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 Michael Krouse Joins Interstate Hotels & Resorts
as VP, Sales & Marketing, West Coast


ARLINGTON, Va., October 19, 2004 — Interstate Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: IHR), the nation’s largest independent hotel management company, today announced that Michael Krouse, has joined the company as vice president, sales and marketing, West Coast.  

In the position, he will oversee all sales and marketing activities for a diverse portfolio of the company’s managed hotel properties, ranging from the Renaissance Ilikai in Hawaii to a number of Hilton hotels in Arizona and California.  

Prior to joining Interstate he was director of sales and marketing at the landmark, 683-room Millennium Biltmore hotel in Los Angeles.  He spent the previous 10 years with Hilton Hotels Corporation, rising through the ranks to marketing and sales positions of increasing scope and responsibility at a range of Hilton properties, culminating in his being named regional director responsible for 22 properties.

“Michael’s combination of property-level, regional and corporate sales and marketing experience make him the ideal choice for this position,” said Sean Worker, Interstate senior vice president, sales.  “As a 15-year hospitality marketing veteran, Michael has achieved an impressive record of success and will add significant depth to our sales and marketing team.”

Krouse is a Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive (CHME) and a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), and a member of a number of professional hospitality organizations, including the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, the Anaheim/Orange County Area Visitor and Convention Bureau, Meeting Planners International, the International Society of Meeting Planners, the Society of Government Meeting Planners, the National Tour Association, the American Society of Association Executives and the Professional Convention Management Association.  

Interstate Hotels & Resorts operates approximately 270 hospitality properties with more than 60,000 rooms in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Russia, and Portugal.  BridgeStreet Corporate Housing Worldwide, an Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ subsidiary, is one of the world’s largest corporate housing providers. 

This press release contains "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about Interstate Hotels & Resorts, including those statements regarding future operating results and the timing and composition of revenues, among others, and statements containing words such as "expects," "believes" or "will," which indicate that those statements are forward-looking. 

Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Melissa Thompson
Vice President, Corporate Communications
(703) 387-3377
Also See: Bruce Riggins Joins Interstate Hotels & Resorts as Senior Vice President and Treasurer / September 2004
Terry Alder Named Vice President of Operations and Hunter Webster Named Vice President of Revenue Management for Interstate Hotels & Resorts / January 2004

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