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Interstate Signs Management Contract to Operate the 402-room
Radisson Plaza Hotel Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 
Will Convert the Hotel to the Sheraton Flag


ARLINGTON, Va., September 28, 2005—Interstate Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: IHR), the nation’s largest independent hotel management company, today announced that it has signed a management contract to operate the 402-room Radisson Plaza Hotel Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  Interstate will assume management on September 28, 2005, and immediately convert the hotel to the Sheraton flag.  The hotel’s new name will be Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

“This two-year-old hotel is in great physical condition, and we believe it will benefit significantly from our aggressive management style and participation in the Sheraton system,” said Thomas F. Hewitt, Interstate chief executive officer.   “We have extensive expertise in operating convention- and meeting-oriented hotels, and already are marshalling our regional and national sales teams to provide immediate support.”

The Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel is located at 2101 North Oak, three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, and is connected directly to the 250,000-square-foot Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  The adjacent convention center offers 17 meeting rooms, a 17,000 square-foot grand ballroom and a 100,000-square-foot exhibition hall, which can accommodate conventions and meetings for up to 10,000 people.

“The property is just three blocks from Broadway by the Beach, the city’s prime retail, entertainment and restaurant complex,” General Manager Suzanne Hinde noted.  “The weather in Myrtle Beach creates an ideal destination for meetings year-round.  The area offers more than 100 golf courses, beautiful beaches and nature preserves, as well as numerous other attractions.”

The hotel features an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center and a full-service, upscale restaurant.  Guest rooms will feature all of the brand’s signature amenities, including the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, high-speed Internet access and oversized desks.  Guests can participate in the Starwood Preferred Guest program.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts operates nearly 300 hospitality properties with more than 68,000 rooms in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Russia.  BridgeStreet Worldwide, an Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ subsidiary, is one of the world’s largest corporate housing providers.  BridgeStreet and its network of Global Partners offer more than 8,700 corporate apartments located in 91 MSAs throughout the United States and internationally.  

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.  


Melissa Thompson
Vice President, Corporate Communications
(703) 387-3377

Also See: Sheraton Edges Past Hyatt as Likely Next Operator of the Struggling Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel / April 2005
Interstate Hotels & Resorts Hopes to Take over Operations of the 2½-year-old Former Radisson at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center; Hotel Will Run as a Sheraton / July 2005

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