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 Lhasa Yungao International Hotel Company, Ltd Signs Starwood
to Manage a Planned St Regis Hotel in Lhasa,
the Capital City of Tibet
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - March 19, 2007 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced an agreement with Lhasa Yungao International Hotel Company, Ltd to manage the St. Regis Resort, Lhasa, located in the Tibet Autonomous Region, a province in southwest China. When it opens in January 2010, the 169-room new-build St. Regis luxury resort will be the first internationally branded luxury hotel to open in Lhasa in more than a decade. 

An exotic and highly appealing destination for travelers, Tibet is often referred to as the “Roof of the World” due to its impressive elevations of 16,000 feet. The region’s stunning mountainous terrain includes Mt. Everest, the world’s most famous mountain peak, located on the Tibet and Nepal border. 

“The exotic topography of Lhasa, combined with the unparalleled bespoke service of the St. Regis brand, will make this resort an extremely attractive choice for the world’s most discerning travelers,” said Ross Klein, President of Starwood’s Luxury Brand Group. “The St. Regis, Lhasa will undoubtedly be heralded as one of the most extraordinary luxury resorts not only in Asia, but in the entire world.” 

Due to the completion of the much-anticipated Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Tibet is currently experiencing a surge in international interest, spurring dramatic growth in tourism. Tourist arrivals to Lhasa have grown at a rate of over 15 percent since the railway was completed and Tibet expects to host more than three million domestic and international tourists this year, a 28 percent increase over last year. 

St. Regis Resort, Lhasa will be located on the eastern side of the city of Lhasa, in the famous Barkhor area, where the majority of Tibetans reside. Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, is the political, economic, cultural, and transportation center of the province. The breathtaking Potala Palace, which can be viewed from the hotel’s guest rooms and lobby, is just ten minutes away by car. Other tourist, retail and entertainment districts are also located in close proximity to the hotel. 

The resort’s facilities will include 169 rooms, including a presidential suite and 50 villa-style suites, 9,000 square feet of meeting space, three restaurants, a health club and spa, an indoor heated pool and a business center. St. Regis Resort, Lhasa will be designed by the award-winning design firm, Denniston International Architects and Planners, led by principal Jean-Michel Gathy. 

Following in the tradition of the legendary St. Regis New York, The St. Regis Resort, Lhasa will feature the famed hallmarks of St. Regis hotels – butler service and luxury accommodations for worldly travelers. The renowned St. Regis Butler Service offers unparalleled round-the-clock personal attention to every guest. Trained in the English tradition, the butlers provide ever-present yet unobtrusive service while anticipating guest needs and customizing each guest's stay according to his or her specific tastes and preferences. 

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts 
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts includes the most celebrated properties in the world. Founded by John Jacob Astor with landmark St. Regis Hotel, New York over a century ago, the company will unveil highly anticipated St. Regis properties in Mexico City (2007), Punta Mita, Mexico (2007), Singapore (2007), Bali (2007), Anguilla (2008), Atlanta (2008), Bahía Beach, Puerto Rico (2008) Costa Rica (2008) Deer Valley® (2008), Puerto Rico (2008) and Bal Harbour, FL (2009) that will further enhance the brand's legacy. Personalized service and amenities, enviable locations and luxuriously localized design are recognized worldwide as hallmarks of the St. Regis experience. For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. 
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 850 properties in more than 95 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood® Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points®, W®, Le Méridien® and the recently announced AloftSM and ElementSM Hotels. 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 

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. 


Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Leila Siman, 914-640-2635

Also See: Banyan Tree Opening Luxury Resort in China's Yunnan Province, the Banyan Tree Ringha / July 2005
Beijing Yongtai Hotel Management Co., Ltd to Develop an aloft Hotel in Beijing, China / January 2007

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