The Best Western Aku Tiki Inn Hires New Director of Sales

Top Quote Daytona Beach, Florida oceanfront resort welcomes Kellie Gustin to their team. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 26, 2019 - The Best Western Aku Tiki Inn is pleased to announce their new director of sales, Kellie Gustin. Ms. Gustin brings her experience and expertise to the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn. Her background includes a variety of roles at the Halifax Plantation Golf Club, the Daytona Beach Hilton, the Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center and the Plaza Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida. During her 8-year tenure at the Plaza Resort and Spa, her developmental growth and past experience prospered into multiple leadership roles including Lead Banquet Supervisor, Convention Services Manager, and Group Sales Manager, specifically focusing on the social, military, educational, religious and fraternal market segments (SMERF market segments). During this role, her responsibilities grew as she began traveling nationally to represent the Plaza Resort and Spa as well as the city of Daytona Beach, Florida. Throughout her 15-year career, she has accumulated global relationships within a variety of organizations which has now led her to join the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn as the new Director of Sales.

    Diab Bannout, General Manager for the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn, stated, “Ms. Gustin’s positivity, daily enthusiasm, and profit building business mind set make her an excellent fit for this position. We are happy to welcome her to our team!”

    Gustin stated, “I am very proud to be a part of the leadership team at the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn. This resort is a long-time staple in the Daytona Beach area. I am excited to begin this new journey, where together we can uphold the high standards of quality and assurance within our property and community that the brand represents.”

    The Best Western Aku Tiki Inn offers a variety of amenities for their guests. They never charge a resort fee and their rates always include a daily hot breakfast buffet, a complimentary daily cocktail hour, high-speed wi-fi internet access, fresh baked cookies, and free parking all included in their daily rate. This ocean front hotel also features an on-site restaurant, tiki bar, ocean front pool, a kiddie pool, a family recreation area and on-site fitness center.

    Traders Restaurant is on-site at the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn and hosts the morning breakfast buffet. Breakfast is served daily from 7am until 10am. Selections change daily and feature entrees such as two types of scrambled eggs, a selection of breakfast meats, biscuits and sausage gravy, pancakes or waffles, oatmeal or grits, breakfast potatoes, various cereals, breakfast breads, croissants, homemade rolls and doughnut holes, yogurt toppings of blueberries, strawberries, and granola, apples, oranges, bananas, fruit salad, milk, orange juice, apple juice, cranberry juice, regular and decaf coffee, and hot tea.

    The daily meet and greet cocktail hour takes place nightly in Traders Restaurant and Tiki Lounge from 4:30pm until 5:30pm. Bud Light Draft, Copper Ridge Chardonnay, White Zinfandel and Cabernet along with house brand mixed drinks are included for guests staying at the hotel. A selection of Coca-Cola brand sodas is also available.

    Traders also offers an extensive menu of lunch and dinner options for guests. The restaurant overlooks the oceanfront pool deck. Menu options include crispy chicken tenders, club cobb salad, Kobe beef sliders, fish and chips basket, mahi tacos, drunken shrimp bowl, black and blue burger, prime rib dipper, steak or chicken philly, steak and shrimp, island barbecued ribs, broiled haddock, pizza, soup and salad, and more. Prime rib nights are offered every Friday and Saturday night.

    The Best Western Aku Tiki Inn welcomes solo travelers, families, and groups. A variety of room choices are available. Standard guest rooms feature a micro-refrigerator and coffee maker with a starter pack of coffee. Rooms with a kitchenette feature a 4-burner range with oven, a full-sized refrigerator with ice maker, microwave oven, toaster, coffee maker with a starter pack of coffee, cookware and dinnerware for four. All guest rooms have either a private balcony or patio. All of the rooms are 390 plus square feet. Guests may select a north ocean view, an ocean/pool view, or an ocean front view.

    A long-time family favorite, the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn is an award winning, island-style retreat on a breath-taking stretch of Daytona Beach's world-famous shoreline and includes 132 deluxe guest rooms, including 57 efficiencies. To book a beach getaway, travelers should call 1-800-258-8454 or book online at

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