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HOLLAND AMERICA LINE-WESTOURS INC. DONATES $250,000 TO UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA BRANCHES AND SHELDON JACKSON COLLEGE

 ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line- Westours Inc. announced today it has donated a total of $250,000 to three branches of the University of Alaska and Sheldon Jackson College.
 The announcement was made today by company President and Chief Executive Officer A.K. Kirk Lanterman in a speech to the Anchorage Rotary Club.
 Lanterman said the donation was made on behalf of the Holland America Westours family of companies, including Gray Line of Alaska and Westmark Hotels Inc.
 "We are donating $25,000 to Sheldon Jackson College to be used for completion of the renovation of the college's admissions office and administrative support area," said Lanterman.
 Lanterman said the total of $225,000 donated to the University of Alaska is to be distributed as follows:
 -- $100,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks to benefit its teaching, public service and research in the field of the Aurora Borealis.
 -- $100,000 to the University of Alaska Anchorage for the renovation of the Lucy Cuddy Center and the ongoing program of food-service technology.
 -- $25,000 to the University of Alaska Southeast to assist in providing funds for matching grants at the discretion of the chancellor.
 "We at all the Holland America Westours companies are extremely pleased to be able to offer this support to Alaska's higher education institutions. An investment in their future is an investment in our future as well," Lanterman concluded.
 Holland America Westours, the largest Alaska cruisetour company, recorded its fifth consecutive Alaska season last year -- carrying 109,144 passengers on cruises and cruisetours visiting the far north.
 In 1992, Holland America Line-Westours Inc. and its subsidiaries, Gray Line of Alaska and Westmark Hotels and Inns, employed 2,630 people statewide and had an estimated statewide total economic impact of $303 million.
 Holland America Westours owns Gray Line of Alaska, with the largest fleet of deluxe motorcoaches in the Far North, 17 Alaska-Yukon Explorer loungecoaches, four large excursion boats and eight McKinley Explorer glass-domed rail cars. In addition, the company owns Westmark Hotels and Inns, the largest group in Alaska and Yukon Territory with 18 hotels.
 Holland America Line operates five luxury cruise ships in the Caribbean, Panama Canal and Europe, as well as Alaska. The company has two additional 1,266-passenger cruise ships under construction in Italy.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Skinner or Juli Chase of Holland America Line, 800-637-5029 or 206-281-3535, or fax, 206-281-0351/


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