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  • 1.FALL 2008 News in brief Starwood Celebrates "Global Out of Office Day" G.O.O.D On September 15th, Starwood invited New Yorkers, along with more than 600 Starwood Corporate associates, to swap their ties for t-shirts and ditch their wing tips for flip flops. They spent the day working remotely in Central Park as part of the Sheraton brands first-ever Global Out of Office Day (G.O.O.D). G.O.O.D launches Sheratons new signature hotel offering: the [email protected] experienced with Microsoft, a unique lobby lounge that enables todays travelers to stay connected with instant access to information and technology for work, leisure and social networking. G.O.O.D. also kicks off a newly inked sponsorship of free Wi-Fi in Central Parks iconic Sheeps Meadow and marks Sheraton hotels partnership announcement with PepsiCo, the event sponsor, naming SoBe Life Water the official vitamin-enhanced water brand of Sheraton and the [email protected] for todays professionals who are no longer chained to the office, and can seamlessly maintain productivity while working remotely, The [email protected] is rolling out in Sheraton hotels worldwide as a key component of a comprehensive effort to revitalize the iconic Sheraton brand and enhance the guest experience at Sheratons 408 hotels in 75 countries.Global Out of the Office Day continued around the globe with events happening in Buenos Aires, Lisbon, New York, Shanghai and Sydney. Thousands of people stayed fully connected while out of the office thanks to the [email protected] experienced with Microsoft.Starwood Preferred Guest FlightsOn September 2, Starwood Preferred Guest launched SPG Flights, a groundbreaking redemption opportunity that is a first for the hotel industry. Members are now able to redeem Starpoints for airline tickets on hundreds of airlines worldwide with no blackout dates, even during peak periods such as holidays and for last-minute flights. If a participating airline has a seat for sale, members can redeem Starpoints to purchase it. Members can even earn their airline miles on most flights. To learn more about SPG Flights, visit SPG.com/flights.ELEMENT Paves a Green Path for Developers 20 hotels by 2009Designed for longer stays, and consisting entirely of new-build hotels, ELEMENT is uniquely positioned in the industry to spur widespread green development. ELEMENT designated its first hotel, Starwood-owned ELEMENT Lexington, MA, as a working laboratory to test the latest in green construction, products, design and operations. Using these learnings, the ELEMENT brand has created a road map for developers which streamlines certification pursuits and provides a pathway to cost-effective green building. Starwoods re- search indicates that LEED certification is achievable at a minimal cost premium. In addition, ELEMENTs research shows that the initial investment can be recouped within a few years, given associated operational savings.ELEMENT is committed to bringing more green building to our communities, including more than 20 planned ELEMENT hotels which will pursue LEED certification in markets including New York, Chicago, Orlando and Las Vegas.Great for the Earth, Great for GuestsELEMENTs key green features are cleverly designed to be as appealing aesthetically as they are eco-friendly, so travelers never compromise on style and comfort. They include energy efficient stainless steel appliances and lighting, water-efficient faucets and fixtures and bins for paper, plastic and glass which make recycling easy. Filtered water in guest rooms and amenity dispensers in the showers reduce plastic bottle waste. In addition, ELEMENT hotels use low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints and carpets with up to 100% recycled content and anti-microbial carpet pads which improve indoor air quality for guests and staff. Guests driving hybrid cars are rewarded with priority parking. Even the ubiquitous Do Not Disturb sign gets a green makeover, replacing the traditional paper tag with the environmentally-friendly magnet.Each ELEMENT hotel is infused with natural light, featuring a 16-foot window wall in the lobby and oversized windows in each guest room providing sightlines to the outdoors. Biophilic designliterally meaning the love of living systemsis the art of bringing the outside world in and natural colors and patterns are reflected in the ELEMENT rooms and public space design and furnishings. Click here to visit Element Hotels (CTRL + click)

