Neptune-Benson is proud to supply the aquatic filtration system to help further the resort's commitment to save water and energy.

Coventry, Rhode Island (January 31, 2014) - Neptune-Benson, a leading manufacturer of commercial pool filtration systems is a proud supplier of the Defender® aquatic filtration system to the Sheraton Mirage Resort in Port Douglas Australia.

The Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort has replaced their two - 14 meter long dual sand filter systems because they were showing signs of wear. The filters were retrofitted with Neptune-Benson Defender aquatic filters in 25% of the space of the existing sand filters.

Having identified advances in pool filtration over recent years; the Sheraton Mirage Manager of Engineering, Mr. Hamish Barr undertook extensive research with a primary goal of selecting a replacement filtration system that achieved four main goals:

1. Produce the safest, cleanest, highest quality of water possible.

2. Improve the sustainability of the hotel's pool network and reduce water waste.

3. Lower energy usage

4. Lower maintenance costs

Having examined all local and international filter options, Mr. Barr established that there was one clear choice, the Neptune-Benson Defender.

"I was confident that these filters were superior to any others and now that they are up and running everyone can see for themselves. We have achieved water that is crystal clear and clean. These filters with their low running cost and exceptional efficiency will help deliver benefits to our customers, the hotel and importantly for our environment for many years to come." states Mr. Hamish Barr, Manager of Engineering - Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas.

About Neptune-Benson

Neptune-Benson is the leading manufacturer of filtration systems for aquatic centers, waterparks and aquatic life support. Featuring the award-winning Defender Regenerative Media Filter, Neptune-Benson also offers steel & fiberglass sand filter systems; the AEGIS anti-entrapment shield; fiberglass movable bulkheads; Dominion butterfly valves; Guardian strainers and other accessory products. Creating the World of Aquatopia Since 1956. www.neptunebenson.com

Contact: Jill Bibby

jbibby@neptunebenson.com / +1-401-821-2200

About Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort

Featuring 294 luxury rooms and suites with 100 villas, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas is the only five star beachfront resort in Port Douglas. The resort is set in 147 hectares of lush tropical gardens and features an 18 hole golf course, award-winning restaurants and bars and 2 hectares of sparkling swimmable lagoons. Perfectly poised on Four Mile Beach, the resort provides an idyllic base to explore the natural wonders of tropical North Queensland. Its location only matched by the standard of indulgence, opulence, service and style that Sheraton Mirage is renowned for. The resort was awarded Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence 'Best Casual Dining Restaurant' for Lagoons restaurant, Travel & Leisure Magazine have awarded the resort in the 'Top 10 Resorts & Lodges Pacific' in 2012, received the Tropical North Queensland Tourism Award for 'Best Festival & Event' for the Longest lunch in 2011 and 2012, and was named Starwood Preferred Guest – Members favourite Beach Resort and Golf Getaway in 2013.

Contact: Elena Fragasso

Elena.fragasso@sheraton.com / +61 7 4099 5354

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,071 properties in 100 countries and territories with 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. 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., 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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