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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Strengthens Footprint In Colombia With The Openings Of Four Points By Sheraton In Bogota And Barranquilla »

December 19, 2014 at 10:35AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Designed for today's traveler, Four Points offers a smart, casual option in two of the region's most dynamic markets
BOGOTA, Colombia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) continues its growth momentum in Latin America and strengthens its presence in Colombia with the openings of Four Points Bogota and Four Points Barranquilla. Both hotels are operated by GHL Hotels under franchise agreements.
With these openings, Starwood continues to strengthen its presence in Colombia, one of the fastest growing economies and most dynamic travel markets in the region. Starwood's current operating portfolio includes the recently opened W Bogota, Sheraton Bogota Hotel, Aloft Bogota Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Cali and Four Points by Sheraton Medellin, with Sheraton Cartagena set to open by the end of 2015...

Le Meridien Debuts In North Carolina With The Opening Of Le Meridien Charlotte »

December 19, 2014 at 9:34AM PST | Source: Le Meridien

Following an extensive multimillion dollar renovation, Charlotte's newest hotel unveiled in Uptown's bustling business district
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of Le Méridien Charlotte, following a multimillion dollar transformation. Le Méridien Charlotte is within walking distance of Charlotte's Uptown Business District, which is home to North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Discovery Place, Charlotte Aquatic Center the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Arena and Bank of America Stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers), as well as corporate offices for Bank of America, Wells Fargo and BB&T.
"Le Méridien is experiencing strong growth momentum in North America, nearly tripling our portfolio since Starwood first acquired the brand in 2005," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin...

Le Meridien Debuts In The Big Easy With The Opening Of Le Meridien New Orleans »

December 18, 2014 at 10:59AM PST | Source: Le Meridien

Newly Transformed Hotel Unveils $29 Million Renovation of Public Spaces, Restaurant and Bars, Guestrooms, and Expanded Meeting Space
NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today unveiled Le Méridien New Orleans, following a comprehensive $29 million transformation. The newly renovated hotel features 410 fully redesigned guestrooms, including 22 suites; three new food and beverage outlets, including a new destination restaurant; and the addition of 1,600 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.
"Le Méridien is experiencing strong growth momentum in North America, and New Orleans has long been on our short list of dynamic U.S. cities that share in our brand passions for the arts, culture and cuisine," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin...

Starwood Hotels' Leading-Edge Aloft Brand Makes Debut In Detroit »

December 18, 2014 at 10:52AM PST | Source: aloft hotels

Bringing new Life to a City Landmark, Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney Delivers Urban Design, a Vibrant Social Scene and Live Performances by Emerging Artists
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the launch of its game-changing Aloft® brand in Detroit, following the completion of an adaptive re-use project that has transformed the historic David Whitney building. Located at One Park Avenue, Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney features 136 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking design and an energetic, social atmosphere - all at an affordable price point. The hotel is owned and developed by Whitey Partners, LLC, a joint venture between The Roxbury Group and VOS Hospitality, the lifestyle/boutique division of Trans Inns Management, Inc...

SPG Members Stay Connected In 2015 With Free Internet Access From Starwood »

December 17, 2014 at 10:05AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Complimentary Internet is Latest Benefit for Members Who Book Through Starwood Channels Online or Via the SPG App Booking Via SPG.com Allows Travel Pros to Extend Access to SPG Clients
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Staying reliably connected to the world while on the road - whether for business or pleasure - is vital to today's modern traveler. In recognition of that, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) is announcing that all Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members who book through Starwood's digital channels will be offered free standard in-room Internet access during their stay at all participating hotels worldwide.
"With the seismic shift towards digital, particularly when guests are on the road and literally mobile, our SPG members believe high quality Internet access is a basic necessity right up there with a great bed," said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President, SPG and Digital at Starwood...

Pop The Cork And Toast The Holiday Season With Sheraton Hotels' Spotlight On Champagne! »

December 16, 2014 at 11:11AM PST | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Global Survey Says Bubbly Tops Everyone's Wish List this Holiday Season - 67% Consider Champagne the Most Important Part of a Holiday Party What Are You Toasting To? Share with Sheraton at #SheratonToastPromo for a Chance to Win Champagne Toasting Kits, World-Class Trips, and More
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sheraton® Hotels invites you to raise a glass and toast! In continued celebration of Sheraton Social Hour, Sheraton is making the holidays sparkle with a special spotlight on Champagne. Guests and consumers are invited to raise a glass and toast the season with highly-rated Champagnes at participating Sheraton hotels and resorts around the world, and to share their celebratory toasts using #SheratonToastPromo for a chance to win exclusive Sheraton prizes...

