I think it would be a great idea to be honest. It means the membership base will double and resulting in a lot more voices to to express their opinions and suggestions to help the chain (members) going forward.

International hotels are now entering Australia with mid range branding and if we don't act now, we will be forced to join their networks to get the international visitors to stay at our motels. I am pretty sure that it would cost a lot more to become members of the larger networks than the Budget/Golden Chain membership. Will the benefits outweigh the costs? I don't know.

This is a very interesting topic and i look forward to reading other forum members thoughts even if you are not part of the chains.