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Newsletter February 2010


Greece continues to attract the strongest names in the international hotel market and 2010 marks the opening of a number of properties that will carry global brand names.

In an agreement with Greece’s AktiHelona SA, Hilton Worldwide announced the operation of the Doubletree Hotel complex on the eastern Aegean island of Kos.

The hotel is scheduled to begin operations in May 2010. Patrick Fitzgibbon, Hilton Worldwide's Vice President of development for Europe and Africa, said: "Hilton Worldwide continues the exciting expansion of its hotels in Europe.

Greece has strong tourism infrastructure and Kos is the second most popular island in the Dodecanese. The Greek hotel market is characterised by independent privately owned hotels and domestic hotel chains, although we believe that there are significant growth opportunities for all of our brands throughout the country."

Hilton Worldwide already operates the five-star Athens Hilton.

In the spring of 2010, the Sheraton Rhodes Resort will open its doors, the first hotel of the Sheraton chain in Greece. It is the eighth property in Greece of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. The hotel is located in the island of Rhodes, just a few kilometres from the historical town center. The recently renovated Sheraton Rhodes Resort has 401 rooms. The entry of the Sheraton chain will signify the expansion of Starwood to Greece, where it already manages seven Luxury Collection hotels and one Westin hotel.  "Rhodes is a fascinating destination and we are enthusiastic to bring Sheraton, our most emblematic chain, in this significant tourist destination" stated Mr. Roeland Vos, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. "We are especially pleased that we will cooperate with Tourist Resorts S.A. as we will be adding another unique resort in Starwood’s portfolio of luxury hotels."

Sheraton Rhodes Resort will offer three choices of restaurants, a full service spa, fitness services, and a private beach. The 44 suites include two super luxurious suites with three bedrooms, and also family rooms with open air spaces and kitchenettes. The resort will offer a wide selection of sports activities, children’s facilities, one indoor and three outdoor swimming pools. For business clients and social events,  Sheraton Rhodes Resort can accommodate 1000 people, has many meeting and break-out areas, full audio video technology, and wireless internet.

Westin Resort Costa Navarino and The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has also signed an agreement with TEMES S.A., to operate two new luxury resort hotels in Greece: Westin Resort Costa Navarino and The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort.  Both properties are located in Costa Navarino in the region of Messinia in southwest Peloponnese.Costa Navarino is a new high-end tourism destination in the Mediterranean.

"We are delighted about the trust and confidence TEMES S.A. has shown in Starwood and in The Luxury Collection brand" said Roeland Vos, President of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. "We are fully committed to provide exceptional service and great emotional experiences to our global customers while growing our already exceptional Luxury Collection brand portfolio. The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort,  will offer unforgettable stays with a distinctive and inspiring character, while the Westin Resort Costa Navarino will nurture its customers, elevating their senses with a very instinctive and personal sense of hospitality."

Achilles Constantakopoulos, Managing Director of TEMES, added: "We are delighted to welcome Starwood to Costa Navarino.  We believe that a leading international operator like Starwood is an invaluable partner in our joint efforts to establish Costa Navarino as a new high-end destination in the Mediterranean.  Our goal is to provide unique enriching experiences to our guests in a setting of exceptional natural beauty and cultural history."

The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort will offer 321 beautifully appointed rooms and suites with 142 private infinity pools in addition to an extensive common pool area. Guests will choose among four different dining venues and bars, where ethnic and traditional cuisine based on local organic ingredients will give new meaning to dining.

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino will offer 445 deluxe rooms and suites with 123 private infinity pools in addition to an extensive common pool area. Four distinct restaurants and various pool, lounge and chill-out bars, each with different views of the landscape, will provide an inviting range of international and local cuisines.

Hotel guests will be able to enjoy a 3,300 m2 Spa and Thalassotherapy Center located within the resort complex. The Spa will offer a full range of specialty treatments based on Asian and Ancient Greek philosophy, utilizing the area’s unique natural products and elements, as well as athletic facilities and extensive heat experiences with an indoor pool.  Children of all ages will experience outstanding entertainment facilities unique to the Mediterranean.

A state-of-the-art conference center will be able to accommodate up to 2,000 delegates.  A village center will provide an open air theater, exclusive shopping as well as signature restaurants and bars.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is present in Greece with nine other properties: the legendary and historic Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, the Astir Palace Complex located in a magnificent private peninsula in Vouliagmeni - Athens, which includes the Westin Athens, the Arion Resort & Spa and the W Athens (opening 2011) - the Blue Palace Resort & Spa in Elounda - Crete, the Santa Marina Resort in Mykonos, Sheraton Rhodes Resort (opening 2010), and the Vedema Resort and the Mystique in Santorini.