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SHERATON HOTELS & RESORTS RECOGNIZES SHERATON WILD HORSE PASS RESORT & SPA AS THE FIRST “SHERATON GRAND” RESORT IN NORTH AMERICA
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa Joins Brand’s New Premier Tier of Exceptional Hotels and Resorts Around the World
Phoenix, AZ (April 28, 2016) — Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), announced today the designation of Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa as the first Sheraton Grand resort in North America, welcoming it to the brand’s premier tier of hotels recognized for their enticing destinations, distinguished designs, and excellence in service and guest experiences. Joining 24 other Sheraton Grand properties worldwide, the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is recognized as a heritage resort, offering a true escape at a property that is exemplary in every way with distinctive architecture, design, amenities and personalized service. Sheraton Grand is one of many initiatives currently underway for Sheraton 2020, a comprehensive plan designed to solidify Sheraton as a leading global hotel brand of choice, everywhere.
“Sheraton Grand celebrates the brand’s best-in-class hotels, each hand-selected based on a specific list of criteria ranging from sophisticated design and sought-after destinations, to unrivaled standards of service and impressive hotel amenities. We are very proud to recognize the exemplary hotel offering for both guests and the local community at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass and welcome them to this premier tier,” said Dave Marr, Global Brand Leader for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. “We understand the need to better match guest expectations for the brand. Sheraton Grand answers that need and continues to celebrate standout hotels such as Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, further reinforcing Sheraton as a trusted voice in global travel.”
Located on pristine Sonoran desert land only minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is one of the premier resorts in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. The property features unique, contemporary and culturally authentic artwork and details that reflect the traditions of the Pima and Maricopa People. The resort boasts the only AAA Five-Diamond/Forbes Five-Star dining experience in Arizona in their signature restaurant, Kai, which has made history by achieving that dual designation for nine consecutive years and placing themselves amongst the top 26 restaurants in the nation. The resort also offers 36 holes of Troon® golf, the Forbes Four-Star Aji Spa featuring indigenous Native treatments, 150,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the onsite Koli Equestrian Center and River complete with water sport activities and boat rides to nearby attractions.
“We are honored to be associated with fellow hoteliers at Sheraton Grand properties around the globe who are known for delivering luxury to world travelers through excellence in service,” said Bunty Ahamed, General Manager. “This recognition affirms the passion, talent and commitment of our team toward luxury and quality.”
Showcasing the Best of the Sheraton Brand around the World
Sheraton Grand is just one of many initiatives currently underway for Sheraton 2020, a comprehensive 10-point plan revealed in June 2015 designed to put Sheraton Hotels and Resorts firmly back into the global spotlight. A nod to the plan’s clear five year vision, Sheraton 2020 also includes a new multi-million Sheraton-focused marketing campaign; the launch of a new elevated food and beverage lobby program, Paired; continuous innovation of the Sheraton guest experience; an unwavering commitment to service excellence; the implementation of revenue and profit-driving initiatives to benefit owners and developers; and a goal of opening more than 150 new Sheraton hotels worldwide by 2020.
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About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, the largest and most global brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., makes it easy for guests to explore, relax and enjoy the possibilities of travel through smart solutions and effortless experiences at more than 440 hotels in more than 72 countries around the world. The brand is currently in the midst of implementing Sheraton 2020, a 10 point plan designed to make Sheraton the global hotel brand of choice, everywhere. Sheraton recently launched “Where Actions Speak Louder,” a multi-channel, multi-million dollar advertising campaign that highlights the brand’s ongoing enhancements to its guest experience, including new products and partnerships, and a renewed focus on service. With work well underway, the brand has already rolled out a variety of initiatives under Sheraton 2020, including Paired, a new imaginative lobby bar menu; the richest SPG promotion in the brand’s history; and Sheraton Grand, a new premier tier that recognizes exceptional Sheraton hotels and resorts. To learn more, visit www.sheraton.com. Stay connected to Sheraton: @sheratonhotels on Twitter and Instagram and facebook.com/Sheraton.
About Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is a total destination resort showcasing the heritage, culture, art and legends of the Pima and Maricopa Tribes. The resort offerings include: 500 culturally themed rooms, Forbes Five-Star/AAA Five-Diamond Dining at Kai restaurant, the Forbes Four-Star Aji Spa; 36-holes of Troon-managed golf at Whirlwind Golf Club; the 1,000-acre Koli Equestrian Center, and several nearby attractions. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram @sheratonwildhorsepass and Twitter.
Tanya Elm, Sheraton Global Public Relations
917-202-5309 / Tanya.Elm@starwoodhotels.com
Stephanie Sanstead, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Director of Public Relations
602-385-5746 / Stephanie.Sanstead@Sheraton.com