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Welcome to the Le Méridien Newsroom. Simply click an item title below for the latest news and developments on our international hotels and resorts.

Starwood Reports Strong Second Quarter 2007 Results

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today reported strong second quarter 2007 financial results to the public. For details, please click here.

No Passport, No Problem - Starwood Hotels Celebrates Relaxed Passport Rules With Great Deals In Canada, The Caribbean And Mexico

The new passport restrictions have relaxed, so you can too.  To celebrate this summer’s suspension of passport requirements to Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is offering great deals at many of its hotels and resorts in these destinations.

Starwood Hotels Leads The Hospitality Industry With Its Record-Setting Global Hotel Pipeline

Hot on the heels of its record-breaking success in 2006, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announces that it anticipates executing 200 new deals and opening more than 80 new hotels in 2007, almost doubling the number of properties the company opened last year.

Starwood Reports Strong First Quarter 2007 Results

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today reported strong first quarter 2007 financial results to the public. For details, please click here.

Starwood Hotels Gives Insider Access To Exclusive Events With New Auction Website

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and its Starwood Preferred Guest® program, the award-winning hotel loyalty program, is introducing a new online auction website where members can use their Starpoints® to bid on exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Announces Exclusive Global Hotel Partnership With Special Olympics

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Special Olympics announced today the launch of a three year, global partnership naming Starwood Hotels as the exclusive hotel sponsor of Special Olympics and the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China.

Le Méridien Makes Its Debut In The Mediterranean

Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® announces that Le Méridien® Lav has opened its doors in the stunning Mediterranean port of Split. The resort, previously known as Hotel Lav and regaled as the ‘best address in Split,’ has undergone a $150 million renovation and is the first Le Méridien hotel in Croatia, as well as the latest addition to Le Méridien's growing portfolio since Starwood acquired the brand in November 2005.

"The Sky is the Limit" for the First Night at Le Royal Méridien Shanghai

On December 1st 2006, in an extraordinary installation of light and art, Le Royal Méridien Shanghai will officially open with a First Night(SM) celebration entitled "The Sky is the Limit". The internationally acclaimed artist Thierry Dreyfus will re-imagine the Shanghai cityscape, unveiling a permanent and contemporary light installation that will enrich the electric Shanghai skyline.

American Express And Starwood Hotels Launch New Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card For Small Business Owners And The Enhanced Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card For Consumers

American Express Company and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announced the launch of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card for small business owners and the enhanced Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card for consumers. Cardmembers can take advantage of greater benefits and richer rewards, making it easier than ever for consumers, and now small business owners, to earn free nights at more than 825 Starwood hotels and resorts around the world and award flights with more than 30 airline partners.

The Historic City Of St. Petersburg Selected For Starwood's First New Le Méridien Hotel In Russia Since Acquiring The Brand

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced today it has executed a long term agreement to manage the newly named Le Méridien St. Petersburg in the historic city of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts' Expansion Plans Continue

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, part of the Starwood Hotels & Resort portfolio, continues its worldwide expansion, with 14 new properties currently in the pipeline to open during 2006 and beyond. This expansion, located throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, follows on from the five new Le Méridien hotels that opened during 2005.

Le Royal Méridien Shanghai Makes its Debut Reaches New Heights as Tallest Building in Shanghai Puxi

Le Royal Méridien Shanghai opened its doors this week in the pulse point of Shanghai, the world’s most electric and vibrant city. The opening of Le Royal Méridien Shanghai further signals the brand’s aggressive growth plan since it was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in November 2005.

Le Meridien Cancun Resort & Spa Now Fully Operational

Le Meridien Cancun Resort and Spa is up and running once again following structural damage suffered in Hurricane Wilma in October. The hotel has been accepting reservations since November 16, 2005 and is now running 100% in readiness for the new year ahead.

Le Meridien Continues Expansion in Prague

Global hotel brand Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts is planning to extend its presence in Central Europe following the signing of a management agreement for a new five star hotel in Prague. The developers are J&T Global, based in Prague and the Belgian company Buelens Real Estate.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Appoints Michael Wale As Senior Vice President, Le Meridien Operations

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has appointed Michael Wale as Senior Vice President, Le Meridien Operations. Starwood acquired Le Meridien, the eighth brand for the multi-brand global hotel company, on 24 November 2005. Since November, Michael and the global integration team have been working on a robust integration plan to ensure a smooth and speedy transition period to integrate Le Meridien into Starwood's portfolio of hotel brands.



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