Outpacing the competition in India, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced it will open nearly 20 additional hotels in this fast-growing market by 2015. With a legacy in India that dates back to 1973, Starwood currently operates 33 hotels in India and is the largest international hotel operator of four and five star hotels in India. In fact, since 2009, Starwood has opened nearly as many hotels in India as rivals Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott combined.
In 2012, Starwood will continue its growth momentum from the luxury to mid-market tiers with the opening of ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai, Westin ChennaiVelachery, ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jaipurand two Aloft hotels. With the opening of the ITC Grand CholaRajputana, The Luxury Collection brand will have nine hotels in India, making it the brand's second largest market behind only the U.S.
W and St. Regis to Make Landmark Debuts in India - The W brand will arrive in India in 2015 with the opening of the W Mumbai and the W Retreat & Spa Goa, which will be followed by the opening of W Noida, Delhi NCR in 2016. St. Regis will make its entry into India with the opening of The St. Regis Noida, Delhi NCR in 2016.
Mid-Market Brands, Aloft and Four Points by Sheraton in Demand Across India - Aloft recently doubled its footprint in India with the opening of Aloft Coimbatore and will continue its rapid growth with new hotels opening in Ahmedabad and Chandigarh. Four Points by Sheraton benefits from the halo effect of the powerful Sheraton brand and its long legacy in India, and will add two new hotels in the next two years.
India a Key Growth Market for SPG – Membership Grows 270% - Starwood's distinct and compelling brands are creating new loyal guests in India. Membership in Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), the company's award-winning loyalty program, has grown more than 270% since 2007. Today, SPG members represent almost 50% of hotel guests at Starwood's hotels in India. SPG was recently recognized as one of the top loyalty programs at the first annual Conde Nast Traveller India Reader's Awards
Starwood Opens a New Regional Office in Gurgaon - Reiterating its commitment to the region and to support the aggressive expansion plans of Starwood in the region, Starwood has relocated to a new state-of-the-art office in Gurgaon. Starwood has had a regional office in Gurgaon for over six years but it was no longer larger enough given the rapid expansion in the region. The new office at Vatika Business Park on Sohna Road houses a vibrant workspace for over 60 associates who actively work towards supporting Starwood's growth strategy in the region.
Sheraton Bangalore achieves
Five Star Deluxe classification
Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway has been awarded the Five Star Deluxe classification by the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism in February 2012. The Hotel and Restaurants Approval and Classification committee (HRACC) in respect of Classification of the hotel has been examined by the Government, whose decision is hereby announced as Five Star Deluxe category, this being the highest of the star ratings as per Government of India.