By Hugo Martin
10:00 AM CST, January 6, 2013
National Rifle Assn. critics are blasting two of the world's biggest hotel companies because they give discounts to NRA members.
A global advocacy site, Avaaz.org, has urged its followers to go on Facebook and sound off against Best Western International and Wyndham Hotel Group for affiliating with the NRA. (Avaaz means "voice" in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages.)
Wyndham operates the Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Travelodge and Howard Johnson hotels, among others. Best Western is one of the world's largest hospitality chains, with more than 4,000 hotels in about 100 countries.
"It's time for mainstream companies like Wyndham Hotels to get out of bed with the extremist NRA," said Joseph Huff-Hannon, a senior campaigner at Avaaz.
On Facebook, Wyndham has responded to negative comments about its connection to the NRA with the following statement:
“Wyndham Worldwide is a hospitality company focused on our service promise to be responsive, be respectful and deliver great experiences to our customers, guests, partners and communities, as well as to each other. As part of our Company's core values, we serve diverse individuals and organizations."
Best Western has not responded to the Facebook criticism but it has received some comments of support for its NRA connections.
"Thanks for supporting the Constitution and the NRA," one person wrote on the hotel's Facebook page.
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