Red Lion Hotels Corporation Announces Management Additions in Project Management and Operations

SPOKANE, Wash., June 23 // PRNewswire-FirstCall // -- Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH) announced today that Paul Bolton has joined its team as Vice President, Design, Construction and Engineering. He assumes the responsibility for all aspects of hotel facilities including design, construction, engineering services and development of existing and newly-converted Red Lion hotels. He will report to George Schweitzer, the company's Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations.

Anupam Narayan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Lion Hotels Corporation, commented, "Paul comes to our company with a wealth of experience in both the hospitality industry and construction." Most recently, Mr. Bolton served as Senior Project Manager of Design and Construction with Sunstone Hotels. Some of the more notable projects he handled were the W hotel in San Diego, New York's Hilton Times Square, and the Long Beach Renaissance Hotel. Prior to his work at Sunstone, Mr. Bolton served as a general contractor in three states, operating his own construction and design company.

Mr. Narayan concluded, "Paul has a long history with Red Lion, having spent 17 years in design, construction and maintenance with the brand prior to 1997. I look forward to his leadership in this area."

Red Lion Hotels Corporation also announced today that John Rogers joined the company as Vice President, Hotel Operations. He will be assuming responsibility for operations at some of our key hotels including those in Spokane, Denver, and Salt Lake City. He also reports to Schweitzer.

Mr. Narayan noted, "John comes to Red Lion with much experience, but most of all a true passion and enthusiasm that personifies our mission of providing personalized and exuberant service." Most recently, Mr. Rogers served as Vice President at Hart Hotels, where he oversaw that company's vacation club operations and condominium hotels. Prior to that, he served as Regional Vice President for Sunstone Hotels, overseeing 10 of that company's properties and serving as Sunstone's liaison for Marriott Hotels. Mr. Narayan continued, "Like Paul Bolton, John is also a former Red Lion employee, having started with the brand in 1979. We are excited to have a person with his commitment to service return to the 'Pride'."

About Red Lion Hotels Corporation:

Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality and leisure company primarily engaged in the ownership, operation and franchising of upscale and midscale hotels under its Red Lion(R) brand. As of March 31, 2008 the RLH hotel network was comprised of 53 hotels located in nine states and one Canadian province, with 9,266 rooms and 441,640 square feet of meeting space. The company also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. For more information, please visit the company's website at

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, economic cycles; international conflicts; changes in future demand and supply for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with franchisees and properties; impact of government regulations; ability to obtain financing; changes in energy, healthcare, insurance and other operating expenses; ability to sell non-core assets; ability to locate lessees for rental property; dependency upon the ability and experience of executive officers and ability to retain or replace such officers as well as other matters discussed in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and in other documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE Red Lion Hotels Corporation


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