Best Western hotels have been a feature in the United Kingdom for over 30 years and have built up a portfolio of over 290 properties. As a company, Best Western GB itself only has around 150 direct employees. However, their member hotels provide hundreds of full and part time jobs throughout the country.
The brand was started in a small way by a handful of independent hoteliers who decided to cooperate with each other in order to build up all of their individual businesses. By creating a successful referral network between themselves, the Interchange Hotels link attracted more and more hotels into their fold.
Although they are a part of the bigger American firm Best Western International, the GB version has carved out a very successful path on its own terms, claiming to be the ‘largest group of independently owned and managed hotels in the world.’
Parent company Best Western International in Phoenix, Arizona has over 4,000 hotels and other lodgings and operates in over 80 countries around the world. They have a longer history than Best Western GB, with roots dating back to 1946.
The hotel chain is basically a franchise business model, albeit with a large degree of individuality maintained by each member hotel. They can keep their own name and hotel style, but must make use of Best Western branding and advertise themselves as part of the group. The member hotels pay an annual fee for each of their rooms to Best Western, along with an initial charge to sign up. They do, however, generally maintain ownership of their property themselves.
Well, if there is a Best Western hotel somewhere near where you are studying (or in your hometown) then it is always worth calling in to see if they have any current opportunities. Likewise, you could try to find out if the member hotels have their own website and check if they have a vacancies, jobs or careers section within their own pages.
You can find a complete list of all current Best Western hotels in the United Kingdom on this page of their website.
There is a vast range of job descriptions on offer at Best Western hotels. You could find almost any sort of hospitality or catering job within one of their hotels. Just a few options include chefs, waiters, concierges, cocktails, receptionists, cleaners, housekeepers, fitness staff, bartenders and valets.
For all of those types of front of house roles, you can well imagine that you will need to be strong in your customer service skills if you want to hold down a full or part time job at a Best Western hotel. Make sure you spruce up your CV with any previous experience you may have in customer service, dealing with the public, catering, hospitality or teamwork before you make any application to one of their hotels.
Best Western International also have their own worldwide job search facility for both hotel positions and careers in the support section of the business. You can search by country and by the sort of vacancy you are looking for and choose between management and non-management positions. You can find that Best Western hotel jobs search facility by clicking here.
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