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Red Lion adds a new hotel in Tucson, making it the 31st franchise

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Correction:  Earlier, this entry said the Tucson franchise will be Red Lion's 30th. When it converts, it will be the 31st.

Red Lion Hotels Corp. has  signed a franchise agreement to add a new hotel in Tucson.

The conversion is for the Quality Inn & Suites, 7411 N. Oracle Road, a property near the Santa Catalina Mountains in west Tucson.

Converting hotels into Red Lion Hotel franchises has been the primary business goal of the Spokane-based, publicly traded hospitality company.

The building is expected to complete the brand conversion by May.

It has 155 rooms, 91 of which are suites, and 1,600 square feet of meeting space.  It also offers a heated outdoor pool and hot tub.

Interim Red Lion CEO Jim Evans said the company added 11 locations in 2013, bringing the brand total to 30 franchised hotels. Tucson will be the 31st.

The Arizona market is considered a dynamic travel, business and leisure area. Red Lion already has the Red Lion Inn & Suites in Tempe-Phoenix.

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