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Starwood Capital Makes $30 million Investment in Jin Jiang, 
One of China's Largest Hotel Operators
GREENWICH, Conn., Dec. 6, 2006 - Starwood Capital Group announced today that it has entered into a strategic relationship with Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels (Group) Company Limited ("Jin Jiang"), one of China's largest hotel operators. Under the terms of the agreement, Starwood Capital will make a $30 million strategic investment in Jin Jiang, making Starwood the largest outside shareholder in the company.
Through the new strategic partnership, Starwood Capital and Jin Jiang will work together to develop and strengthen each other's hotel business, mainly in the People's Republic of China, and will cooperate on hotel business projects.
"Starwood Capital is very excited about the potential for Jin Jiang in China and abroad, and for our future partnership together," said Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Jin Jiang's geographic reach and portfolio of owned assets across all hotel categories leaves it uniquely positioned to benefit from the explosive growth in the Chinese hotel industry, fueled by rapidly expanding tourism and business travel. By combining Jin Jiang's portfolio, which features irreplaceable hotels in Shanghai and other major Chinese cities, with our track record of creating global brands and enhancing asset value in both the luxury and budget categories, the partnership has the potential to create significant value for both companies going forward."
Jin Jiang has 263 hotels in operation or under development, including a portfolio of prestigious assets such as the Jin Jiang Hotel, the Peace Hotel, the Metropole and the Pacific Hotel in Shanghai, as well as the Kunlun Hotel in Beijing. The company owns a substantial budget hotel portfolio in China with approximately 160 assets under the Jin Jiang Inn brand. Prior to the IPO, Jin Jiang was an indirect 100-percent State Owned Enterprise under the control of Shanghai City Government.
Starwood Capital Group
Starwood Capital Group has been a leader in real estate investments since 1991. Its international investor base includes some of the United States' largest state and corporate pension funds, endowments and foundations and high-net worth families from around the world. 

Starwood's most recent transactions include the $3.2 billion acquisition of Groupe Taittinger and Societe du Louvre, Europe's second largest hotel network with a unique collection of 14 luxury hotels in Europe, including France and Switzerland, in addition to managing over 800 budget hotels throughout Europe plus the approximately $1 billion acquisition of 32 Le Meridien luxury, four/five star hotels located primarily across Europe but also in North America, Africa and South America. 

This news release is not (and is not intended to be) an offer of the securities of Jin Jiang in the United States. Unless registered or exempt from registration under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, these securities are not permitted to be offered or sold in the United States.


Starwood Capital Group


Also See: Jin Jiang Hotels Completes Development of its New Hotel Brand Identity / August 2006
Accor's Partnerships with Beijing Tourism Group and Jin Jiang International Management Corporation Fuels Hotel Management Contract Growth in China / Aug 2003

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