It was the lure of the Great Ocean Road that brought Robyn and David Ritchie to beautiful Apollo Bay, where they now own the local Best Western, the largest property between Lorne and Warrnambool on Victoria’s spectacular west coast. Read more about ‘Creating A Quality Experience in Apollo Bay’
Tourism is on a roll in Rotorua, New Zealand, and John and Kitty Davis are right in the middle of it. Literally.
They own Best Western Braeside Rotorua, just a few minutes’ walk to many major tourist attractions, and have witnessed the rapid evolution of the beautiful lakeside city’s tourism industry over the past few years.
Read more about ‘Rotorua Becomes Home For a Hospitable Couple’
Family, football and food!
These are the driving passions of Simon Marchant, quite possibly the most positive and upbeat member of Best Western Australasia’s management team. Read more about ‘Simon Says, Smile.’
It’s funny how things happen.
Leon Wood got into hospitality in his home town of Taupo, New Zealand, so he’d have the money and time to train as a commercial pilot.
The idea was he’d work split shifts and fly in the middle of the day on his downtime.
“Treat everyone as you would like to be treated yourself.”
That’s the first piece of advice Peter and Kathy Boland – who own Best Western Cattle City Motor Inn in Rockhampton – received when starting out in the hospitality industry many years ago.
Lyn Lewis is a country girl who, after a lengthy stint in the big smoke of Melbourne, is now back where she belongs, though not where she intended.
But that’s ok because Lyn and her husband John love their new life in Victoria’s western districts, where they own and run the Best Western Hamilton Lakeside Motel.
Little did she know at the time but Karen Baldwin had the perfect training for her hospitality career from a very early age.
Her parents were deaf and, as the eldest of four children, Karen was relied on to solve communication issues; translating, liaising, ensuring no misunderstandings, keeping everyone happy.
Betty and Peter Corby have only been in Mittagong since December, but they already feel right at home.
The Southern Highlands town – famous for its gardens – is that kind of place; the people are friendly and it’s beautiful too.
Vicki Rabjohns now runs one of the best properties in the Best Western network but that wasn’t always the case…
It was just before Easter, 1980, when Vicki and three generations of her family – led by patriarch Pop, a 5’ 2” dynamo known as Pee Wee – landed in Goulburn to start a new life running a motel on what was then the Hume Highway, the main route between Sydney and Melbourne.