Starwood Hotels And White Lodging To Expand Westin Brand In Austin

      Starwood Hotels And White Lodging To Expand Westin Brand In Austin

Slated to open in Spring 2015, The Westin Austin Downtown will be White
Lodging's 24th Austin Hotel and the City's Second Westin

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STAMFORD, Conn. and MERRILLVILLE, Ind., Jan. 10, 2013

STAMFORD, Conn. and MERRILLVILLE, Ind., Jan.10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Starwood
Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and White Lodging Services
Corporation today announced plans to open a second Westin hotel in Austin,
Texas. The Westin Austin Downtown is scheduled to break ground in 2013 and
open in Spring 2015 on the northeast corner of East Fifth Street and San
Jacinto Boulevard. The 17-story, 326-room Westin hotel will be a joint venture
between White Lodging Services Corporation, the Harry Whittington family and
REI Real Estate Services, LLC.


"We are delighted to work with White Lodging to expand the Westin brand in
Austin, where we will soon offer travelers another terrific location, this
time in the heart of downtown near high-tech businesses and live music
venues," said Allison Reid, Senior Vice President of North America
Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. "The Westin brand is
experiencing robust demand in cities throughout North America and has
generated a fiercely loyal following among both business and leisure travelers
due to the outstanding success of its distinct wellness positioning and

Located at the center of Austin's lively downtown, The Westin Austin Downtown
will be just one and a half blocks from the city's convention center and a
short walk to many of the city's restaurants and music venues. The famous
Sixth Street entertainment district is just around the corner. Hotel
facilities will include a White Lodging-managed, full-service restaurant,
fitness center, and 13,500 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and banquet

"We are so pleased to be developing another signature project in Austin. The
demand for high-quality hotels continues to grow here," said Deno Yiankes,
president and CEO of White Lodging's investment and development division.
"And, we are excited to do this in partnership with the Whittington family and

"We continue to experience an uptick in demand across Austin and particularly
in the central business district," said Bob Lander, president & CEO of the
Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Business travel, leisure and
conventions all generate demand in this area and Westin Hotels & Resorts has
long been recognized as a leader and innovator in these market segments.
Starwood, Westin's parent company, has an extremely strong international sales
presence and we look forward to working with them to further increase the
awareness of Austin as a premier destination."

In addition to helping meet an ever-growing demand for hotel rooms, the Westin
will generate significant economic benefits, including more than 130 permanent
jobs and approximately $4.5 million in taxes annually.

"Westin Hotels and White Lodging have again shown special talent and ability
to bring high quality developments to Austin," said co-owner Harry M.
Whittington."We are pleased with their plans to make San Jacinto and Fifth
Street a new and accessible hospitality center."

"Developing this hotel next to our historic 6^th Street District is another
major step in the city's economic development efforts, said Austin Mayor Lee
Leffingwell. "I couldn't be more pleased with the jobs and revenue White
Lodging and Westin are bringing to Austin."

The sensory-rich environment at Westin offers a respite from the rigors of
travel and sets a welcoming tone. The Westin brand's innovative programs and
instinctive service transform every aspect of a guest's stay into a
revitalizing experience. All guestrooms and suites at The Westin Austin
Downtown will offer the world-renowned Westin Heavenly^® Bed – an oasis of
lush sheets, down and a patented pillow-top mattress, which cradles and
contours to the body for truly restorative sleep. Guests will revive in the
Heavenly^® Bath enhanced with the brand's Heavenly^® Shower, Heavenly^® Robe
and White Tea Aloe bath amenities, in-room and high-speed Internet access. The
hotel also will also offer the Westin brand's signature SuperFoodsRX^® menu,
which includes nutrient-rich and delicious options to tempt every palate.

Westin Hotels & Resorts, like all brands within Starwood's robust portfolio,
is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest^® program, which made headlines
when it launched in 1999 with a breakthrough policy of no blackout dates on
Free Night Awards. SPG^® offers members the ability to redeem awards at more
resorts, more luxury properties, more European hotels and more golf properties
than any other hotel program.

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White Lodging Services Corporation- was established in 1985 and is
headquartered in Merrillville, Ind. White Lodging is a fully integrated hotel
ownership, development and operations company – a recognized leader that has
defined and cultivated the ability to achieve consistent, sustainable growth
among mid-to large-scale hotels across the country. Its current portfolio
consists of more than 159 hotels in 20 states and encompasses several leading
brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Inc. For more
information about White Lodging, please

REI Real Estate Services – was established in 1994. Headquartered in Carmel,
Ind., the company has developed well over $1 billion worth of hotels, office
buildings and apartments in Indianapolis and throughout the country. REI Real
Estate Services provides a full range of real estate services to local,
regional and national clients, seeking to build long-term relationships which
build value for all parties involved.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect
of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services – like
the Heavenly Bed, delicious SuperFoodsRX® and WestinWorkout® studio – have
been designed with the guests' well-being in mind. Westin hotels,  with more
than 186 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned
by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT). Starwood Hotels &
Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in
the world with 1,128 properties in nearly 100 countries and 154,000 employees
at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner,
operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following
internationally renowned brands: St. Regis^®, The Luxury Collection^®, W^®,
Westin^®, Le Meridien^®, Sheraton^®, Four Points^® by Sheraton, Aloft^®, and
Element^SM. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs,
Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points
for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood
also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class
vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to
Starwood brands. For more information, please visit

(Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of federal securities regulations. Forward-looking statements are not
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and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially
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These risks and uncertainties are presented in detail in our filings with the
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or that results and events will not materially differ. We undertake no
obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether
as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.)

Kathleen Quilligan
White Lodging

Nadeen Ayala
Starwood Hotels & Resorts

SOURCE White Lodging Services Corporation

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