KETCHIKAN -- West Coast Hospitality Corp. in Spokane, Wash., signed
a management and franchise agreement with the 72-room Cape Fox
Lodge in Ketchikan.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Southeast Alaska property
will be renamed the West Coast Cape Fox Lodge on Jan. 1.
It will be the second West Coast hotel in Alaska, joining the
West Coast International Inn in Anchorage.
The West Coast Cape Fox Lodge is owned by Cape Fox Corp., an
Alaskan Native Corporation. Another Alaskan Native Corporation,
TDX, owns the West Coast International Inn in Anchorage.
Ketchikan is located on the Inland Passage and is one of
Alaska's busiest cruise ports. The city welcomes more than 500
cruise ship visits per year.
A popular way to reach the Cape Fox Lodge is via a tram that
links the lodge with the downtown area some 130 feet below. The
property also is accessible by car.
"We're excited to offer another location in Alaska," said Tom
Barbieri, executive vice president of hotel operations for West
Coast Hospitality, which operates more than 30 hotels in the
Barbieri said West Coast will "direct customers of those 30-plus
hotels, as well as our 40-plus hotels throughout the western U.S.,
to our properties in Alaska, while increasing our name recognition
among Alaskans, who travel frequently to the Northwest for business
According to Peter Gigante, chief executive officer of Cape Fox
Corp., West Coast's "presence in the Northwest and its focus on
moving customers from property to property" is what cemented the
"West Coast offers an expanded mar- keting program that we
believe can be used to increase the visibility of our property and
increase off-season occupancy," said Gigante.
The Cape Fox Lodge features a Native Alaskan artifact exhibit,
gathered over the past 100 years, on permanent display in its
The waterfront community of Ketchikan is home to the largest
Native population in the state and examples of these vibrant
cultures can be found throughout the area.
The hotel also features the popular Heen Kahidi restaurant,
which specializes in seafood.
The hotel is adjacent to the Ted Ferry Civic Center, the city's
convention center, which provides expanded meetings facilities for
The mix of business at the hotel is evenly split between leisure
and business travel.
Through May 15, rates at the Cape Fox Lodge range from $106 to
$129 per room, double.
From mid-May through mid-September, rates range from $139 to
For information or reservations, call (907) 225-8001.