13/05/2008Starwood hotels & resorts(The Westin Resort & Spa CANCUN – Summer 2008) launches its first-ever family travel program ”Love Your Family”

New “Directors of Fun” Curate Family Activities Designed for Kids and Grownups Alike at Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Resorts

Hotel children’s programs aren’t just for kids anymore! Beginning this summer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. will unveil a new family-friendly program with signature services and curated experiences designed for kids and grownups alike. “Love Your Family” will launch in 29 resort locations flying the Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection brand flags. Debuting first in the U.S. and the Caribbean, the program will expand internationally to Canada, Latin America and Europe by 2009.

Taking traditional children’s programming one step further, Love Your Family was developed using customer research, guest feedback and good old common sense, all of which suggest that when spending vacations together, kids and their parents welcome creative programming that caters to the entire family.

Starting today, reservations lines are open to book stays at each of the 29 participating resorts. Guests can access the latest information by dialing 1-888-625-5144 and visiting the Love Your Family website: www.FamilyFunSpecials.com

The core elements of Love Your Family include three signature experiences. Fireside Storytelling, Stargazing, and Movies nights – as well as other features that will be indigenous to each respective property. Additionally, Love Your Family includes services designed to appeal especially to parents, including connecting rooms, food and beverage discounts, and other unique packages and offers, all coordinated by the resort’s newly appointed “Director of Fun.”

“With families busier than ever these days, our guests have told us that it’s more important than ever to spend meaningful time together as a family — especially during cherished vacations,” said Matt Ouimet, President, Starwood Hotel Group. “The purpose of Love Your Family is not only to help families maximize their time together, but to create memories that will last well beyond the flight home.”

director of fun

Each participating Love Your Family resort will feature a Director of Fun, a family ambassador of entertainment, who will make sure that all elements of a family hotel stay are in place to make the vacation a memorable one. In addition, the Director of Fun will oversee a “fun staff” responsible for coordinating activities and experiences throughout guests’ stay

signature experiences

While each resort will provide a unique family travel experience indigenous to its location, signature evening experiences will be found at each participating Love Your Family resort. These will include Fireside Storytelling, Stargazing and Dive-In Movies.
• fireside storytelling allows families to gather around a campfire, roast marshmallows and make S’mores while enjoying stories told by professional and locally relevant storytellers.
• stargazing invites families to join together, use telescopes and observe the night sky constellations and learn about the stars and the galaxy.
• movie night let families go for a swim while simultaneously enjoying favorite family films on the pool’s big screen, paired with theme nights and coordinated activities

parents’ night out

While Love Your Family focuses on a true family vacation, Starwood also recognizes that parents need some “alone time” every now and then. To deliver on this experience, a core component of the program offers parents a guilt-free night off while their children enjoy their own big night out, dining with other kids and enjoying fun and festive counselor-led activities.

guest room amenities and services

When families book trips as part of the Love Your Family package, they are guaranteed a host of family-friendly amenities including connecting rooms, child safety accessories, and a minimum of at least one family television station.
food and beverage
Knowing that nothing bugs parents more than paying full-price for their child’s meal only to have it go half-eaten, Love Your Family lets children five and under eat for free, while children six to 12 receive 50 percent off the regular menu with child portions.
packages/offers
Trips and packages through the Love Your Family program are available by visiting www.FamilyFunSpecials.com

coming soon
o The Westin Resort & Spa (Cancun, Mexico) – coming Summer 2008

about starwood hotels & resorts worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points® by Sheraton, W®, Le Méridien® and the recently announced AloftSM and ElementSM Hotels. 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

Contact:
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Angela Bliss, 914-640-8334
angela.bliss@starwoodhotels.com

The Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun
Roberto Grisanti, Director of Fun 52-998-848-7400
Roberto.grisanti@westin.com