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  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Names Jim Curtis
Area Director of Sales & Marketing, Caribbean


MIRAMAR, FL – Nov. 16, 2009 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has appointed Jim Curtis as area director of sales and marketing, Caribbean.

“Jim is an industry veteran with an outstanding record of leading sales and marketing efforts for some of Starwood’s top-performing properties,” said Graeme Davis, vice president of operations for Starwood, Southern and Caribbean Region. “His exceptional leadership abilities and results-oriented sales skills make him the perfect candidate to head up our regional portfolio.”

In addition to overseeing sales and marketing efforts for Starwood’s Caribbean cluster, Curtis will manage sales and marketing for The Westin St. John Resort & Villas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Starwood’s Caribbean portfolio also includes Sheraton Cable Beach Nassau, Bahamas, The Westin Resort, Aruba and three new properties in Puerto Rico -- Sheraton Puerto Convention Center (opening this month), W Vieques (opening March 2010) and The St. Regis Bahia Beach (opening fall 2010).

With 23 years of hospitality experience including 18 years at Starwood, Curtis most recently served as director of sales and marketing at The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa and The Diplomat Country Club in Hollywood, FL.

Curtis has also directed sales and marketing efforts at such signature Starwood properties as the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort as well as at brand hotels in Tuscon and Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

Curtis began his career with Starwood at the Sheraton New Orleans. Prior to joining Starwood, Curtis held positions with Intercontinental Hotels and New Orleans’ Fairmont Hotel.

About Starwood Hotels

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 982  properties in 100 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties.

Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. 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.
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Melissa Braverman
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 520 Eighth Avenue, 21 Fl.
New York, NY 10018
T: 212.868.1900 x225 I F: 212.465.0849 I mbraverman@quinnandco.com
www.quinnandco.com

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Also See: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Names Ted Jacobs Vice President Brand Design / September 2009

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Elite Meetings Alliance Brings Together Top Meeting and Hotel Professionals: Despite Challenging Times, Strong Interest in Meetings Reported / May 2009
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