This new design center was conceived of by Starwood’s in-house creative team, led by Mike Tiedy, Starwood’s Senior Vice President of Global Brand Design and Innovation, in conjunction with renowned design firms, HOK NY and Jump Studios. The space complements Starwood’s Tribeca-based design center which debuted in 2010, and serves to further distinguish and articulate Starwood’s unique take on global hospitality. The Starwood Experience came to life as part of the company’s relocation to Stamford in 2011 and is part of Starwood’s pursuit of LEED certification also reinforcing the company’s commitment to reducing energy use by 20% and water use by 30% by 2020.The Starwood Experience Space As guests enter the space, the first image they see is Starwood’s core belief statement: WE BELIEVE PEOPLE WANT A BETTER WAY TO EXPERIENCE THE WORLD. Tiedy said, “The Starwood Experience serves as our rallying cry for innovation and initiative, a proving ground for new ideas, and a way to drive design and hotel development faster and more economically. In addition to creating a dramatic sense of arrival at our global headquarters, we also used every square foot of real estate available to tell our stories.” On the ground floor, an LED wall features a feed of Starwood news and headlines from around the world. Nearby, a five-panel Global Gallery highlights Starwood’s industry-leading global footprint in 100 countries with a five-panel installation featuring some of the company’s most high profile new hotel properties around the world from Austin to Abu Dhabi, Beijing to Bogota and London to Lhasa. As guests move to the second floor of The Starwood Experience, they pass through the SPG Tunnel, a passageway that highlights the many innovative partnerships and programming that are at the hallmark of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) as well as personal stories from SPG members around the globe. Following the SPG Tunnel, guests enter the inspiring public space of The Starwood Experience where there are four distinct, curated installations, including: a 40-foot Articulated Wall which features the stories and core values of each of Starwood’s nine iconic brands; The Showcase, which is comprised of two separate Corian walls where unique drawer and shelving systems allow for story-telling through physical elements and graphics – the first features a “Brand Storytelling” exhibition and the second is called the “Power of Starwood” which highlights the company’s successful cross-brand, cross-division and cross-hotel programs; and, The Story Wall, which provides an in-depth look at some of Starwood’s latest high-profile brand activations, such as W Hotels Designers of the Future Awards and the Live at Aloft Hotels music program. A customized meeting space within The Starwood Experience demos next generation meeting technology, including a six-foot tall, 22-foot wide immersion projection screen delivering high-impact presentations.
Additionally, The Starwood Experience is a staging area where visitors can see two- and three-dimensional design work in progress through a combination of eight different design studios and model hotel guest rooms for brands including, Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, Aloft, Element and Four Points by Sheraton.About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1112 properties in nearly 100 countries and territories with 154,000 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, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Méridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft, and Element SM. 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 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.) The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.