"Vistana Signature Experiences is a company that is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our owners, guests, and associates," Williams said. "It's a pleasure to witness the recognition of individuals who perform at the highest level every day."About Vistana Signature Experiences Vistana TM Signature Experiences, Inc., an operating business of ILG (Nasdaq: ILG), is the exclusive provider of vacation ownership for the Sheraton ® and Westin ® brands under license from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, LLC, and is an authorized partner of the SPG ® program. More than 220,000 families own at the company's 21 villa resorts in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, which operate under the Sheraton and Westin brands. Vistana offers a flexible vacation lifestyle, giving Owners and Members the ability to vacation within a collection of villa-style resorts in the best locations within the most sought-after destinations. Customers also enjoy privileged access to trade their ownership for stays at more than 1,300 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries through Starwood Preferred Guest ®, one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades, and flights, with no blackout dates. Headquartered in Orlando, FL, and with over 4,300 employees in North America, Vistana continues to build on its more-than-35-year history of excellence in vacation ownership and leisure travel. For more information, please visit vistana.com.
VistanaTM Signature Experiences, developer of Sheraton Vacation Club and Westin Vacation Club resorts and an operating business of ILG (Nasdaq: ILG), announced that The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas received the prestigious Circle of Excellence "ACE" Community Service and Philanthropic Award at the recent American Resort Development Association (ARDA) convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. The award, which recognizes an outstanding community contribution, was given to The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas for its numerous charitable efforts in support of the local community on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i. In the nine years since the resort opened, it has raised more than $400,000 for various charitable programs. "As part of our company's culture, we have always emphasized the importance of supporting the communities where we work and play," said Stephen Williams, chief operating officer, Vistana Signature Experiences. "We're extremely proud of the team on Kaua'i for their ongoing commitment to helping others and providing support to the many worthwhile organizations around the island." The resort's charitable work includes an annual Jazz & Wine Festival that raises money for the Kaua'i Lifeguard Association, which aims to maximize ocean safety; an annual Charity Golf Tournament that funds the resort's various charitable efforts; the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, which raises money for charities throughout Hawai'i; and fundraising for a scholarship program that benefits The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas associates and their families. In addition to winning the ACE, three Vistana associates were honored in the Management & Administration Division. John Jones of Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando, Florida was recognized in the Resort Assistant Manager category for his role in the day-to-day operations. Jackie Knorr won in the Human Resources Professional category for her support of the company's resort operations teams. In the Training and Development Manager or Team category, Ariadne Samaniego was awarded for her contributions at Sheraton Vistana Villages in Orlando.