Cruise Planners December LB 2017

News From Starwood!


Chris Austin
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Vice President
Global Retail Leisure & Luxury Sales

This spring and summer, Starwood’s Specialty Select Brands including Four Points, Aloft and Element, are thanking our StarwoodPros with an additional discount of up to 10 percent off the already discounted STARPRO rates, and including two free drinks during your stay.

I wanted to make sure that our good friends and readers were aware of this great opportunity. I am hoping you are all making some plans for yourself this summer, and I am also hoping that Starwood can provide a little something extra to make it less expensive and a better experience. So we hope you book and stay by September 30, and experience our Specialty Select Brands.

I also wanted to make sure that all of you knew we would be supporting the upcoming CLIA Cruise3Sixty in Vancouver. We will have three different opportunities for Starwood training during that event and I hope that if you are heading to Vancouver, you attend one of our sessions, and you come and say a personal hello to me as well!

Our sessions include two opportunities to join me and learn about everything StarwoodPro. I will offer this session on both June 20 and 21st. During this session I will take you on a virtual tour of Starwood has ten destination modules, and more being added each quarter, on our ProLearning platform. Learn some of the highlights of the available modules and how you can earn access to Starwood’s lowest travel professional rates. You will hear about the company’s extensive network of pre- and post-cruise hotel and resort options, as well as highlights on all the resources we have created for you through And, those who attend this session will have the chance to win exciting prizes and the chance to experience one of the nine Starwood brands and 1,100 properties in 100 countries around the world. A second attendee will win a $100 American Express gift card.

Also on Friday, June 21, my colleague Francisco Blanch, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Starwood South Florida & Caribbean Collection will immerse attendees in our unique properties in the most important ports of call: Miami, Fort Lauderdale and San Juan. Francisco Blanch will present Starwood branded properties including W, Westin, Sheraton and St Regis in these exciting locations served by most prominent cruise lines. You will learn about excellent locations nearby each port, as well as highlights on dining and entertainment options at each property and their convenience for pre and post-cruise options, And, those who attend this session will have the chance to win a 2 night stay giveaway to experience.

As a community, the travel professional community, you have proven your dedication to us at Starwood. Why are we out here supporting you? Why is the easiest part of that question. We receive a significant proportion of our business from travel professionals. We know you are important to our business. Come stay with us this summer!