Westmark Hotels Celebrates Alaska’s 50th Statehood Anniversary With Special Room Rates and Promotions

May 20, 2009

New Website Showcases Unique Collection of 10 Alaska and Yukon Hotels

SEATTLE, May 20 /PRNewswire/ — Westmark Hotels is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alaska’s statehood with special room rates and promotions. A subsidiary of Holland America Line, Westmark Hotels offers special celebrations at its unique collection of 10 hotels in Alaska and the Yukon. The hotel collection is now showcased in a redesigned website.

“This is a milestone year for Alaska, and this summer is the ideal time to travel there and take advantage of Westmark’s Alaska anniversary promotions,” said Steve Leonard, vice president and general manager of Westmark Hotels. “Alaska became a state in 1959, and so many of Westmark’s special offers play off that historic year in a fun way.”

For example, the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center and Westmark Baranof in Juneau are enticing guests with an offer to stay three nights and then enjoy an additional fourth night for just $59. The Westmark Inn Skagway is offering a special 50th Anniversary Rate of $95.59 and a bottomless cup of coffee for 59 cents.

Westmark hotels in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Dawson City and Whitehorse (also home of Klondike Inn) are featuring fun vintage cocktails with 1950s nostalgia. The Westmark Anchorage is offering an Alaska wild salmon dinner nightly for just $19.50 and a “Bite of Alaska” dessert, sprinkled with gold dust, for $1.95.

The Westmark Inn Tok features a “Famous Big Margarita” for $19.59 and a distinctly Alaskan offer: guests can buy an Ulu (native knife) and get a second one for just 59 cents. They can also purchase a handmade Alaskan clock for $19.59.

All the special room rates and promotions are featured on Westmark’s newly redesigned website, www.westmarkhotels.com.

“Westmark’s new website is more user-friendly to ensure easy navigation and booking,” said Leonard. “Website visitors can readily find these special 50th Anniversary promotions and obtain complete details about each hotel, thanks to the new use of animation on the home page and a new video that showcases our hotels in their respective locations.”

On Westmark’s new website, each page now has a reservation button, making booking easier for users. Convenient drop-down menus on each hotel page, for example, offer brochure downloading, food and beverage information, and conference and meeting details.

The largest hotel group in Alaska and the Yukon, Westmark operates 10 hotels in nine communities. Of Westmark’s 10 hotels, five are open year-round in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Whitehorse, Juneau and Sitka. The five properties open seasonally from mid-May through mid-September include:

Westmark Inn at Beaver Creek – In the tradition of an Alaska Highway roadhouse, this property provides comfortable lodging, meals and the popular Rendezvous Dinner Show.

Westmark Inn Dawson City – This recently renovated and expanded property provides guests with spacious, comfortable accommodations close to legendary Diamond Tooth Gertie’s gambling hall in the heart of this lively gold rush community.

Westmark Klondike Inn – A landmark in the Yukon’s historic capital of Whitehorse, the inn is the ideal base for excursions to many nearby attractions such as the Yukon Gardens, McBride Museum and SS Klondike National Historic Site.

Westmark Inn Skagway – Klondike Gold Rush flavor lingers in Skagway where 10,000 gold seekers struggled up the grueling Chilkoot Trail in 1897-99. The Westmark Inn reflects the charm and personality of those gold rush 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. Westmark’s hotel offers an inviting retreat for travelers heading north to Fairbanks or southwest to Anchorage.

Westmark is also offering a special in-state promotion of $25 off room rates, from mid-May to mid-September, at its hotels along the Alaskan Highway. Visitors can obtain vouchers with the $25 discount in kiosks and visitor centers throughout the state.

Westmark Hotels offers consistently top-notch service, considerate and helpful staff and comfortable accommodations. For more information or reservations, phone 1-800-544-0970 or visit www.westmarkhotels.com.

About the Westmark Hotels

Westmark Hotels operates the largest hotel chain in Alaska/Yukon with 10 hotels and inns in nine communities across the region. The chain is a member of the Holland America Line family of companies, the largest and most experienced tour and cruise operator in Alaska and the Yukon. Celebrating its 62nd year as the leader in Alaska travel in 2009, Holland America will have eight ships offering a record number of cruises with more departures featuring Glacier Bay National Park than any other cruise line. The line’s CruiseTour itineraries offer more time in Denali National Park than any other tour company.

About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]

Holland America Line’s fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 358 ports of call in over 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.

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The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line is a member of the exclusive World’s Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Costa Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. The World’s Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.

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