2. Current PromotionPage 2 STARWOODS With Starwood Preferred Planner, you can save money and earn rich rewards for meetings and events booked by December 31, 2008 and actualized by December NORTH AMERICA 31, 2009: GRAND OPENINGS Save 3% on your master bill ARIZONA Earn thousands of Starpoints two ways: up to 100,000 bonus StarpointsW Scottsdalewhen you book, and additional Starpoints when your meetings and events Opened September 5, 2008actualize (one Starpoint for every three U. S. dollars in eligible revenue).Redeem your Starpoints for Free Night Awards at more than 900 distinctive hotels and resorts, frequent-flyer miles, in-hotel indulgences and more. Youll achieve significant savings for your company and with the Starpoints you earn, you can start planning your own delightful getaway. COLORADO The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon To learn more about Starwood Preferred Planner and Starwoods renowned Opened October 1, 2008 collection of distinctive hotels and resorts, go to starwoodmeetings.comClick Here to Read Terms and ConditionsWelcome Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel OREGON The Nines Opened October 16, 2008 Number of Guest Rooms : 1000 Number of Meetings Spaces: 17With more than 80,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space and an ideal location directly next door to the Phoenix Convention Center, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel will be one of the most sought-after event destinations in the Phoenix area. Their great meeting space includes a 29,000-square foot ballroom and 16 meeting rooms. Every room includes the latest in meeting technology, including High Speed Internet Access, video CHICAGO conferencing capabilities, and audiovisual resources. Sheraton Chicago Northbrook Conveniently located in the center of the city, the Phoenix hotel is adjacent to the Convention Opened October 16, 2008 Center and just five miles from the Sky Harbor International Airport. The 31-story hotel will redefine the city's skyline with its cloudlike white rooftop that turns stunningly translucent at night. This urban style will be reflected within the hotel, as well, with 1,000 guest rooms, modern meeting space, restaurants with exceptional city views, a large outdoor pool, and an onsite fitness center. Click here to visit the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.CLICK ON PHOTOS TO VISIT 3. Featured Properties Page 3 W Istanbul Number of Guest Rooms : 134 Number of Meetings Spaces: 3 Largest Meeting Space: 308 sq. ft. (28 sq.m)Where can you find the first W and its signature Jean-Georges Spice Market restaurant on the Eurasia continental divide? Why, at the W Istanbul, of course. The coolest address in the city's haute-est neighborhood, the Akaretler Row.Relax in the soothing, trend-spotting but Zen-inspiring W Lounge, or host the year's most memorable soiree at their private event space set against stunning views of the spectacular Bosphorus and magnificent city skyline. When you're ready, retreat to your spacious room, fully stocked with every comfort, including a state-of-the-art entertainment system and a Munchie Box full of delightful surprises. For taking care of business, your room is completely wired so you're always connected with the world. And if you need anything else, the Whatever/Whenever team is on duty 24/7/365. Click here to visit The W IstanbulTurkish DelightSensual Indulgences Sultans of Swing The modern centerpiece of the historic Make like a dervish and take a whirl of the Live like a king in the W rendition of opulent Akaretler Row Houses. A glittering tower decadent offerings. Sip a local raki in the cozyseraglios for modern explorers - rooms and amidst gilded domes and minarets. DynamicW Lounge, then savor the Southeast Asiansuites with garden, terrace or cabana adorned finance and chic shopping here, old city and flavors of Jean-Georgess Spice Market before with Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, the signature W monuments there. It's always the best of bothworking it off at the state-of-the-art SWEAT bed and a whimsical harem of stylish luxuries. worlds at the W Istanbul.Fitness Center. And yes, ottomans too. Westin Verasa Napa Number of Guest Rooms : 180 Number of Meetings Spaces: 5 Largest Meeting Space: 3128 sq. ft. (290 sq.m)Nestled on the banks of the Napa River, in the heart of North Americas premiere wine growing region, The Westin Verasa Napa is a serene, relaxing haven seamlessly blended with natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Explore Napa's beautifully restored architectural gems, attend outstanding performances in the renowned Napa Valley Opera House, frequent fine art exhibitions, drop in on jam sessions, and sample world famous cuisine. At The Westin Verasa Napa, each of the stylish suites encourages you to unwind with soft Heavenly Beds and inspiring views of historic down- town or the Napa River. Channel your energy in the 24-hour Westin- WORKOUT fitness facility or dive into the calming essences of the heated outdoor pool. Indulge in award-winning cuisine at La Toque or savor a nightcap at the newly designed wine barBank Caf and Bar.Whether you're planning a business meeting or the social event of the season, the Westin Verasa Napa assures an outstanding experience characterized by a modern elegance and effortless style. Upon entering the serene oasis, you will find 7,000 square feet of flexible function space all opening to a refreshing outdoor terrace, blending the exterior and inte- rior into one flowing, continuous environment. Plan a breathtaking wed- ding ceremony i

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