It's Open Season at Westmark Hotels in Alaska/Yukon

Westmark Hotels, a subsidiary of Holland America Line, announces open season on Alaskan Hospitality. A new 135-room lodge in Denali will be unveiled May 19, 2006, just in time to host Holland America Line CruiseTour, Gray Line of Alaska and independent guests.

The 44-room addition at Westmark Dawson City is also ready for guests. Westmark Hotels is the largest hotel group in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, with 11 hotels in 10 communities, providing services to business and leisure tour travelers. Six properties — located in Skagway, Tok, Denali, Whitehorse (Klondike Inn), Dawson City and Beaver Creek are open mid-May through mid-September. Travelers to Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Whitehorse and Sitka will find a warm Northern welcome 12 months a year.

“Westmark Hotel’s new lodge in Denali ensures that we have ample comfortable rooms for our guests,” said Steve Leonard, Vice President, Westmark Hotels. “The lodge will be very destination appropriate, built with stone and timber and painted in a warm color scheme. All guests staying at this property will have access to all the facilities at McKinley Chalets.”

This new three-story property will be managed by Aramark, who also manages McKinley Chalets in Denali, a property that Holland America Line and Gray Line Tour has been booking guests at for years.

“Westmark Hotels is committed to Alaska and the Yukon and making sure our guests are sleeping soundly at night,” said Steve Leonard. The 44-room addition, opening May 2006, in Dawson City and the new lodge in Denali will offer the luxurious Holland America Line Mariner’s Dream™ bed in all rooms.

Westmark Inn at Beaver Creek –Traditionally a roadhouse, this property was an integral part of the social fabric of the Northwest providing lodging, meals and news of the era. This tradition is kept alive at the Westmark Inn Beaver Creek where travelers also enjoy comfortable lodgings and the popular Rendezvous Dinner Show May 25 to September 6, 2006.

Westmark Inn Dawson City – The newly renovated and expanded Westmark Inn in Dawson City provides visitors with spacious and comfortable accommodations just blocks from legendary Diamond Tooth Gertie's gambling hall in the heart of this lively gold rush community. The hotel is open for summer travelers from May 23 through September 8, 2006.

Westmark Klondike Inn –This Whitehorse landmark, located in the historic capital of the Yukon Territory, is the ideal base for excursions to the many tourist attractions nearby — the Yukon Gardens, the McBride Museum, the SS Klondike National Historic Site and more. The Inn is open to summer travelers from May 27 to September 5, 2006.

Westmark Inn Skagway –The mere mention of Skagway brings to mind those rough and ready days of Jack London and miners scrambling over the Chilkoot Trail in search of golden dreams and elusive riches. The Westmark Inn, open May 19 to September 5, 2006, reflects the charm and personality of those days with Victorian decor, rustic setting and warm Alaskan hospitality.

Westmark Tok – The town of Tok is the first community inside the U.S. border along the famous Alaska Highway. The hotel, open from May 22 to September 9, 2006, offers an inviting retreat for travelers heading north to Fairbanks or southwest to Anchorage.

For more information or to make reservations at Westmark Hotels call 1-800-544-0970 or log onto the Westmark Hotels website at www.westmarkhotels.com