Starwood Hotels has completed a major milestone in the integration of the Le Meridien which it acquired 16 weeks ago. Now Le Meridien’s reservations, distribution, loyalty and sales functions have been fully integrated and these hotels will now be able to harness the power of Starwood’s global infrastructure and sales and marketing systems, giving it a solid foundation for growth.
Le Meridien Moments Members Welcomed into Starwood Preferred Guest
As part of this integration, Moments, the Le Meridien loyalty program, will cease to exist and Le Meridien hotels will join Starwood Preferred Guest, the hotel industry’s number one rated loyalty program.
Moments members now have access to Starwood’s entire global network with its 8 brands and 850 hotels in more than 95 countries.
Likewise, Starwood Preferred Guests can benefit from the addition of over 100 Le Meridien hotels, which with its heavy international distribution nearly doubles Starwood’s hotel footprint in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and increases its distribution by nearly 30% in Asia Pacific.
New destinations where Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn and redeem points include Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Budapest.
“The assimilation of Moments into Starwood Preferred Guest not only provides members with so many more options around the globe, but also enables Starwood to market to a whole new group of international travelers, particularly inbound travelers to the U.S. where Le Meridien has little presence,” said Javier Benito, Starwood’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.
“As we anticipated, the alignment of the Le Meridien brand with a larger, multi-branded hotel group has terrific benefits for the brand and we are committed to enhancing revenue and accelerating growth.”
According to Benito, in just the first 100 days, Starwood’s global sales force delivered leads worth over $85 million in potential revenue to Le Meridien Hotels.
“Completing these initial integrations, particularly the merging of the websites and loyalty programs, represents a key milestone in our transition, which we expect to be fully complete within six months,” said Michael Wale, Senior Vice President of Le Meridien Operations.
“We are particularly focused on defining the Le Meridien guest experience and footprint expansion. We see Le Meridien as a fantastic growth vehicle and we have aggressive plans to expand the brand around the world.”