News Release

Nine Spokane Hotels Celebrate Frontline Staff with International Housekeepers Week Olympics Sept. 9

September 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT

What:        Spokane Housekeeping Olympics
                   #SpoHotelOly13

When:       Monday, Sept. 9, 3:30-5pm

Where:     Red Lion Hotel at the Park
                   Skyline Ballroom
                   303 W. North River Drive, Spokane, WA  99201

Who:         Housekeeping staff from Red Lion Hotel at the Park; Red Lion River Inn; The Davenport Hotel Collection; Doubletree Hotel Spokane City
                   Center; Comfort Inn; Courtyard by Marriott; Holiday Inn Express Spokane Downtown; Holiday Inn Express Spokane Valley and Oxford Suites
                   Spokane Downtown.

SPOKANE, Wash., Sept. 6, 2013 – Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane will host nine local hotels participating in the Spokane Housekeeping Olympics in honor of International Housekeepers Week, Sept. 8-13, 2013.  The event will be held at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park Skyline Ballroom, 303 W. North River Drive, on Sept. 9, 3:30-5pm.

“Housekeepers are a hard working group of individuals whose primary focus is to make our guests feel comfortable when they are away from home,” said Dominic Longo, Corporate Director of Housekeeping at Red Lion Hotels. “We thought it would be fun to bring in our neighboring hotels for a friendly competition.”

A Bed Making Competition, Mop Race, Vacuum Race, Buffer Pad Toss and Spirit Competition will be the five events judged by an independent panel.  The housekeeping staff from the Red Lion Hotel at the Park; Red Lion River Inn; The Davenport Hotel Collection; Doubletree Hotel Spokane City Center; Comfort Inn; Courtyard by Marriott; Holiday Inn Express Spokane Downtown; Holiday Inn Express Spokane Valley and Oxford Suites Spokane Downtown will all be competing, with additional staff from the hotels there to cheer on their respective teams.  Teams winning first place for the competition will earn a trophy and second and third places will earn medals.

International Housekeepers Week began in 1981 with the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA). The group set out ”to focus attention and recognition on the professional housekeepers working in facilities such as hospitals, hotels, state facilities, colleges/schools, and many others who maintain a cleaner, safer, healthier environment for us all each and every day,” according to their website.

About Red Lion Hotels Corporation:

Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality company primarily engaged in the franchising, ownership and operation of hotels located in ten states and one Canadian province. As of August 8, 2013, the company has 52 hotels system wide. The Red Lion Hotels and Red Lion Inn & Suites network is comprised of 50 hotels with 8,903 rooms and 462,135 square feet of meeting space. The Leo Hotel Collection is comprised of two hotels with 3,256 rooms and 241,000 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 www.redlion.com.

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Contact: Pam Scott
Red Lion Hotels Corporation
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