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OfficeMax Agree to Form Alliance to Offer Business Services to Hotel Guests

Business Editors

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 12, 1997--Doubletree Hotels Corporation (Nasdaq: TREE) today announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with OfficeMax, Inc. (NYSE: OMX), to offer business services to hotel Guests at the company's mid-market Club Hotels by Doubletree brand properties.

OfficeMax will equip each Club Hotel's Business Club Room with a CopyMax digital printing and publishing business center, featuring a fax machine, photo copier and laser printer, all credit card accessible, and a complete Federal Express service station. OfficeMax also will provide complimentary office supplies and tools.

The Business Club Room was designed by Doubletree to offer frequent business travelers access to all of the necessary tools which duplicate an office environment while on the road. Each Club Room is equipped with productivity furnishings designed by Steelcase, Inc., a cafe restaurant by Au Bon Pain Bakery Cafe, and a self-service business center. Club Hotels has pioneered the concept of blending these highly desirable business amenities together in one central location.

"Business travelers want to be as efficient while on the road as they are in the office. They want access to work tools that will keep them from getting behind the clock before they reach their destination," said Thomas W. Storey, president of Club Hotels by Doubletree. "Our strategy is to co-brand with other strong national names outside the hotel industry which are leaders in providing the goods and services that frequent business travelers need."

Each Business Club Room will have direct computer access to CopyMax production centers throughout the U.S. through its CopyMax LINK software. Guests requiring color copying, collating and numerous other services will be able to transmit documents to a conveniently located CopyMax production facility for reproduction and next-day pickup or delivery. Additionally, Guests may order from an inventory of over 7,000 office products from OfficeMax and have the supplies delivered to their home offices.

"OfficeMax's core philosophy is to meet customers needs regardless of location," said Michael Feuer, chairman and chief executive officer of OfficeMax. "We are delighted to be a strategic partner with Club Hotels by Doubletree, the only brand specifically addressing the office needs of the business traveler."

OfficeMax is the nation's largest office products retailer in terms of number of stores and breadth of geographic coverage. OfficeMax has approximately 600 locations in over 230 markets in 48 states, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

Doubletree Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Phoenix, is one of the largest U.S. hotel management companies with more than 240 hotels and approximately 57,000 rooms in 39 states, the District of Columbia, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Doubletree properties currently extend into three markets: Doubletree Hotels -- upscale, first-class, full-service hotels; Doubletree Guest Suites -- first-class, full-service, all-suite hotels; and Club Hotels by Doubletree -- mid-market hotels targeted to the frequent business traveler. For reservations for all Doubletree hotels, call 800-222-TREE.

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