Cruise Planners December LB 2017

Cheers to 2013


Chris Austin
Vice President
Global Retail Leisure & Luxury Sales
Starwood Hotels & Resorts

To our valued partners in The Travel Professional Community, I simply want to say THANK YOU for all of your support throughout 2013 and to wish you a magical holiday season. We are thrilled with our ever expanding relationship with you and we will continue to expand our support and relationship with all of you. This year we grew the ranks of our StarwoodPro family to nearly 50,000 dedicated professionals in 93 countries around the globe and thanks to all of you our ranks grew significantly!

And because we are such good partners, I want to give you a bit of a sneak peek into some excitement for 2014. We will be celebrating 5 years of StarwoodPro and, as is our way, we will be celebrating by rewarding our travel professional partners. We will be offering a variety of surprise and delights, prizes, promotions and more. If you are a StarwoodPro, you will hear all the details shortly. If you are not yet a StarwoodPro, here’s yet one more reason to take the time to complete our Loyalty and Brands module and become a StarwoodPro today. And as an insider tip, if I were you, I’d complete as many modules as possible. We’ll be rewarding those who have graduated from more modules with even bigger surprise and delights. Visit us at and make that happen!

We have launched several new initiatives this year and we have seen such strong support from so many of you. Our ProLearning destination modules now include 14 destinations and with more to come.

As we continue to grow our portfolio of properties and our global footprint, we are truly excited to also be growing the support and strength of our travel professional partners as well. Thank you for entrusting your customers to us and for continuing to engage with us! We look forward to welcoming each of you and your clientsat one of our properties around the globe in the coming year! Keep supporting those who support you, I value every single hotel booking you make at a Starwood Hotel and Resort.

All the very best for the holidays and here’s to a very successful 2014 as trusted partners together.

Cheers,Chris Austin
Vice President, Global Leisure & Luxury Sales
Starwood Hotels & Resorts