WHITE PLAINS, NY – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. marks a milestone in its aggressive growth in Greater China announcing the signing of the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel, their 100th hotel in the area. As the first international hotel chain to enter China when the historic Great Wall Beijing Sheraton Hotel was established in 1985, Starwood today is the largest international upscale hotel company in China and continues to grow its footprint there with the expansion of its brands including Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, Sheraton, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and W hotels in established and emerging cities, as well as resort destinations.
“With strong domestic demand, an increasing affinity for global brands and international inbound travel on the rise, our opportunity in China is perhaps unsurpassed anywhere in the world,” said Simon Turner, president, Global Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “What’s more, by 2020, China is expected to generate over 100 million outbound trips a year, more than triple its current output, making it one of the largest origins of outbound travel in the world. As the Chinese travel abroad, they look for brands they know, and, therefore, Starwood’s development in China today has significant implications for our hotels worldwide.”
A dominant player in the upper-upscale and luxury hotel market in China, Starwood is poised to grow in the select service segment, as well as demand for moderately-priced accommodations accelerates. In September, Starwood will debut its first Aloft hotel in China, with the opening of the aloft Beijing, Haidian. Conceived by the same team that created W Hotels, aloft is designed with young, style-conscious, design-savvy consumers in mind. Four Points by Sheraton, also a select serve brand, continues to strike a chord with developers in China who admire the brand’s comfortable, fun and fuss-free experience with a dozen hotels expected to open shortly.
“We expect healthy expansion as we launch Aloft throughout China and continue to expand our established brands in various Chinese cities where we are currently under penetrated,” commented Miguel Ko, president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. “Starwood continues to win many new hotel projects in China and this is largely due to the confidence the development community has in our lifestyle brands, noted innovations and consistently strong delivery of results in the region.”
Starwood is growing aggressively throughout Asia Pacific with 80 hotels currently under construction. China is fueling growth in the region, and more than half of Starwood’s pipeline in Asia Pacific is in Greater China, where the company expects to double its portfolio by 2011. In addition to the 43 hotels Starwood currently operates in China, Starwood has 57 new properties scheduled to open. These include 22 Sheraton hotels, 12 Four Points by Sheraton hotels, 8 Westin hotels, 5 W hotels, 4 St Regis hotels, 3 Le Meridien hotels, 2 Aloft hotels and 1 The Luxury Collection brand hotel.
Globally, Starwood marked a milestone this year with the opening of its 900th hotel, and expects to increase its portfolio by 50% over the next five years, driven by aggressive global expansion across all its brands and the unprecedented growth of its two new brands, aloft and element which launched earlier this year. Starwood’s global pipeline includes 500 hotels and 120,000 rooms. Approximately half of Starwood’s new hotels are expected to open outside of North America, reflecting the company’s impressive growth in dynamic international markets.
Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel will feature 470 rooms, approximately 36,000 square feet of meeting space, three restaurants and bar, a health club, spa and indoor heated swimming pool. The hotel is part of the final phase of the Global Trade Center (GTC) mixed-use complex development. The complex comprises offices, retail shops, condominium, serviced apartments, and the hotel. Located in Dongcheng District, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel is located in the heart of Beijing transportation network near the Third Ring Road, and within close proximity to the 2008 Olympics venue, business and financial districts as well as Tiananmen Square. In addition to Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel, Starwood currently has two hotels under construction in Beijing: Aloft Beijing Haidian and Four Points by Sheraton Beijing, Haidian; as well as four hotels in operation: Great Wall Sheraton Beijing, The Westin Beijing, Financial Street, The Westin Beijing, Chaoyang and St Regis Beijing.