Scott Duff, Sr. Director Development - Canada & Alaska, said: “We are proactively looking to increase our portfolio throughout Canada with the right partners, creating the right properties, in the right places. Our agile development approach allows us to adapt our growth strategies based on specific geographies and brand needs for both new development and conversions, where we are seeing strong interest.”Starwood’s latest brand innovation, Element made a strong debut in Canada in June 2013 in Vaughan, Ontario, quickly becoming a market leader on TripAdvisor against a strong competitive set. Canada’s second Element, Element Vancouver Metrotown is progressing nicely towards its opening in the first quarter of next year with two additional Western Canada Element hotels slated to break ground this year – Element Calgary Airport and Element Edmonton West. Starwood’s innovative Aloft brand recently entered Western Canada with the opening of Aloft Calgary University. The hotel, which was a conversion, marked the third Aloft in Canada joining Aloft Montreal Airport and Aloft Vaughan Mills. Industry changing initiatives in music, design, and technology have positioned Aloft as a must-have brand for the next generation of travelers. 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.