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Jim Curtis Returns to the 998-room Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
in Hollywood, Florida as Director of Sales & Marketing
HOLLYWOOD, FL – Feb. 11, 2013 – After three years overseeing sales and marketing efforts for Starwood Caribbean, Jim Curtis has returned to The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa to take on the role of director of sales & marketing for the second time. With over 26 years of hospitality experience including 21 years with Starwood, Curtis will be responsible for continuing to drive occupancy at the Hollywood, FL resort by targeting groups of all sizes.

“We are pleased that Jim has returned to The Westin Diplomat,” said Ed Walls, general manager. “He is well-respected in the area and has been responsible for record-setting sales and marketing efforts at some of Starwood’s top-performing properties.  We’re happy to have him at the property again.”

The 998-room, beachfront property is ideally located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami and nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. The resort is connected by a pedestrian skywalk to a state-of-the-art 209,000-square-foot convention center with a 50,000 square foot unobstructed great hall, four ballrooms and 39 breakout rooms. Additional resort amenities include award-winning restaurants, watersports and two marinas, an 18-hole championship golf course managed by Troon Golf®, a 10-clay court Tennis Center, a 30,000-square-foot full-service spa and an additional 14,000-square-foot Heavenly Spa by Westin™ set to open in April 2013.

In his previous role, Curtis also managed sales and marketing for The Westin St. John Resort & Villas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Earlier in his career, he held the same title at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Phoenix as well as at Sheraton hotels in Tuscon and Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. Curtis began his Starwood career in 1991 at the Sheraton New Orleans.

For more information about The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa or to make reservations, call 888-627-9057 or visit

About The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is conveniently located on the beach between Fort Lauderdale and the international hub of Miami. With 998 rejuvenating guest rooms, The Diplomat offers an array of amenities including several cuisine options from award-winning seafood and steakhouse Hollywood Prime to 24-hour in-room dining. The Diplomat’s convention center provides over 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting and catering space including four ballrooms, a 50,000 square foot unobstructed Great Hall and 39 individual meeting rooms. For further information, contact The Westin Diplomat sales office at 954-602-8600 or visit online at

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 SuperFoodsRX® 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. (NYSE: HOT). Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,128 properties in nearly 100 countries and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood 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, Aloft®, 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 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 visit


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