Apr 23, 2012
--Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
(NYSE: HOT) plans to debut its Westin brand in the Dominican Republic
in late 2013 at the exclusive resort property, PUNTACANA Resort &
Club. The franchise agreement for The Westin Puntacana Resort was
announced today by Starwood's development partner Grupo Puntacana at
the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE), the 13th annual
conference hosted by the Ministry of Tourism. Construction on The
Westin Puntacana Resort will begin this summer with an opening
scheduled for the winter of 2013.
"The Westin Puntacana Resort is a highly anticipated addition to our
growing resorts portfolio, offering travelers a refreshing, island
retreat on one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean," said
Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts.
"The new resort will offer all of the Westin brand's signature programs
and amenities, designed to inspire wellbeing and send guests home
feeling better than when they arrived."
At The Westin Puntacana Resort, guests will enjoy the full suite of
Westin signature amenities in a picturesque beachfront location,
minutes away from the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) within the
picturesque Playa Blanca area of PUNTACANA Resort & Club. The
204-room resort will offer 16 suites, meeting and wedding facilities,
an expansive outdoor pool, poolside grill, lobby bar, cigar bar,
children's club and walking trails. Additional amenities will include a
full-service spa, 24-hour business center and the brand's signature
Westin WORKOUT(R) gym experience.
Guests of The Westin Puntacana will have complete access to the
first-class amenities available at PUNTACANA Resort & Club,
including 3 miles of white sand beaches, 45-holes of championship golf,
nine restaurants, a Six Senses Spa, and a 1,500 acre ecological reserve.
"We are delighted to expand our partnership with Starwood Hotels &
Resorts to be able to share the PUNTACANA experience with even more
travelers as they visit the Dominican Republic," said Alberto Abreu,
executive director of hospitality at PUNTACANA Resort & Club. "The
Westin Puntacana Resort will allow even more visitors from around the
globe to experience the one-of-a-kind beaches, weather, and activities
available in our country, and at our resort. We look forward to
welcoming more guests into the PUNTACANA family as we move forward with
"The upcoming opening of The Westin Puntacana Resort underscores the
strength of the Westin brand as we expand in sought-after destinations
across the globe," said Allison Reid, Senior Vice President, North
America Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
"Westin boasts brand awareness well ahead of its competitive set and
phenomenal international growth, with more than 90% of its new hotels
and resorts opening outside of North America."
The Westin Puntacana Resort will be the second Starwood property to
open in the Dominican Republic. Last year, Starwood announced plans to
partner with GrupoPuntacana to open the Four Points by Sheraton
Puntacan Village Hotel in late 2012.
For more information on Westin Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.westin.com
For more information on PUNTACANA Resort & Club, please visit www.puntacana.com
About PUNTACANA Resort & Club
The development of Grupo PUNTACANA dates back to 1969 when Dominican
businessman Frank R. Rainieri and Theodore W. Kheel, the prominent New
York attorney and labor mediator, created a partnership to construct a
resort and real estate community that respects the natural habitat of
Punta Cana while offering a world-class vacation experience.
Maintaining a dedication to sustainable tourism, PUNTACANA Resort &
Club has since grown to encompass over 26 square miles and now includes
Tortuga Bay; Six Senses Spa; the PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation; four
residential communities (Corales, Hacienda, Marina and Arrecife); a
full-service marina; nine restaurants; a shopping village; 45 holes of
championship golf and Punta Cana International Airport, a modern
facility that incorporates innovative and eco-friendly design. In 1997,
Julio Iglesias and Oscar de la Renta joined the Group as co-investors
and have made PUNTACANA Resort & Club their home. Currently, Punta
Cana is the most highly visited Caribbean destination and is easily
accessible from all over the globe.
About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform
every aspect of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin
signature services - like the Heavenly Bed, delicious SuperFoods and
WestinWorkout studio - have been designed with the guests' well-being
in mind. Westin hotels, with more than 186 hotels and resorts in nearly
40 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide, Inc. one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the
world with 1090 properties in 100 countries and territories with
154,000 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(R), The Luxury Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le Meridien(R),
Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, Aloft(R), and ElementSM. The
company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood
Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for
room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood
Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider
of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and
privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please
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