Chicago Cubs Baseball Package – Two terrace reserve tickets to Chicago Cubs game (2006 season); includes pre-game photo from the Cubs’ on-deck circle, and a personal welcome on the Wrigley Field message board during the game. Also includes one-night suite accommodations at the Best Western Hawthorne Terrace Hotel. Available for bidding: Now-Oct. 10.

Black iPod Nano – Plays music and photo slideshows. Provides up to 14 hours of music playback with rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Includes earphones. Available for bidding: Oct. 7-17.

“Through the generous support of our member hotels and corporate partners, we have assembled an incredible array of unique items that offers something for everyone,” said David Kong, Best Western president and CEO. “Whether planning a vacation, or getting an early start on holiday shopping, visitors can earn great savings while supporting the American Red Cross in its efforts to assist the hurricane victims.”

A total of 40 new items will be introduced on Friday, Oct. 7. Additional packages and products will be rolled out every few days until the auction’s conclusion on Monday, Oct. 31. The program, which launched on Sept. 16, is expected to feature more than 300 total offerings during its six-week run.

Shoppers should also be on the lookout for the following items coming soon to the Best Western eBay Auction:

Down Under Travel Package – Five-night trip to Australia; stay at the Best Western hotels of your choice (subject to availability).

Romantic Tahoe Getaway – One-night stay at the Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn in Truckee, CA. Package includes dinner for two at the Cottonwood Restaurant, a bottle of wine from the Truckee River Winery and a box of truffles from Sweets Homemade Candies.

Richard Petty Driving Experience – Ride along in an authentic NASCAR-style stock car driven by a professional instructor; features a simulated three-lap NASCAR qualifying run at speeds up to 165 mph.

The Best Western eBay Auction is part of “Best Western for a Better World,” a multi-faceted community service program dedicated to providing assistance to Best Western neighbors in cities and countries across the globe. Through financial contributions, product donations and volunteer activities, Best Western, its members, employees and guests work together throughout the year, making a difference by helping those in need.

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.

*Proceeds from the auction (85 percent of final sales price) will be donated by Best Western for a Better World to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. For further information, visit www.bestwestern.com.

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