SPOKANE, Wash. - WestCoast Hospitality Corporation (NYSE: WEH) today announced its hotel General Managers and Directors of Sales will be sleeping on the same beds that their guests sleep in. At the WestCoast Hospitality Corporation Annual Conference for Red Lion Hotels and WestCoast Hotels held at the Red Lion Hanalei in San Diego, California, General Managers and Directors of Sales were presented with their own "Stay Comfortable" beds -- the very same beds used in the hotels they operate.
"We are so confident that our "Stay Comfortable" beds provide our guests with a great night's sleep that we are sending them home with our General Managers and Directors of Sales," said John Taffin, Executive Vice President for Hotel Operations. "I spend many nights a year in our hotels and I love these pillow top beds so much that I bought one for my home!" In presenting the beds at the conference, Mr. Taffin noted to the recipients: "The best way to bring your work home with you is to own the very 'Stay Comfortable' bed you ask your guests to sleep in every night."
Red Lion Hotels introduced the "Stay Comfortable" room package earlier this year. The package includes deluxe pillow top mattresses, upgraded linens and pillows and triple sheeting, new carpeting and free high speed wireless internet in many of its guest rooms. The initiative has been very successful and the company intends to implement it in 100% of the rooms in its owned hotels in 2005.
WestCoast Hospitality Corporation is a hospitality and leisure company primarily engaged in the ownership, management, development and franchising of mid-scale, full service hotels under its WestCoast® and Red Lion® brands. 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. G&B Real Estate Services, its real estate division, engages in traditional real estate-related services, including developing, managing and brokering sales and leases of commercial and multi-unit residential properties.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities law, including statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, projections of future events or performance and underlying assumptions (many of which are based, in turn upon further assumptions). The forward-looking statements in this press release are inherently subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, matters discussed in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the 2003 fiscal year and in other documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Date: December 20, 2004
Contact: Julie Langenheim
Title: Executive Services and Investor Relations Manager