and Expansion of Red Lion Kalispell Center Hotel
|KALISPELL, Mont., June 26, 2006 - Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE:
RLH) has taken another major step in the significant capital improvement
program of its hotels with the extensive renovation, expansion and re-branding
of the WestCoast Kalispell Center Hotel, now known as the Red Lion Hotel
As the Red Lion brand's new flagship hotel in Montana, the downtown property celebrates the beauty and flavor of the Flathead Valley region -- the popular vacation destination and gateway to Glacier National Park -- and its historic western town setting. This project was completed as part of Red Lion Hotels Corporation's plan to renovate and upgrade its owned and leased hotels throughout the western United States to enhance the guest experience.
The expansion and renovation of the Red Lion Hotel Kalispell -- which began last October -- includes:
The former WestCoast Kalispell Center Hotel rebranded as a Red Lion Hotel following a $5 million renovation
The official grand opening ceremony of the Red Lion Hotel Kalispell will take place today, June 26th at 1 p.m., with Mayor Pam Kennedy of Kalispell and Joe Unterreiner, President, Kalispell Area Chamber of Commerce, cutting the ribbon and other dignitaries from the community in attendance. Red Lion Hotels Corporation executives to attend include Arthur M. Coffey, President and CEO; John Taffin, Executive Vice President, Hotel Operations; Tom McKeirnan, Sr. Vice President and Corporate Counsel; and Tom Maier, Vice President, Operations.
Commenting on the completion of the Red Lion Hotel Kalispell, Arthur M. Coffey said, "Kalispell is a growing tourism and business destination and the perfect location to showcase the Red Lion brand's high quality of accommodations and service."
Mayor Kennedy said, "By investing in this hotel, Red Lion Hotels Corporation has shown its commitment to the successful future of our downtown Kalispell community. The Red Lion Hotel Kalispell will help drive economic vibrancy in our region by providing excellent lodging, meeting and dining for members of our community and for visitors to our region for years to come."
As a model for the brand's recently introduced "Stay Comfortable" experience -- which provides guests with a high level of comfort, service, and extensive upgrades and improvements throughout the hotel -- the Red Lion Hotel Kalispell offers a unique combination of location, accommodations, meeting space, retail, entertainment and dining options. For example, free high-speed wireless Internet access is standard in all guestrooms and throughout the hotel. Also, the hotel's seasonal recreational hotel packages offer a variety of local activities, including trips to Glacier National Park, guided fishing trips and boating on Flathead Lake, golf outings, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and skiing in the mountains.
The Red Lion Kalispell Center Hotel is an anchor to the Kalispell Center Mall. The Kalispell Center Mall is currently undergoing many improvements and additions to provide the Flathead Valley community with diverse retail, entertainment and dining options in downtown Kalispell.
About Red Lion Hotels Corporation
Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality and leisure company primarily engaged in the ownership, management, development and franchising of mid-scale and upscale full service hotels under its Red Lion® brand. As of March 31, 2006, the Red Lion hotel network was comprised of 61 hotels located in 10 states and one Canadian province, with 10,687 rooms and 521,537 square feet of meeting space. In addition, through its entertainment division, which includes its TicketsWest.com, Inc. subsidiary, it engages in event ticket distribution and promotes and presents a variety of entertainment productions. For more information, visit http://www.redlion.com.
|Also See:||WestCoast Hospitality to Continue with Ownership and Expansion of Kalispell Center Mall and WestCoast Kalispell Hotel / July 2003|
|WestCoast Hospitality Sells 50% Interest in its WestCoast Kalispell Center Hotel to GVD Commercial Properties, Inc.; Will Expand, Renovate and Rebrand Hotel to Red Lion / July 2005|