AMERICAS BEST VALUE INN: 700 IN SEVEN YEARS

In what is surely the fastest growth curve in the history of the U.S. hotel business, Americas Best Value Inn last month added its 700th property, a feat the membership chain accomplished in seven years.

“No matter what you're measuring, 0 to 700 is fast by any standard,” says Roger Bloss, CEO, president and founder of Americas Best Value Inn. “But to reach the 700 mark so quickly shows there is real value for the brand, from the standpoint of the hotel owners as well as consumers.”

Led by ABVI Marketing Director Peter Frantz and Northeast Development Director Dan Sweigert, a contingent of chain officials recently honored the 700th and latest property, the Americas Best Value Inn in Sandusky, OH, a resort region in the northwest part of the state.

The 100-room, two-diamond hotel had been a Ramada. Family-owned Ruta Hotels owns and manages the inn. The company has 12 properties in the Sandusky region. This is the firm's first ABVI.

Since its founding in 1999, ABVI has been on the fast growth track. Last May, Lodging Hospitality honored ABVI, a unit of Vantage Hospitality, as the fastest growing hotel chain in the U.S for the fourth year in a row.

Last year, Vantage introduced The Lexington Collection, a membership group geared to three- and four-star properties. It recently added a 1,000-room resort property, a former Hyatt in Orlando, to its fold.

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