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Xian Yungao International Hotel Company Limited Signs
Starwood to Manage a 296-room Westin in Xian,
the Capital of Shaanxi Province
Singapore, 21st February, 2007 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (NYSE: HOT) and Xian Yungao International Hotel Company Limited announced an agreement for Starwood to manage a 296-room Westin in Xian, one of the four major ancient civilizations in the world, along with Athens, Cairo and Rome.  The Westin Xian is expected to open in 2010.

The Westin Xian will be part of a planned Great Tang All Day Mall, which is expected to become the world’s longest cultural and commercial pedestrian mall in the world, including a scenic pedestrian street, tourism amenities, sightseeing features and trade and cultural facilities.  The Westin Xian will be the only hotel adjacent and within walking distance from the mall.  The site is also within 40 minutes drive from Xian Xianyang International Airport, 60 minutes from the Terracotta Warrior site, and maintains easy access to downtown area and Xian’s industrial development zone. In addition to its 296 guest rooms, The Westin Xian will feature approximately 11,000 square feet of meeting space, 5 restaurants, a health club and  Westin’s Heavenly Spa.

“We are very proud to be working in partnership with Xian Yungao International Hotel Company Limited to introduce Westin with its unique service culture, and its many innovative and signature services and products to travelers visiting Xian in future.  The location of this hotel in one of the most important cities in Chinese history (Xian has often been lauded the national history museum of China) also reinforces Westin's new brand positioning around personal renewal by offering guests the services, products and amenities that allow them to relax and rejuvenate during their stay,” said Miguel Ko, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia-Pacific.  “With economic progress and industrial development in the last few years as well as a focus on developing Xian as a destination city, corporate and meetings demand in Xian has grown at a steady pace, in addition to the existing leisure demand.  We are confident that the entry of Westin is timely and will serve to meet the growing room and meeting demands in this market,” added Ko.

The signing of The Westin Xian heralds the continued expansion of Westin Hotels & Resorts in China.   The Westin Xian will be the seventh Westin hotel in mainland China, joining The Westin Shanghai, The Westin Beijing – Financial Street, The Westin Beijing at Chaoyang, The Westin Guangzhou, The Westin Nanjing and The Westin Zhejiang Resort, Nine Dragon Hill.  The Westins in Guangzhou, Zhejiang, Beijing Chaoyang and Nanjing are slated to open in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively.  The Westin Xian will also be the second Starwood hotel in Xian, in addition to Sheraton Xian Hotel.

Westin Hotels & Resorts, with over 120 hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries worldwide, 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 850 properties in more than 95 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood® Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points® by Sheraton, W®, Le Méridien® and the recently announced ALOFTSM and ELEMENTSM Hotels. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com

Contact:

Hwee Peng
Hwee-Peng Yeo
Corporate Communications Manager
Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts Ltd
6 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Tower 4
#40-01, Singapore 038986
Tel : +65 6335 4837
www.starwoodhotels.com

 

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Also See: Beijing Modern Asia – Pacific Real Estate Co Ltd. Selects Starwood to Manage a 558-room Westin hotel at Chaoyang District, Beijing / March 2006
Beijing Yongtai Hotel Management Co., Ltd to Develop an aloft Hotel in Beijing, China / January 2007

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