Win a Starwood Vacation Ownership Interest for Life With Starwood.Com's Play & Stay Sweepstakes

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Aug. 26, 2002 Starwood Introduces Redesigned Web Sites And The Chance to Win Great Vacation Prizes

To celebrate the redesign of its corporate and brand Web sites, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) is introducing the Starwood.Com Play & Stay Sweepstakes. Beginning today, visitors to can experience first-hand the Web sites improved search capabilities, user friendly navigation and increased functionality while they try their luck at winning spectacular vacation prizes to some of the world's most renowned hotels and resorts including The Westin Regina Resort in Cancun, Mexico, the chic W Sydney in Sydney, Australia and the luxurious Hotel Cala Di Volpe in Costa Smeralda, Italy. All vacation prizes include airfare and one-week hotel accommodations for two(a).
To enter Starwood's Play & Stay sweepstakes visit and click on the Sweepstakes link to take part in a fun, interactive quiz and register for a chance to win one of four weekly vacation prizes and the grand prize – a one-week Vacation Ownership Interest for life at Sheraton's Vistana Villages in Orlando, Florida. Starwood.Com's Play & Stay Sweepstakes begins today and runs through September 23, 2002. Consumers can visit Starwood's redesigned Web sites simply by accessing,,,,, or

Booking a Weekend Escape or Vacation has Never Been Easier

Key features of Starwood's Web site redesign include:

— Redesigned homepages and improved search engines make it easier and faster to search for a hotel, find great rates and book reservations online.
— Enhanced and expanded property information with richer photography, new slideshows, property level promotions and improved individual hotel descriptions.
— New Starwood Resorts Site is dedicated to Starwood's award-winning resorts around the world, and allows guests to search for a resort by location or interest. So whether you want to take relax on a beach or book a ski getaway, makes it simple to find the perfect Starwood resort for your next vacation.
— Starwood Golf Vacations Site provides golfers with access to one-stop-shop golf vacations to more than 80 of Starwood's premier golf resorts around the world as well as access to USA PGA TOUR Tournament Player Club championship courses. Create your dream golf vacation on-line or visit the special offers section for great golf promotions and packages.

Our goal was to redesign our Web sites so that they are easy to understand and simple to use, and to do this we've spent a tremendous amount of time researching and examining our sites and evaluating guest feedback on what needed to be improved upon and changed, said Mark Koehler, vice president, Interactive Marketing for Starwood. Our new Web sites now offer our guests a more fulfilling online guest experience and full access to some of the world's best hotels and resorts. This combined with Starwood's Best Rate Guarantee make the first site consumers should visit when planning their next trip.
For more information and your chance to win a vacation for life visit today.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 740 properties in more than 80 countries and 110,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W brands, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit

(a) For full Terms & Conditions see rules and regulations page for Starwood.Com Play & Stay Sweepstakes at