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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Accelerates Footprint in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has signed an agreement with IOI Properties Group to manage two hotels—Four Points by Sheraton Puchong and Le Méridien Putrajaya, slated to open in the fall of 2014 and 2015, respectively.

These two new hotels will add 599 rooms to Starwood’s portfolio in the country and reflect Starwood’s desire to expand in Malaysia. Puchong and Putrajaya are part of the Klang Valley area, which includes Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs and adjoining cities and towns in the state of Selangor.

“Malaysia’s strong economic growth and healthy tourism arrivals present us with a very exciting growth opportunity,” said Matthew Fry, SVP, Acquisition & Development, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “Starwood’s development in the fast growing districts of Puchong and Putrajaya will enable us to cater to Malaysia’s growing middle class and the increased number of business and leisure travelers in the market.”

Scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2014, Four Points by Sheraton Puchong is located in Puchong’s developing new business district, Puchong Financial Corporate Centre (PFCC) at Bandar Puteri Puchong. Puchong is a major town in the Petaling district of Selangor, Malaysia, and is situated midway between Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, the federal administrative capital.

The hotel is located about 32 kilometers from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and is approximately a 20-minute drive to the Kuala Lumpur city centre. The hotel will be conveniently accessible by public transportation and only a short walk from the LRT station due for completion in the first quarter of 2016.

Four Points by Sheraton Puchong will feature 249 guestrooms, including 12 executive suites. The hotel will also feature a total of 1,110 sq. m. of meeting space, including an 800-sq.-m. grand ballroom. Additionally, the hotel will have a swimming pool, two food and beverage venues including the brand’s signature restaurant, The Eatery, a fitness centre and a variety of other amenities such as free WiFi, free bottled water and free coffee.

Upon completion, Four Points by Sheraton Puchong will be the fifth Four Points by Sheraton property in Malaysia, following the success of the brand in Langkawi, Sandakan, Kuching and the recently opened Four Points Penang.

Located in Malaysia’s federal administrative capital, Le Méridien Putrajaya will be situated in close proximity to the city’s commercial and retail areas, including the IOI City Mall, which is slated to open late this year. The hotel will offer 350 guestrooms, all outfitted with the signature Le Méridien Bed. Le Méridien Putrajaya will feature two innovative restaurants concepts, fitness center, spa facilities and a swimming pool. The hotel will have more than 1,630 sq. m. of meeting and event space, including a grand ballroom.

Le Méridien Putrajaya will be the brand’s third hotel in Malaysia after Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur and Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu.

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