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Press Release24 May 2019

Best Western® Hotels & Resorts' Board Chairman, Anthony Klok, Named 2019 IHLA Ambassador Of Hospitality

Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association Honored Chairman Klok’s Contributions to the Industry at Association Luncheon on Tuesday, May 21st 2019

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Phoenix, Arizona - Best Western® Hotels & Resorts today announced that Chairman of the Board Anthony "Tony" Klok has been named 2019 Ambassador of Hospitality by the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA). The Ambassador of Hospitality Awards champion four individuals who advocate for the greater good for the hotel community and those it serves. Celebrating his many career accomplishments, as well as his immeasurable contributions to Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Klok's recognition is a significant accomplishment for the hospitality industry veteran.


Each year, the IHLA Award Selection Committee identifies individuals who have influenced the hotel industry in Illinois, are active in advocacy, promote associate engagement and support of IHLA's missions. The IHLA hosted the Annual Hospitality Awards Luncheon at McCormick Place in Conjunction with the Annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show on Tuesday May 21st.

"We are delighted to see Chairman Klok's incredible accomplishments recognized with this esteemed accolade," said David Kong, President and CEO, Best Western Hotels & Resorts. "The Ambassador of Hospitality is truly fitting for a professional like Tony, whose forward-thinking and innovative mindset makes an impact on his own business, our work at Best Western and the industry as a whole."

A University of Illinois Champaign graduate, Klok began his career in hospitality as Co-Founder and Principal of the successful Rebel Hospitality, which boasts development of 15 independent boutique and brand hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues in Chicago and Memphis.

Throughout his career, Klok has had far-reaching involvement in a number of hospitality associations, including the IHLA, the DePaul University School of Hospitality Advisory Board and the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce. Klok's deep industry knowledge led to his election to Best Western's Board of Directors in 2013 to represent the interests of Best Western hotel owners in eight states and provinces in the Midwestern United States and Canada, from Ontario to Kentucky. In 2018, Klok was elected by the Board of Directors to lead as Board Chairman of Best Western Hotels & Resorts in 2019.

"We are thrilled to give our most prestigious awards to Illinois' deserving recipients who have made significant contributions to the hospitality industry statewide. This 2019 class of influential leaders join a legacy of honorees who have made a significant impact on our industry," said Michael Jacobson, IHLA President and CEO.

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About Best Western® Hotels & Resorts

Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 18 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through acquisition, WorldHotelsTM Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive and WorldHotels Crafted collections are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay StudioSM franchises**. For more information visit,, and

* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

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