Vice President Global Leisure & Luxury Sales
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
I want to personally wish a very Happy New Year to all of our travel professional partners today. You are such a critical part of our business and I truly consider you a vital extension of Starwood’s own sales team. We value your customers as our guests and we work to make you look the hero at every turn.
This is already proving to be an exciting year for us. We have 11 brands that are now in more than 100 countries around the world eager to welcome your customers and provide exceptional travel experiences. On the next pages you will get a glimpse of each of our brands and how they can wow your customers. Remember matching the right customer to the right brand increases loyalty beyond reason and will drive your top line too.
As you are well aware, Starwood has remained a steadfast supporter of the travel professional community. I have personally been your advocate, a staunch champion of the travel professional supporting the best business practices to drive mutual benefit for all our organizations.
SPG® Pro, celebrated its first anniversary last y ear and capped the year with the incredible honor of winning Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice award for Best Travel Agent Loyalty Program. We are so honored and thank all of you who voted for us!
In just our first year, SPG Pro has grown our member base in 189 countries and rewarded enough points to book more than 150,000 room nights. With our extensive hotel program and the breadth of our hotel and resort portfolio, there is so much opportunity for our agency partners to benefit!
SPG Pro has revolutionized the B2B loyalty space as the first program of its kind to reward members across all segments for all business booked at Starwood, and provides customers with the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of SPG membership.
SPG Pro offers travel professionals the ability to earn SPG elite status, upgrades and Starpoints for B2B business booked at any of Starwood’s 1,250 hotels and resorts around the world. Plus, any SPG member who books an eligible event, whether that’s a corporate business meeting, holiday party, wedding, family reunion or social event– regardless of if they are a professional meeting planner or not – will earn Starpoints and status for the business they influence.
SPG Pro is also home to all the travel professional benefits we have built and continue to expand upon. Today you can access nearly 30 learning modules in our ProLearning multimedia training library including 25+ destination immersions to keep up on the global travel market. And through ProLearning they can also access our lowest industry rates, STARPRO, exclusively for you.
To enroll in SPG Pro, visit spg.com/pro.
Lastly as you are aware in today’s world the only constant is change and I’m sure you have all heard the news that Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. will be joining together. In summary after many months of exploring options for the company, our board arrived at a solution that we truly believe is a win for Starwood, Marriott, and our customers and guests. This is a move that brings together the very best in innovation and execution at our companies. Our combined global platform and growth opportunity will allow us to offer more choices in more places, expand our guest and customer base, and enrich our loyalty proposition and offerings. You certainly have a lot to look forward to with even more choices in even more places, giving you access to 1.1 million rooms across 5,500 hotels in more than 100 countries. For now, we remain two separate companies, with integration expected to be completed mid-2016. It’s business as usual and for Starwood our customers are at the core of everything we do, and that will not change