Starwood Adds to Portfolio in Iraq
Tuesday August 27th, 2013 - 11:40AM BP
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DOHUK, IRAQ—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has signed an agreement with Mase Co LLC, a company managed by Brilliant Role Group, to open a new-build Sheraton hotel here.
Scheduled to debut early next year, the 202-room hotel will also feature an all-day dining venue, a restaurant and four lounges. Additional amenities include Link@Sheraton, a fitness center and the Sheraton Shine Spa.
The Sheraton Dohuk Hotel will be the first of four new Starwood hotels to open in the country. The Sheraton Erbil Hotel, Aloft Erbil and Four Points by Sheraton Erbil will follow in 2015.
Starwood currently operates nearly 50 hotels in the Middle East, with plans to open over 30 hotels in the next few years, according to the company.
Tags: • Hospitality • Brands • Openings •
When you hear all the lodging industry projections for the months and years to come, much of the robust growth is forecast to be the result of the expected influx of travelers from China. In what could only be seen as good news for the industry, that expectation moved a little closer to reality when President Obama signed a visa waiver extension for Chinese travelers earlier this month.