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Westmark Hotels to Open Six Alaska Hotels for
May through September Summer Season

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SEATTLE, March 25, 2005 - Westmark Hotels, a subsidiary of Holland America Line, announces Open Season on Alaskan Hospitality. The largest hotel group in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, with 11 hotels in 10 communities, provides a mountain of services to business and leisure tour travelers. Six properties -- located in Skagway, Tok, Denali, Whitehorse (Klondike Inn), Dawson City and Beaver Creek are open mid-May through mid-September. Travelers to Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Whitehorse and Sitka will find a warm Northern welcome 12 months a year.

"Westmark Hotels is committed to Alaska and the Yukon," said Steve Leonard, Vice President, Westmark Hotels. "Five properties -- Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Whitehorse and Sitka -- are open year round. We cater to business and tourist travelers who want the best of the Great Land."

Westmark Inn at Beaver Creek -- Traditionally the roadhouse, this property was an integral part of the social fabric of the Northwest providing lodging, meals and news of the era. This tradition is kept alive at the Westmark Inn Beaver Creek where travelers also enjoy comfortable lodgings and the popular Rendezvous Dinner Show May 19 to September 12, 2005.

Westmark Inn Dawson City -- The newly renovated Westmark Inn in Dawson City provides visitors with spacious and comfortable accommodations just blocks from legendary Diamond Tooth Gertie's gambling hall in the heart of this lively gold rush community. The hotel is open for summer travelers from May 19 through September 13, 2005.

Westmark Klondike Inn -- This Whitehorse landmark, located in the historic capital of the Yukon Territory, is the ideal base for excursions to the many tourist attractions nearby - the Yukon Gardens, the McBride Museum, the SS Klondike National Historic Site and more. The Inn is open to summer travelers from May 20 to September 7, 2005.

Westmark Inn Skagway -- The mere mention of Skagway brings to mind those rough and ready days of Jack London and miners scrambling over the Chilkoot Trail in search of golden dreams and elusive riches. The Westmark Inn, open May 21 to September 10, 2005, reflects the charm and personality of those days with Victorian decor, rustic setting and warm Alaskan hospitality.

Westmark Tok -- The town of Tok is the first community inside the U.S.  border along the famous Alaska Highway. The hotel, open from May 19 to September 14, 2005, offers an inviting retreat for travelers heading north to Fairbanks or southwest to Anchorage.

About the Westmark Hotels
Westmark Hotels operates the largest hotel chain in Alaska/Yukon with 11 hotels and inns in communities across the region.  The chain is a member of the Holland America Line family of companies, the largest and most experienced tour and cruise operator in Alaska and the Yukon.  Celebrating its 57th year as the leader in Alaska travel in 2005, Holland America will have seven ships offering a record number of cruises with more departures featuring Glacier Bay National Park than any other cruise line. The line's CruiseTour itineraries offer more time in Denali National Park than any other tour company. All 28 CruiseTours include the complete six-hour Denali Wilderness Tour for 71% more wildlife viewing and better Mt. McKinley viewpoints.


 
Contact:
Rose Abello
Holland America Line, Inc.
Phone: 206-281-3535
pr@hollandamerica.com
http://www.westmarkhotels.com
Also See: The 101 room Shee Atika Hotel in Sitka, Alaska Has New Owners, New Name - The Westmark Sitka / October 2004
Randy Kaer Renovating a Former Westmark Hotel In Anchorage, Alaska; Will be Howard Johnson Franchise / April 2003


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