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Vatika Group Appoints Starwood to Manage Two Westin
Brand Properties in New Delhi - the 300 room Westin
New Delhi Hotel and the Westin Serviced Residences
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SINGAPORE, June 8, 2005 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (NYSE: HOT) and Vatika Group, one of the leading real estate players in India, announced an agreement for Starwood to manage The Westin New Delhi Hotel, Gurgaon, India. 

Scheduled to open in 2007, the hotel will feature 300 rooms, five dining outlets, 17,500 square feet of meeting and function space, an approximately 16,000 square feet health and spa center, as well as retail outlets.  Located strategically in Gurgaon, the emerging central business district of New Delhi, The Westin New Delhi Hotel will provide travelers easy access to key convention and commercial offices which have started to shift towards Gurgaon area due to lack of sufficient land for development of sizeable projects in the current New Delhi central business district. 

Vatika Group is also developing a major residential complex in Vatika City, approximately 5 minutes’ drive from the Hotel. Vatika City, the largest group housing project in Gurgaon, will comprise 150 Westin Serviced Residences and several low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise towers comprising a combination of 1,500 high-end two, three, four and five bedroom apartment units which will be sold to individual owners.  The Westin Serviced Residences will be managed by Starwood as an adjunct to The Westin New Delhi Hotel.

The signing of The Westin New Delhi Hotel & Residences, Gurgaon heralds the entry of Westin Hotels & Resorts into India and the continued expansion of Westin Hotels & Resorts in Asia. 

“India, Asia’s fourth largest economy, has been very aggressive and successful with driving tourism through a high-profile campaign, “Incredible India”, which showcases everything from its beautiful beaches and mountains to spiritual and rural destinations.  This year, tourist arrivals to India have been growing at a rate of close to 20% compared with last year,” said Miguel Ko, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia-Pacific.  “We are very excited to be working in partnership with Vatika Group to introduce Westin and its many innovative and signature services and products to travelers visiting New Delhi in future.  Westin is known as a highly innovative brand and has launched several “firsts” in the industry, including the groundbreaking Heavenly Bed®, an oasis of plush comfort so popular that you’ll want one for your own bedroom at home.  We expect this to be the first of several hotel projects we will work on with Vatika,” added Ko.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts expanded its portfolio in Asia significantly over the last year with the opening of 5 new hotels in 2004 and a strong development pipeline is in place with 23 hotels under development throughout Asia Pacific and scheduled to open over the next 4 years.

New Delhi, the capital of India, is located in northern India, and is the key government center and residence of India’s heads of state. Gurgaon, situated south-west of the capital in the state of Haryana, is amongst the fastest growing satellite cities in India.  Gurgaon commenced its development as a major satellite city of Delhi in the early 1990s and since then, close to 15 million square feet of commercial space has been developed, housing various multi-national companies that prefer the location in the satellite city due to availability of space, quality office space and relatively more affordable rents, which are limited in the current New Delhi central business district. 

The Vatika Group of companies, incorporated in 1986, has its business interests in commercial and residential real estate development, farmland development, facilities management, shopping malls, resorts, business centers, restaurants and fitness centres. The Group has created projects that touch every walk of life and human endeavour, while setting new benchmarks in quality. Today the Group has grown exponentially from the time that its first resort was created into a truly diversified company.

Westin Hotels & Resorts, with 121 hotels and resorts in 31 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and was voted the number one upper-upscale hotel brand for three years in Business Travel News’ “Annual U.S. Hotel Chain Survey.” Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 750 properties in more than 80 countries and 120,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W brands, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. 

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Contact:

Hwee Peng Yeo
Corporate Communications Manager
Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts Pte Ltd
hweepeng.yeo@starwoodhotels.com
Tel : +65 6335 4837
www.starwoodhotels.com
www.westin.com

Also See: Guangzhou Cheng Jian Tian Yu Real Estate Development Company Limited Selects Starwood's Westin Brand for a 400-room Hotel in Guangzhou / May 2005
Le Meridien Plans to Add Largest Number of New Hotels in India, More than Any Other Country Globally / January 2005

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