Hilton Worldwide Welcomes The Providence Biltmore To Curio - A Collection By Hilton »

December 16, 2014 at 10:35AM PST | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Historic New England Hotel Joins Expanding Global Collection
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. - Iconic landmark hotel, the Providence Biltmore, today joined Curio - A Collection by Hilton. Hilton Worldwide today announced the anticipated addition to its growing global brand of distinctive upper upscale and luxury hotels, hand-picked for travelers who seek local discovery and authentic experiences.
Located in the heart of downtown Providence, the historic hotel was built in 1922 by Warren and Wetmore, the same architects behind New York City's Grand Central Station. The stately building opened its doors with widespread acclaim and today is deeply woven into the city's fabric and culture, beloved by generations of guests...

W Hotels Worldwide Unveils A New Legend With The Opening Of W Bogota »

December 15, 2014 at 9:45AM PST | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

W Bogota Electrifies Colombia's Luxury Hotel Scene with Cutting-Edge Design, Amplified Amenities and Whatever/Whenever® Service
BOGOTA, Colombia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- W® Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today debuted in Colombia with the unveiling of W Bogota. The new hotel electrifies Bogota's hospitality scene by mixing the W brand's 24/7 attitude, distinct interpretation of modern luxury, and unprecedented insider access to what's new and next in design, fashion and music in South America's new capital of cool.
"The opening of W Bogota is a milestone in Colombia's hotel landscape, setting the stage for a redefined luxury experience in one of the world's most vibrant destinations," said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels, St...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Continues Expansion In Croatia With The Signing Of New Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel »

December 15, 2014 at 9:39AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Scheduled to Open in 2015, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel Will Mark the Entry of Starwood into the Spectacular Dalmatian Coast
DUBROVNIK, Croatia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Hoteli Dubrovacka Rivijera d.d. to open a new Sheraton hotel in Dubrovnik, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. Scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2015, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel will mark Starwood's entry into Dubrovnik and the company's fourth hotel in Croatia.
"We are pleased to expand into our third partnership with HUP Zagreb d.d. in Croatia and look forward to introducing the Sheraton brand into the growing European resort market of Dubrovnik," said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East...

Hyatt Place Baltimore/Inner Harbor Celebrates Official Opening »

December 12, 2014 at 10:13AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and 511 South Central Avenue, LLC, which is a collaboration between Englewood LLC and CG Investments, Inc., today announced the opening of the Hyatt Place Baltimore/Inner Harbor.
"Baltimore is a large and vibrant city, filled with restaurants, markets, galleries, and other impressive art and entertainment attractions," said president Ken Finkelstein, Englewood LLC. "No matter why guests are visiting the area, we are confident that Hyatt Place Baltimore/Inner Harbor will exceed guest expectations and provide them with everything they need while away from home."
Hyatt Place Baltimore/Inner Harbor offers:

208 roomy rooms, all of which feature a swiveling 42-inch HDTV, the plush Hyatt Grand Bed® and Cozy Corner sectional sofa
Free Wi-Fi everywhere
Complimentary a...

Hyatt Place Columbus, Mississippi Celebrates Official Opening »

December 12, 2014 at 10:08AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Certified Hospitality, LLC announce the opening of Hyatt Place Columbus, a refreshing new hotel choice for business and leisure travelers visiting Columbus, Miss. The hotel is ideally situated near the city's main highways, as well as near Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, downtown Columbus and Columbus Air Force Base.
"We are very excited to bring the Hyatt Place brand to the Golden Triangle area with the opening of Hyatt Place Columbus," said general manager Shailee Raj. "Columbus is a vibrant city, filled with restaurants, markets and impressive art and entertainment venues, as well as many historic attractions. No matter why guests are visiting the area, we are confident that Hyatt Place Columbus will exceed guest expectations and provide them with everything they need while away from home...

DoubleTree By Hilton Minneapolis North Opens »

December 11, 2014 at 10:38AM PST | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Thirteen-story Hotel Managed by Hilton Worldwide Undergoes Extensive Renovation and Rebranding as DoubleTree by Hilton
December 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis North, a 13-story, suburban high-rise hotel located in Brooklyn Center and surrounded by more than 500 acres of parks and walking paths. Formerly the Minneapolis Boulevard Hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis North debuts a $4 million transformation that includes modern, stylish updates throughout the property. At the helm of the freshly-renovated hotel is veteran hotelier and Minnesota Native, Robert "Rosco" Larson, who has been appointed as general manager, bringing with him an extensive knowledge of the Twin Cities market...

Starwood Hotels' Eco-Wise Element Brand Debuts In New Hampshire »

December 11, 2014 at 10:14AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Owner Norwich Partners Donates $100,000 to Local Children's Causes and Announces Plans to Donate 200+ Acres for Conservation
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced its trailblazing, eco-wise Element brand has opened its first hotel in New Hampshire. Element Hanover-Lebanon offers a fresh, re-imagined perspective on the extended stay experience with 120 stylish, sustainable rooms and an atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance and on the move. Ideally located at the entrance of Altaria Business Park, the new Element is a key anchor of a mixed-use complex owned and developed by Norwich Partners. The hotel is managed by True North Hotel Group.
"Element Hanover-Lebanon provides a compelling, new option for travelers in an unbeatable location," said Brian McGuinness , Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

