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RLHC maintaining consistent growth in 2017

Company has opened 18 hotels and executed 11 FLAs

SPOKANE, WA. April 10, 2017 — RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE:RLH) has maintained its consistent growth from coast to coast by opening 18 hotels and signing 11 franchise license agreements since the start of the year.

“The rate at which RLHC is expanding is directly attributable to the success of our guest management system, RevPak, combined with our group of seasoned franchise development directors,” said EVP and President of Global Development Roger Bloss. “These properties that signed or opened are welcome additions to the RLHC system, and we look forward to building on our accomplishments the rest of the year.”

RLHC brands opened in 13 states, including two Hotel RLs, four Red Lion Inn & Suites, 11 Americas Best Value Inns and one Country Hearth Inn. Notable property openings were Hotel RLs in Omaha, Nebraska and Brooklyn, New York; Red Lion Inn & Suites in Fayetteville, North Carolina and Everett, Washington; and Americas Best Value Inns in Fort Worth, Texas; Houston, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The franchise license agreements were executed in seven different states, including two Red Lion Inn & Suites and nine Americas Best Value Inns. Included in the list is a 131-room Red Lion Inn & Suites in Dayton, Ohio, which is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on April 12 for the public and local government officials.

About RLHC

Red Lion Hotels Corporation, established in 1959, is an international hospitality company primarily engaged in the franchising, management and ownership of upscale, midscale and economy hotels under the Hotel RL, Red Lion Hotels, Red Lion Inn & Suites, GuestHouse, Settle Inn, Americas Best Value Inn, Canadas Best Value Inn, Lexington, America’s Best Inns & Suites, Country Hearth Inns, Jameson Inn, Signature Inn and 3 Palms Hotels & Resorts brands. The company also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business under the brand name TicketsWest. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.rlhco.com.

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