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Michael Burton Named Director of Operations at the Westin Galleria Dallas
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Dallas, Texas – December 4, 2007 – Westin Galleria Dallas, part of the Starwood Hotel and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. family, has named Michael Burton Director of Operations. Burton brings his wide-ranging experience to the luxury hotel as it continues its extensive redesign and expansion of all 432 guestrooms. 
 
“As we look to become the premier hotel destination in North Dallas, Michael’s leadership, experience and personable presence are qualities that will guide us through our transformation,” said John Everett, general manager of the Westin Galleria Dallas. “His attention to detail is a highly regarded asset as we continue to elevate our service and ensure that our reputation for modern luxury and relaxation continues to resonate with guests seeking the ultimate experience.”  
 
Prior to joining Westin Galleria, Burton served as Director of Rooms for the Sheraton Birmingham in Alabama. Before joining Starwood in 2001, Burton worked for Bristol Hotels and Resorts and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts in many aspects of the company’s operations.  He is a graduate of Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in hotel/restaurant management. He also has a degree in culinary arts and has worked as a chef.
 
The Westin Galleria Dallas, centrally located at IH-635 and Dallas North Tollway, began its renovations in January, 2007. The enhancements are designed by Steinberg Architects and will be completed by the VCC Construction Company in several phases to allow the hotel to remain open without interruptions of guest services.  BKG Service Corporation is managing procurement.
 
All guestrooms will be expanded to include the hotel’s popular Heavenly Beds, while select rooms will feature Westin’s signature walk-in Heavenly Showers.  New noise-resistant and energy-efficient glass windows will be installed, and artwork created by Texas artist James H. Evans will adorn the guestrooms.
 
Additionally, guestrooms will cater to the business traveler by featuring an oversized work desk, two-line cordless telephone with data port, high-speed wired and wireless Internet access, in-room refreshment center featuring the new Westin WakeCup coffee brewer and complimentary Starbucks coffee.
 
About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts (www.westin.com) with 121 hotels and resorts in 31 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and was ranked “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upscale Hotel Chains” in the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2004 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study, and voted Best Domestic Hotel Chain by Global Traveler Magazine.  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies the world with approximately 850 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 Meridien, and the recently announced Aloft and Element Hotels. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts.
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Contact:

Laura Hammontree
lhammontree@thepointgroup.com
214.378.7970 x238
 

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Also See: Built in 1982, The Westin Galleria Dallas Undergoing Expansive Transformation / May 2007
UBS Realty Investors Acquires the 432-room Westin Galleria Hotel in North Dallas for $95 million / April 2005
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