Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), today announced its award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) program is serving members the opportunity to experience the 2013 US Open firsthand from Monday, August 26 through Monday, September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Members can bid Starpoints® for experiences including a private tennis clinic with Andy Roddick, courtside seats to the match of their choice, behind-the-scenes access to tour the stadium and media center and more starting today. Westin Hotels remains an official sponsor of the US Open in 2013, and is a presenting sponsor of US Open Live on USOpen.org, the official website of the US Open. Westin hotels will also be giving away free Heavenly® Beds at several sessions throughout the tournament to lucky fans. “The US Open is one of our members’ favorite annual events. In fact, last year’s men’s finals was such a popular SPG Moment it became the highest bidding auction for the year,” said Mark Vondrasek, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Loyalty & Partnership for Starwood. “Through our partnership with the USTA, SPG not only offers our members courtside seats to enjoy some the best tennis in the world with friends and family, but gives them the opportunity play with one of the sport’s greatest players, Andy Roddick .” SPG Serves Up Memorable Experiences with Andy Roddick Building on its legacy for once-in-a-lifetime member opportunities, SPG is giving members the chance to play with 2003 US Open Champion Andy Roddick. Ten winning bidders will hit the court with the former World Number One player during a one-hour tennis clinic and bring a guest to watch the action courtside. Following the clinic, the SPG members will take in the men’s singles semifinal matches in the SPG Luxury Suite. Access Like No Other at the US Open Through spg.com/Moments This year, SPG is offering a number of ways for members to get firsthand access to truly memorable SPG Moments at the US Open:
- Courtside seats to matches throughout the US Open in the heart of the action at Arthur Ashe Stadium
- Access to watch a match from the SPG Luxury Suite, including food and beverages, right at center court
- Breakfast for two in the exclusive Player’s Dining Room at Arthur Ashe Stadium
- Opportunity to bring young tennis fans to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Saturday, August 25th at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for a day-long family event with interactive games for kids of all ages
- Behind-the-scenes stadium tours including access to the US Open Media Center
For a full list of SPG Moments at the US Open, please visit: spg.com/USOpenAbout 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 Moments SM, and most recently Your24 TM and SPG Lifetime TM. In addition to Free Night Awards at over 1,100 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 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 twitter.com/spg, instagram.com/spg, facebook.com/spg, foursquare.com/spg, pinterest.com/spglife, and youtube.com/spg. About Westin Hotels & Resorts Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services – like the Heavenly Bed, delicious SuperFoods and WestinWORKOUT studio – have been designed with the guests’ well-being in mind. Westin hotels, with more than 190 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,146 properties in nearly 100 countries and 171,000 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 USTA The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. 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 770,000 members, it invests 100% 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 10 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 philanthropic entity, 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.