Strong focus on China and other emerging markets. Image: Sheraton Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Half of Starwood’s new Sheraton hotels to be opened within the next 12 months will be in China, as demand continues to grow for second and third tier properties throughout the country.This will be the fourth consecutive year that Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened approximately half of its new hotels in China, moving closer to its target of 80 properties by 2015 in the growing market.“The Sheraton growth trajectory in China has been nothing short of remarkable,” Sheraton Hotels & Resorts global brand leader Hoyt Harper said. “Our portfolio is stronger than ever following our highly successful brand-wide revitalisation and multi-billion dollar investment to enhance the Sheraton brand over the past several years.”Sheraton plans to open 30 hotels over the next 12 months, expanding into new and emerging markets.The brand’s portfolio in Africa and the Middle East will develop over the next 12 months with the addition of four new hotels, including the fourth Sheraton in Saudi Arabia – Sheraton Medina Hotel, Sheraton Dubai Mall of Emirates and the first in Tajikistan – Sheraton Dushanbe Hotel. Sheraton also plans to open two new hotels in the Turkish cities of Adana and Bursa, while also opening properties in New Caledonia and India. The Sheraton brand is increasing its footprint across Latin America, opening in Brazil and Argentina ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Sheraton will also re-brand hotels in a number of key cities throughout the U.S. over the next 12 months. “Our portfolio is stronger than ever following our highly successful brand-wide revitalisation and multi-billion dollar investment to enhance the Sheraton brand over the past several years,” Mr Harper said.
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