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Xinjiang Haotai Industry Development Co. Ltd Names
Starwood to Manage the Sheraton Urumqi Hotel
in China

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Singapore, 12th May 2005 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (NYSE: HOT) and Xinjiang Haotai Industry Development Co. Ltd have announced an agreement whereby Starwood will manage the Sheraton Urumqi Hotel in China.  Scheduled to open in early 2007, the hotel will be located in a prime location in Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Province, along a newly developed pedestrian walkway with a total built-up area of 2.2 million square feet dedicated to high-end international branded retail shops, entertainment and hotel uses.  The hotel will feature 410 rooms and close to 18,500 square feet of meeting and function space, three dining outlets, a health club and spa, an indoor swimming pool and retail shops.  The hotel will be the first internationally branded upscale hotel to open in Urumqi city.

“We are very proud to be working in partnership with Xinjiang Haotai Industry Development Co. Ltd to introduce Sheraton and its signature services and products to travelers visiting Urumqi, also known as an important stop along the Silk Road,” said Miguel Ko, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia-Pacific.   "We are thrilled about our first Sheraton property in Urumqi city, one of the top two cities in terms of Gross Domestic Product in northwest China.  The city’s beautiful landscape, strong colorful ethnic lifestyles and local customs truly set itself apart from other cities in China,” commented Ko.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts expanded its portfolio in China significantly over the last year with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen, and the signing of Sheraton hotels in Shenzhen, Xiamen, Ningbo, Haikou, Chongqing and Nanjing.   With a total of 19 operating hotels and 14 hotels under development in China, Starwood is well-established as the largest international operator of upscale hotels in China.

Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang Province, China’s most western province and largest administrative region.  Approximately four hours by plane from Beijing, Urumqi is the political, economic and cultural center of Xinjiang.  Xinjiang was a hub on the ancient Silk Road, a place where ancient Chinese culture met Indian, Persian, Arab, Greek and Roman cultures, leaving behind large amounts of cultural relics.  As one of the most interesting regions in China with its rich history, archaeological remains, ethnic variety, superb landscapes and a unique Central Asian culture, Urumqi offers travelers extensive and varied sightseeing experiences. 

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. 

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
Also See: Hainan Hua Neng Hai Bin Industrial Development Co. Ltd Appoints Starwood to Manage the Newly Built 330 room Sheraton Haikou Resort, on the Northern Tip of Hainan island, China / November 2004
Starwood Reaches a Milestone Announcing its 30th Property in China, the Sheraton Chongquing Hotel / January 2005


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