Starwood Hotels reached a statistical milestone in 2009 of 500 hotels in North America with the opening of the St. Regis Atlanta. An article last week in HotelsMag.com provided some interesting growth patterns for Starwood Hotels achieved in 2009.
W Ft. Lauderdale is the 30th W Hotel worldwide.
Element Denver Park Meadows is the 5th Element Hotel in North America (and worldwide).
Aloft Tallahassee Downtown is the 30th Aloft Hotel worldwide. While nearly all Aloft Hotels currently open are located in the US, there is already an Aloft Hotel open in Beijing and the Aloft Abu Dhabi is scheduled to open in about six weeks. India is scheduled to open several Aloft brand hotels in the next two years and Brussels will be the first Europe location scheduled for opening September 2010. Aloft Hotels directory link.
Four Points, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada is the 100th Four Points hotel in North America.
Starwood Hotels is poised to reach 1,000 hotels open worldwide in 2009.
Paul Sacco, Senior Vice President of Development for Starwood’s North America Division, points to hotel conversion as a major growth opportunity for Starwood Hotels. In this tough economic climate for hotel owners there will be plenty of hotel rebranding over the next couple of years.
The future holds plenty of potential for loyalty travelers as the major hotel chains grow and absorb more independent hotels and hotels organized in smaller associations.
Le Méridien Panama, the newest hotel in the brand, is Starwood’s first Le Méridien property in Central America. http://www.hotelsmag.com/article/CA6698826.html