The First Starwood Hotel Opens in the Country’s Main Economic Hub
Baku, Azerbaijan – October 10, 2011 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announces that it has opened a new Sheraton hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan. An official grand opening is scheduled to take place at Sheraton Baku Airport Hotel in 2012 upon the complete implementation of all signature Sheraton amenities.
The hotel’s opening marks Starwood’s entry into Azerbaijan and is part of company’s strategic expansion plan to open more than 60 Sheraton hotels around the world in the next three years. This also follows the debut of the iconic Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Centre in Italy this year and reinforces Sheraton’s position as the leading operator of airport hotels in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
Owned by Silk Way Airlines LLC, Sheraton Baku Airport Hotel is located directly in front of the capital’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport. The hotel has 207 rooms and suites, offering the only branded accommodation option in the vicinity of the airport. Guests can expect the luxurious all-white SweetSleeper beds, while other signature Sheraton amenities like the Sheraton Club Lounge, the Link@Sheraton experienced with Microsoft communications hub, and Sheraton Fitness programmed by Core Performance will be introduced over the next six months.
Thomas Willms, Vice President and Regional Director, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, East and Central Europe comments: “We are excited to be entering the Azerbaijani market with the Sheraton brand and to be located in the country’s main economic hub. We hope that the hotel will further elevate Baku’s status as a key tourist destination in the East Central Europe region. The hotel’s prime location and signature Sheraton amenities will appeal to global jet-setters who appreciate the opportunity to stay connected to information and loved ones.”
Starwood currently operates some 75 hotels in East Central Europe, including three hotels in Moscow, two in Georgia, and one in both the Slovak Republic and Ukraine.
About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
Sheraton helps guests make connections at more than 400 hotels in 70 countries around the world and recently completed a $6 billion global revitalization and is now in the midst of a $5 billion global expansion over the next three years. Sheraton is owned by and is the largest and most global brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1025 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels 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 Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
About Silk Way Airlines LLC
Since the moment Silk Way Airlines has first launched 10 years ago in 2001, the company built up a tremendous fleet and a wide network. Working together with the Azerbaijan Airlines to secure the State reputation as a key regional hub, Silk Way Airlines is a unique air carrier with the newest IL-76 and Boeing freighter built aircrafts.
Over the past 10 years, Silk Way gained an extensive experience in establishing regular services into the areas which were far beyond the scheduled flights. Silk Way has been closely co-operating with Governmental and Non-governmental Organizations providing a dedicated solution for group requests on a daily basis. With delivery of B747 Freighters, Silk Way Airlines became able to open regular cargo services and carry out long haul flights between the continents. Our investment into Aviation industry continues, including two more Boeing 767-300F planned to deliver in year 2012.
Director Public Relations
Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East
t +32 2 204 5494