Thomas Mangas, currently chief financial officer, has been named chief executive of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He will take up the role on December 31st. The appointment follows the resignation of Adam Aron, who is leaving Starwood at the end of the month to become chief executive of AMC Entertainment Holdings.
Starwood has agreed to sell The Westin Excelsior Rome to Katara Hospitality for €222 million. As part of the deal, the historic hotel will be renovated in the next five years, including a top-to-bottom transformation of all guestrooms, as well as upgrades to the hotel’s public areas.
Starwood Hotels has announced plans for a 224-room dual-branded Aloft and Element hotel development in the fast-growing Love Field district in Dallas, Texas. Scheduled to open in December next year, Aloft Dallas Love Field and Element Dallas Love Field will anchor a new mixed-use development just one mile from Dallas Love Field Airport and the Dallas Medical District.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is debuting the Four Points brand in Indonesia, with the opening of Four Points Bali, Kuta. Located on Jalan Benesari Banjar Pengabetan in a serene area of Kuta. Four Points Bali, Kuta marks Starwood’s seventh property on the island of Bali.
Young brands such as Aloft and Elements are driving the Starwood Hotels & Resorts development pipeline in the Middle East. Neil George, senior vice president, acquisitions and developments, Africa & Middle East, Starwood Hotels & Resorts talks to Phil Blizzard at AHIC, providing a comprehensive overview about their developments across the region.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts will today unveil the multi-million euro full restoration of the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Milan. Owned by Doha-based Katara Hospitality and situated in the heart of the city’s rapidly emerging Porta Nuova district, Excelsior Hotel Gallia is a glittering reflection of Milan’s rich culture, sophisticated style and vibrant scene.
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has premiered an original short film directed by Matt Tyrnauer, author of the documentary feature Valentino: The Last Emperor. Seen through the eyes of local tastemakers, Made in Milan presents the city’s iconic landmarks alongside its hidden treasures, an intimate insight into Milan’s rich culture, timeless style and artisanal craft. The film is part of celebrations surrounding the opening of Katata Hospitality-owned Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan.
Doha-based Katara Hospitality today welcomes the internationally-renowned Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan to The Luxury Collection portfolio, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. It is the latest stage in the brand’s global development, with Katara also partnering with the Qatari Pavilion at Expo 2015. Here Breaking Travel News takes a look at all the latest news from this fast growing hospitality powerhouse.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has introduced Tribute Portfolio, the company’s tenth brand and second collection of independent hotels. Promising owners, Starwood Preferred Guest members and guests the ability to ‘Stay Independent,’ the Tribute Portfolio brand will be comprised of outstanding independent hotels and resorts. With a firm focus on four star, upper upscale hotels, Tribute Portfolio will complement Starwood’s The Luxury Collection brand and further solidify Starwood as the world’s most global high-end hotel company.
Starwood Preferred Guest has signed a new partnership with Uber, giving members the opportunity to earn coveted Starpoints during any Uber ride, worldwide. “This new partnership with Uber accelerates our SPG members’ drive to rewards and is just one more way that Starwood is combining high tech and high touch to transform their travel experiences,” said Adam Aron, chief executive, Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Frits van Paasschen has resigned as the chief executive of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide with immediate effect. The decision, by “mutual agreement”, comes a week after the hotel operator confirmed it would spin-off its timeshare business.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is planning to relocate its global headquarters from the United States to India in March 2015 for a month-long immersion. Starwood president Frits van Paasschen and the company’s top executives will split their time between Mumbai and Delhi, conducting day-to-day business from this important global destination with immense potential for outbound travel.