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Nanjing International Group Selects Starwood to Manage
The Westin Nanjing in China, Scheduled to Open in 2009


SINGAPORE, March 24, 2005 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (NYSE: HOT) and Nanjing International Group announced an agreement for Starwood to manage The Westin Nanjing in China.  Scheduled to open in early 2009, the hotel will be part of a multi-purpose complex that houses the hotel in one tower and serviced residences, offices and exhibition space in the other two towers.  The hotel will feature 300 rooms, and close to 14,500 square feet of meeting and function space.  The hotel facilities will also include four dining outlets, a health club and spa, an indoor swimming pool and retail center.  Located opposite the famous Xuanwu Lake of Nanjing, The Westin Nanjing provides travelers easy access to the city’s largest convention center and various scenic spots.

The signing of The Westin Nanjing heralds the continued expansion of Westin Hotels & Resorts in China.   The Westin Nanjing will join The Westin Shanghai and The Westin Beijing – Financial Street as the third Westin hotel in mainland China.   The Westin Beijing – Financial Street is slated to open in 2006.

“We are very proud to be working in partnership with Nanjing International Group to introduce Westin and its many innovative and signature services and products to travelers visiting Nanjing in future,” said Miguel Ko, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia-Pacific.   “Westin is known as a highly innovative brand and has launched several “firsts” in the industry, including the groundbreaking Heavenly Bed®, an oasis of plush comfort so popular that you’ll want one for your own bedroom at home.”

Starwood Hotels & Resorts expanded its portfolio in China significantly over the last year with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen, and the signing of Sheraton hotels in Shenzhen, Xiamen, Ningbo, Haikou and Chongqing.   With a total of 19 operating hotels and 12 hotels under development in China, Starwood is well-established as the largest international operator of upscale hotels in China.

Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province of China and the second largest city in the Yangtze River Delta Region, after Shanghai.  Approximately two hours by plane from Beijing and Hong Kong, Nanjing is also the largest river port in Asia, as well as one of China’s four major scientific research and educational centers.  Nearly 8,000 foreign-investment enterprises worth over $9.3 billion have invested in Nanjing.  With a 2,500 year history, Nanjing is regarded as one of the four ancient capitals of China and ranked as one of the top tourist cities in China, offering extensive and varied sightseeing experiences - from thousand year-old Buddhist relics, pagodas to natural landscapes like Qingxia Mountain and the Qinhuai Scenic River belt.

Westin Hotels & Resorts, with 121 hotels and resorts in 31 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.


Hwee Peng Yeo
Corporate Communications Manager
Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts Pte Ltd
Tel : +65 6335 4837

Also See: Starwood Hotels Reports 28 Hotels Open or Under Construction Throughout China / October 2004
Starwood Reaches a Milestone Announcing its 30th Property in China, the Sheraton Chongquing Hotel  / january 2005

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