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WestCoast Hospitality and Red Lion Hotels Recognized
For Unique Community Service Programs


July 5, 2005 - WestCoast Hospitality Corporation (NYSE: WEH) and Red Lion Hotels recently received the Association of Washington Business’ 2005 Community Service Awards for “Helping Others in Need.”  The two programs that received recognition were the Hospital CARE’s Program and the Caring for Others In Need (COIN) Fund.

Hospital CAREs Program
Through Red Lion’s Hospital CAREs program, individual hotels partner with the social services department of nearby hospitals to donate guest rooms to patients’ families who otherwise might have no place to stay.  In 2004 alone, Red Lion Hotels donated over $150,000 in free guest rooms through this program.

Caring for Others in Need (COIN) Fund
WestCoast Hospitality also has a long tradition of assisting its own associates during times of need.  WestCoast associates donate funds through payroll deductions to the “Caring for Others In Need (COIN) Fund which is made available to associates in times of emergencies and personal hardships.

“WestCoast Hospitality has done much to help members of the community who are in need and we’re pleased to recognize their efforts through these unique programs.  They have made a real difference in the communities they serve,” said Don Brunell, President, Association of Washington Business.

WestCoast Hospitality  was also recognized by the Washington Society of Association Executives (WSAE) for their Team Red program, a grassroots initiative developed by Red Lion & WestCoast Hotels.  Team Red represents an ongoing commitment to making communities a better place to live, work and conduct business and allows Red Lion and WestCoast hotel associates a way to give back to the community in a very personal and tangible way.  It includes giving time, ideas, hard work and sweat to communities in every market that the hotels serve.  The program unites associates, community volunteers and community leaders to tackle the kinds of efforts that are important to their cities and towns.  Projects have ranged from sprucing up and refurbishing homes, recreational centers, churches, parks, schools and neighborhoods to helping to build affordable housing and  working to develop long-term community-based programs with partners such as a zoo, an arts council, a science museum, an educational foundation and others.

Steve Francks, President of WSAE said, “It is a pleasure for WSAE to recognize the fine work of WestCoast Hospitality and Red Lion Hotels, and to thank them for being a model of ongoing giving and caring.  By serving the community, as well as its direct customers, Red Lion is truly helping make a better world.”

WestCoast Hospitality Corporation (NYSE:WEH) is a hospitality and leisure company primarily engaged in the ownership, management, development and franchising of upper mid-scale, full service hotels under its Red Lion® and WestCoast® brands. In addition, through its entertainment division, which includes its, Inc. subsidiary, it engages in event ticket distribution and promotes and presents a variety of entertainment productions. G&B Real Estate Services, its real estate division, engages in traditional real estate-related services, including developing, managing and acting as a broker for sales and leases of commercial and multi-unit residential properties.


Julie Langenheim
Investor Relations Manager
Phone:  509-777-6322

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