01.21.2015
Buffalo, NY (Jan. 21, 2015) – Delaware North, one of the largest privately held global hospitality and food service companies in the world, is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Pine Lodge and the Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana.

The acquisitions in Whitefish represent Delaware North’s entry into Montana’s Flathead Valley region. The company has had a presence in Montana for over five years with four lodging options available in West Yellowstone, the gateway destination for Yellowstone National Park.
 
 “The purchase of these lodging accommodations in Whitefish is two-fold - they fit well with our existing portfolio of properties located near iconic destinations, in this case Glacier National Park, and, they’re part of a long-term growth strategy for the business,” said Rick Abramson, president of Delaware North’s parks and resorts business.  "We will be making improvements to both properties to enhance the guest experience. The greater focus will be at the Pine Lodge where we will renovate and upgrade key guest touch points including rooms and public spaces."
 
Both properties are about 25 miles away from iconic Glacier National Park, allowing visitors to experience a variety of recreational activities including local world-class skiing, golf, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking and hunting. In addition, frequent festivals and events in Whitefish and an abundance of boutique shops, bars and elegantly-rustic dining are all within walking distance.
 
  • Pine Lodge is located just steps away from downtown Whitefish and offers comfortable, year-round accommodations for guests traveling through the area. This 76 room, AAA Two Diamond-rated Lodge is situated alongside the Whitefish River and features amenities including a heated indoor-outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, on-site laundry and meeting space for up to 50 people.   
     
  • Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge is an AAA Three-Diamond rated hotel ideal for guests looking for a relaxing atmosphere, convenient access to Glacier National Park and minutes from the downtown area. It offers year-round accommodations and features amenities including a heated outdoor pool & hot tub, both open year-round, fitness center, meeting room and conference services and a business center.
With these two new acquisitions, Delaware North’s parks and resorts business now owns and/or operates 40 hotels in 19 locations throughout the U.S. and Australia.
 
 
 
About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest and most admired privately-held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service with subsidiary and affiliate operations in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming and specialty retail industries. Its portfolio includes high-profile venues ranging from sports stadiums, entertainment complexes, national parks, restaurants, airports, and some of the top regional casinos in the country. The company also owns a selection of award-winning destination resorts, as well as a series of premium restaurants and catering services that are leaders in the industry. Delaware North has annual revenue exceeding $3 billion with 60,000 employee associates serving half a billion guests in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. “Delaware North” is a reference to Delaware North Companies Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries, including location-specific operating entities.
 
About Delaware North parks and resorts
Delaware North parks and resorts is a global leader in the hospitality industry operating lodging, recreational activities, food & beverage, retail and educational programming at destinations throughout North America, Australia and Asia. Delaware North parks &resorts operates in many of the country’s iconic national and state parks including Yosemite National Park and Niagara Falls State Park as well as at cultural attraction like Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Its portfolio also includes five luxury resorts in Australia. To learn more about Delaware North’s hospitality management expertise, visit http://www.delawarenorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.
 
 
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