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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Revamps Meetings Website to Offer One of the Most Robust Industry Sites for Meeting Planners

2008-06-21 00:53 1285

Site is a One-stop Resource Including Great Meeting Offers, Rewards and Comprehensive Search Options

SINGAPORE, June 24 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts announces it now offers meeting planners around the world a one-stop resource: http://www.starwoodmeetings.com to better serve their needs. The newly revamped site is one of the most robust meetings related websites in the industry, and offers meeting planners a variety of attractive offers, rewards and recognition and comprehensive search options, making it an easy resource for organizing meetings of any scale.

"We are delighted to offer meeting planners across the world this fabulous site that offers all the information and resources anyone will need to organize a successful meeting. Starwoodmeetings.com further illustrates the importance we place on making it easy for our customers to do business with us," commented Oliver Bonke, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific.

"We continue to be impressed with Starwood's innovation and leadership in the M.I.C.E. market. Starwoodmeetings.com is an excellent example of where Starwood has listened to its customers and delivered a product that is truly a great tool," added Bob Guy, Managing Director of Pacific World.

In conjunction with the launch of http://www.starwoodmeetings.com , Starwood hotels in Asia Pacific now offer meeting planners an attractive Triple Starpoints offer. Book a meeting or event at any Starwood property in the Asia-Pacific region from now until 29 February, 2008, and meeting planners can enjoy triple Starpoints and be on their way to enjoying great rewards and recognition with the award winning Starwood Preferred Planner program.

Key features of http://www.starwoodmeetings.com include :

1. Comprehensive search options ( by location, meeting space and

number of guestrooms needed, capacity ) and tips for planning a

successful meeting

2. Access to Starwood Preferred Planner, the industry leading meeting

planner loyalty program. As a member of Starwood Preferred Planner,

members will be enrolled in Starwood Preferred Guest, and can earn

Starpoints for events held at eligible hotels and use the points

to redeem for free hotel stays (no blackout dates on Free Night

Awards!) and room upgrades at 820+ worldwide locations; gift

certificates for educational books, etc; credit on the next event's

master bill through Starwood's Instant Meeting Awards(SM) program, etc.

3. Special Offers -- A variety of offers available at Starwood

properties around the world, under the brands of Westin, Sheraton, St.

Regis, Luxury Collection, W, Le Meridien and Four Points by Sheraton.

4. Online RFP -- Meeting planners can submit an online request for

proposals from hotels, outlining their requirements and preferences.

5. Destination information -- The site offers guests destination guides of

various cities globally, providing guests with helpful hints and tips on

specific destinations and which are relevant to meeting planning.

"Starwood also understands that companies do not want a cookie-cutter event. Starwood's portfolio of brands offer seven unique meeting styles -- giving guests over 850 hotel choices across more than 95 countries. Each Starwood hotel brand has its own distinct personality and approach to meeting and event hosting. Meeting planners can choose the style to match their requirements," said Bonke.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis(R), The Luxury Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le Meridien(R), Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, and the recently launched aloftSM, and element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com .

(Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. These risks and uncertainties are presented in detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained or that results and events will not materially differ. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.)

Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts
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