Starwood Preferred Guest and Westin Hotels Show 'Love' for Members with One-Of-A-Kind 2014 US Open Experiences

SPG Member Experiences Include Private VIP Clinic with Legendary Brothers John and Patrick McEnroe, Match Viewing in the SPG Luxury Suite and More

STAMFORD, Conn. - July 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), is giving members courtside seats to best of tennis with the launch of its 2014 US Open SPG Moments schedule today. Known for providing its members access like no other for the most exclusive events around the world, SPG is offering elite US Open packages between August 25 and September 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Members can bid Starpoints® on once-in-a-lifetime experiences including luxury suite and courtside seats to key matches, behind-the-scenes tours of Arthur Ashe Stadium, and a private tennis clinic with John and Patrick McEnroe.

In addition, Westin Hotels – official sponsor of the 2014 US Open – will offer exclusive access and giveaways that include a two-night stay at the Westin Grand Central with tickets to the August 30 day session, a five night stay at the Westin Grand Central through Tennis Channel's US Open Sweepstakes, and a special "Westin Night" on September 2 with Heavenly® Bed giveaways accompanied by seat upgrades. Additionally, Westin and SPG will be providing special favors for all SPG Members as part of the SPG Luxury Suite gift bag.

"At SPG, we're committed to bringing a variety of innovative and unique experiences to our members, which is why working with the USTA for the US Open each year has been a member favorite since the partnership's inception four years ago," said Mark Vondrasek, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Loyalty and Partnership Marketing for Starwood. "Through our partnership, we're offering Moments to our members that they can't find anywhere else, whether it's playing with an actual legend like John McEnroe or watching a legend in the making from the comfort of our luxury suite. As the last major tournament of the year for the players and fans, the energy surrounding the entire US Open is palpable, and we're proud to give our members the opportunity to be a part of that excitement."

SPG's Legendary Tennis Clinic with John & Patrick McEnroe

SPG is giving members the opportunity to improve their backhand and learn from two masters of the hard court, John and Patrick McEnroe, via a private tennis clinic. Members should prepare themselves for lively commentary as the McEnroe brothers host an SPG Member only clinic. Afterwards, Members will head to the SPG Luxury Suite to watch the women's singles and men's doubles finals while enjoying catered food and beverage on September 7.

SPG Gives Member the "Advantage"

SPG Moments will bring many more unique tennis experiences to SPG Members with unforgettable packages at the 2014 US Open including the following:

  • Behind-the-Scenes private tour of Arthur Ashe Stadium and US Open Media Center, including interview rooms, player dining areas, and more.
  • Breakfast for two in the Player's Dining Room at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
  • Courtside seats at matches throughout the tournament in the iconic Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium.
  • VIP access to watch matches from the SPG Luxury Suite at center court with the finest in catered food and beverages. Attend the post-match press conference with one of the day's competitors at the press court.
  • One-hour training session with a USTA teaching pro on legendary Arthur Ashe Stadium Court.
  • SPG Booth on-site offering SPG Members special giveaways.
  • SPG Luxury Suite access to watch Annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Presented by Hess at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with tennis icons Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal along with scheduled performances by an array of musicians.

"Tap Into Luxury"

Whether at home, on the train, or at the US Open, SPG Members can 'Tap into Luxury' with SPG's new online game at spg.com/TapIntoLuxury. From August 25-September 30, members across North America and in the UK can play Tap into Luxury for a chance to win a dream getaway to one of Starwood's 1,200 hotels and resorts worldwide as well as instant win prizes including Starpoints and more. SPG Members attending the US Open can stop by the SPG Booth to experience the game firsthand.

Be sure to follow the conversation @SPG for a chance to tweet in and win a pair of courtside seats to the US Open.

For a full list of SPG Moments at the US Open, visit spg.com/USOpen.

For more information about SPG Moments and to see the entire collection of events available, visit spg.com/Moments.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries, and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

About Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) is an innovative, award-winning frequent traveler program that unites each of Starwood's 9 distinctive hotel brands and includes more luxury hotels in more destinations around the world. SPG reinvented the hospitality loyalty landscape when it launched in 1999 with its breakthrough policy of no blackout dates, and over the years has continued its tradition of innovation with enhancements such as Cash + Points, SPG MomentsSM, and most recently Your24™ and SPG Lifetime™. In addition to Free Night Awards at nearly 1,200 hotels and resorts and Award Flights on over 350 major airlines without blackout dates, the Starpoints® that members earn through SPG can be redeemed for access like to no other to experiences in music, sports and the arts through SPG Moments. SPG also has an ongoing commitment to digital innovation to meet the needs of today's connected global traveler – from the SPG app for iPhone that utilizes state-aware technology to create a more personalized hotel stay to Starwood's Best Rate Guarantee on SPG.com, to SPG's integration within various social media platforms. Offerings such as these have helped SPG build a passionate member base among the world's most frequent travelers. Learn more at spg.com and spg.com/moments and connect with us on facebook.com/spg, twitter.com/spg, foursquare.com/spg, pinterest.com/spglife, and youtube.com/spg.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts has been a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade. Today, Westin has 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, and is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

For more information on Westin Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.westin.com, Facebook or follow Westin on Twitter and Instagram.

About USTA

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level, from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 750,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA's national charitable foundation, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, "like" the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.

SOURCE Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Media Contacts:

Maire Griffin
Starwood Preferred Guest
347-931-4186
maire.griffin@starwoodhotels.com

Carmen Muhammad
Taylor
212-714-5782
cmuhammad@taylorstrategy.com 

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