Starwood Hotels & Resorts – known for its nine distinctive hotel brands – has revealed that it is set to open its 1,000th hotel in 2009. Among the brands, W Hotels is one that plans to triple in size in the next three years, opening 13 properties this year in markets that include Barcelona, Bali, Doha and Santiago, as well as Atlanta, South Beach, Hollywood and Washington D.C. Meanwhile, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is undergoing a $4 billion revitalisation program, expecting to open a further 18 hotels in places such as New York City; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Istanbul, Turkey; Prague, Czech Republic; and Qiandao, China. Both Aloft and St. Regis are also expanding rapidly. Recession… what recession?!
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