Starwood Hotels & Resorts Accelerates Growth of Westin Portfolio in Japan with Ski Resort Signing

Slated to Open in December 2015, The Westin Rusutsu Resort Extends Reach of Brand Wellness Philosophy with Hokkaido Debut

STAMFORD, Conn. - August 3, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the signing of a management agreement for The Westin Rusutsu Resort, a conversion property owned by Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd. The deal marks the first Starwood ski resort in Japan and the Westin brand’s entry in the famed Rusutsu region of Hokkaido.

“We are excited to partner with Kamori Kanko to debut Westin in Rusutsu and are eager to introduce the region to the brand’s signature wellness programs and amenities, which are perfect for this famed ski location,” said Rajit Sukumaran, Senior Vice President, Acquisition & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. “This signing demonstrates the success of our conversion-strategy that is helping to fuel the growth momentum of Starwood in the region.”

The Westin Rusutsu Resort will feature 210 guestrooms, including suites that offer up to seven beds for large groups or families. The accommodations will come equipped with signature Westin services and amenities, such as the world-renowned Heavenly® Bed and the reviving Heavenly® Bath experience. The hotel will also consist of extensive leisure facilities, including a WestinWORKOUT® studio, a hot spring, a sauna, outdoor baths, and tennis courts.

The resort will also encompass three unique dining venues that will provide a variety of culinary options alongside the brand’s nutrient-rich and delicious SuperFoodsRx™ menus. An ideal setting for functions, the resort offers more than 110 square meters of a meeting room.

“We look forward to a continued partnership with Starwood, a strategic move to elevate our existing hospitality and leisure business,” said Kimihito Kamori, CEO, Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd. “We are confident that the globally-renowned Westin brand will further strengthen Rusutsu as one of the most popular resorts in Hokkaido and Asia Pacific.”

Located in the northernmost region of Japan’s main islands, Rusutsu serves as one of country’s most popular year-round resorts and specifically offers a wealth of winter recreational activities. The Westin Rusutsu Resort—which will be conveniently situated near a number of mountain ranges, slopes and ski operations—is set to welcome an abundance of skiers and snowboarders amid the colder months.

The resort is less than a 90-minute drive from Sapporo’s Chitose International Airport. Hokkaido is also connected to the island of Honshu by the underwater railway Seikan Tunnel.

The Westin Rusutsu Resort will be the seventh Westin in Japan, joining The Westin Tokyo, The Westin Osaka, The Westin Sendai, The Westin Miyako Kyoto, The Westin Nagoya and The Westin Awaji Island Resort & Conference Center. Each property offers guests the brand’s distinctive positioning around well-being, with programs designed to help guests feel better than when they first arrive.

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

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts, a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade, lives its philosophy “For a Better You™” through the Westin Well-being Movement’s six pillars: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Sleep Well and Play Well. At more than 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, guests can experience offerings that include the iconic Heavenly® Bed, RunWESTIN™ and Westin Gear Lending with New Balance®, delicious and nutritious SuperFoodsRx™, the innovative workspace Tangent, Westin Weekend signature experiences, and Heavenly Bath and Heavenly Spa. Westin is proud to offer Starwood Preferred Guest®, the industry’s leading loyalty program. To learn more, visit www.starwoodhotels.com/westin. Stay connected to Westin: @westin on Twitter and Instagram and facebook.com/Westin.

About Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd.

Kamori Kanko is one of the largest tourism and leisure companies in Japan and has become an industry leader, since originally established in 1956. With over 50 years of business experience in Japan and over 25 years of international business experience in countries such as USA, Australia and France, today Kamori Kanko operates more than 30 companies worldwide. This company originated in rural Hokkaido, an area blessed with magnificent nature and an abundance of fresh produce. Since the beginning Kamori Kanko has kept nature close to its heart, as it strives to work with natural environments and local cultures to live together in harmony. From Hokkaido, to all around Japan and the world; our possibilities are still expanding far and wide. For more information, please visit http://www.kamori.co.jp/en/.

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SOURCE Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Media Contact:

Alethea Lam
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
65 6335 4804
Alethea.lam@starwoodhotels.com

 

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