IHG Celebrates The Groundbreaking Of The First Staybridge Suites® Hotel In Puebla, Mexico »

December 09, 2014 at 12:20PM PST | Source: Staybridge Suites

New Staybridge Suites Hotel to Open after a $12 Million Investment by Ownership
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // Puebla, Pue. – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, and Operadora MEXAA, announce the groundbreaking of the Staybridge Suites® Puebla hotel. Currently undergoing construction, the hotel is expected to open by Fall 2015. There are currently three Staybridge Suites hotels open in Mexico, including properties in Monterrey, Guadalajara and Queretaro, and once open, this property will be the upscale extended stay brand's first hotel in Puebla. The 129 suite, eight–story hotel, located in the area of Plaza Mesón del Angel Mall, is being developed with an investment of more than US $12 million by Operadora MEXAA...

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Is Crowned World's Leading Hotel Brand For The Sixth Consecutive Year At World Travel Awards Final »

December 09, 2014 at 11:30AM PST | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, part of one of the world's leading hotel companies InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), claimed five awards at the 21st World Travel Awards Grand Finals, including the coveted title of World's Leading Hotel Brand, an accolade the brand has held for six consecutive years since 2009 and twice before that in 2005 and 2006.
At the Grand Finals, which were held in held in Anguilla on 7 December, InterContinental Bangkok, Thailand was named World's Leading City Hotel, while the brand's resorts, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam and InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort in Thailand, received the awards for World's Leading Luxury Resort and World's Leading Wedding Resort respectively...

Wyndham Hotel Group Enters Strategic Technology Partnership With Sabre »

December 09, 2014 at 7:08AM PST | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Migrates to Industry-Leading SynXis Enterprise Platform
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // Parsippany, N.J. and SOUTHLAKE, Texas – Wyndham Hotel Group and Sabre Corporation announced today a global strategic technology partnership which will provide cloud-based cutting-edge Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) reservations, revenue management and enhanced security solutions to Wyndham Hotel Group properties, making the Hotel Group the first large global company to leverage Sabre's SynXis Enterprise Platform.
Wyndham Hotel Group, a part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), is the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,590 properties franchised under well-known and award-winning brands including Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®, Days Inn®, Super 8® and Ramada®...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts To Debut First Luxury Collection Hotel In Japan »

December 09, 2014 at 6:55AM PST | Source: Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

Opening in March 2015, Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto Will Bring Authentic Ryokan-Style Luxury and Indigenous Experiences to Global Explorers
KYOTO, Japan - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the signing of Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto. Owned by Mori Trust Co., Ltd., the hotel marks the first Luxury Collection property in Japan. It will join a portfolio of 23 acclaimed Luxury Collection hotels in Asia Pacific, including the recently opened The Azure Qiantang, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hangzhou; The Castle Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian; and The Grand Bharat, a Luxury Collection Resort, Gurgaon, New Delhi.
"We are thrilled to welcome Suiran to The Luxury Collection portfolio – an ensemble of more than 90 of the world's most extraordinary hotels and resorts," said Lothar Pehl, Senior Vice President, Operations and Global Initiatives, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific...

Hyatt Announces Plans For Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa »

December 09, 2014 at 5:37AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with PHR Okinawa Hotel Management Ltd., a subsidiary of Ken Corporation, Ltd., for a Hyatt Regency hotel in Naha, Okinawa. Expected to open in late 2015, Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa will mark the first Hyatt-branded hotel on the island of Okinawa, Japan.
"We are delighted to bring the Hyatt Regency brand to Okinawa, and are honored to further strengthen our relationship with Ken Corporation Ltd., owner of Hyatt Regency Guam, a company with deep development and management experience," said Ratnesh Verma, senior vice president, real estate and development, Asia Pacific, Hyatt...

Hyatt Announces Sale Of Hyatt Regency Vancouver »

December 09, 2014 at 5:05AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced that an affiliate of Hyatt has sold the 644-room Hyatt Regency Vancouver to an affiliate of InnVest for approximately $123 million or $190,000 per key.
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that an affiliate of Hyatt has sold the 644-room Hyatt Regency Vancouver to an affiliate of InnVest for approximately $123 million or $190,000 per key. The hotel will continue to operate as a Hyatt Regency hotel.
"We are delighted to enter into a relationship with InnVest, a well-respected hotel owner with deep expertise in the Canadian hospitality market," said Stephen Haggerty, global head, capital strategy, franchising and select service for Hyatt...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Earns Top Marks In 2015 Corporate Equality Index »

December 09, 2014 at 3:42AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

The Company Continues to Earn 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Thirteenth Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality
STAMFORD, Conn. - December 8, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced it has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Starwood has received a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index over the past nine years and joins the ranks of 364 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.
"With more than 1,200 hotels in 100 countries and nearly 200,000 associates worldwide, our company diversity is a huge point of pride for us," said Frits van Paasschen, President and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts...



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