Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced its iconic Sheraton brand has reached the 100 th hotel milestone in Asia Pacific with the opening of Sheraton Shantou Hotel in China. Owned by Logan Group, Sheraton Shantou Hotel is one of nearly 30 new hotels in Asia Pacific this year, highlighting the brand’s remarkable growth trajectory in this rapidly developing region. Other recent openings include Sheraton Shenyang South City Hotel in China and Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas in Thailand. “Sheraton has enjoyed phenomenal success in Asia Pacific where it has helped meet the tremendous demand for high-caliber lodging generated by the rising middle class,” said Hoyt Harper, Global Brand Leader, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. “Sheraton Hotels in China will account for nearly one third of the new hotels opening this year in Asia Pacific, but we are also picking up momentum in many other countries across the region such as India, Thailand and South Korea. The Sheraton brand’s success in these fast-growing economies has helped lengthen Starwood’s lead as the largest operator of high-end hotels in Asia Pacific.” Sheraton boasts more than 100 hotels in operation and over 50 in the development pipeline in Asia Pacific, which is both its second-largest and fastest growing market. The Sheraton brand’s propulsive growth across Asia Pacific is moving the brand closer to its target of opening its 500 th hotel worldwide in 2016. “We are thrilled to celebrate the 100 th Sheraton hotel milestone in Asia Pacific, where demand for the world-renowned brand is surging, driven by the region’s robust economic growth and rapid infrastructure development,” said Stephen Ho, President, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “This milestone provides a platform for Sheraton to underscore its success in connecting with guests in the region, while reinforcing the brand’s positioning as ‘the world’s gathering place.’” Sheraton is currently the largest global hotel brand in China, which accounts for more than half of the Sheraton hotels currently in operation in Asia Pacific. Sheraton Shantou Hotel marks the 60 th Sheraton hotel in China, where the brand has 40 hotels in the pipeline. Boasting more than 170 cities with populations of over one million, China continues to represent immense potential for the further development of the Sheraton brand. “Starwood was the first global hotel operator to enter China in 1985 with Sheraton Great Wall, and we continue to build on this legacy in what is, by far, our fastest growing and most dynamic travel market within Asia Pacific,” said Qian Jin, President, Greater China, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “By leveraging our first-mover advantage, Sheraton has paved an early foothold for expansion in China, and we are confident that we can carry the brand to a whole new level.”
Already established in China’s major cities, Sheraton is focused on extending its footprint in second and third-tiered cities. The opening of Sheraton Shantou Hotel exemplifies such growth. Located on the eastern coast of Guangdong province, Shantou is a prefecture-level city with a population of over five million. It is also a strategic seaport and one of China’s Five Special Economic Zones.On Chanping Road, Sheraton Shantou Hotel is in the heart of Shantou’s Central Business District, walking distance to government offices and the Convention and Exhibition Center. Railway and bus terminals are conveniently situated within five kilometers from the hotel. About 40 kilometers away, Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport offers flights to major cities in China, as well as to the regional aviation hubs of Singapore and Bangkok. “Shantou is the birthplace of Logan Group. Today we are proud to have partnered with Starwood Hotels & Resorts on this outstanding property, the Sheraton Shantou Hotel, as we pay tribute to our hometown. We hope that with this dynamic partnership, we will be able to contribute to the economic and urban development of Shantou,” said Mr. Ji Hai Peng, President of Logan Group. Sheraton Shantou Hotel features 306 well-appointed guestrooms, as well as 24 suites with views of the South China Sea. Rooms are equipped with all the brand’s signature amenities and services including the plush Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed, rainforest shower, ergonomic work area, High Speed Internet Access, and LCD flat panel television. The heart of the lobby is the Link@Sheraton SM experienced with Microsoft ® , – a relaxed space with complimentary wireless broadband where guests can socialize and connect with friends, both old and new. Additional facilities include a well-equipped gym offering the brand's revolutionary health and fitness program, Sheraton ® Fitness by Core Performance™, an outdoor swimming pool, and Shine Spa for Sheraton™. Sheraton Shantou Hotel also offers three distinctive dining venues, a Sheraton Club Lounge, and 1,800-square meters of versatile, state-of-the-art function space. The hotel’s paperless check-in/out service for all guests promotes greater efficiency and environmental sustainability. Sheraton Shantou Hotel offers a special opening package starting from RMB598 net for a one-night’s stay in a Superior Room, including a buffet breakfast and free high-speed internet access, valid until January 30, 2014. SPG members will receive double Starpoints ® as part of the package. SPG members will also enjoy a 15% discount at Feast and the Lobby Lounge until December 31, 2013. They will earn triple Starpoints ® for hosting events in the hotel from now until March 31, 2014. About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,169 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®, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (R) (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.