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    Debuting in Algeria, Le Méridien will open its first hotel in the city of Oran with

     Le Méridien Oran Hotel opening in 2010 and will offer guests an interactive and cultural

    experience in one of Africa’s most dynamic cities.

     (Date & Place of Distribution) Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced today the signing of a management agreement with Sonatrach Spa, to operate a new hotel in Oran, Le Meridien Oran Hotel. The

    signing of this agreement with Sonatrach Spa marks the entry of Le Meridien brand in Algeria, with an opening

    scheduled for February 2010.

“We are delighted about the trust and confidence Sonatrach Spa has shown in Starwood. This project offers us

    the opportunity to strengthen Starwood’s presence in Algeria, a country whose economy has developed at an

    impressive speed over recent times″ said Roeland Vos, President of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Europe,

    Africa & Middle East. ″We are confident that with Le Méridien Oran Hotel & Conference Center, our global

    discerning travelers will discover and enjoy the excellent services and products of one of Starwood’s cutting

    edge brands - Le Méridien’’.

"We are thrilled to announce the signing of the Le Méridien Oran, said Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, Le

    Méridien. A thriving center for international travelers, Oran boasts a vibrant cultural scene and is a great fit with

    Le Méridien brand, which is committed to providing guests with an interactive and culturally enriching experience.

“We are proud to ratify our partnership with Starwood” said M. Abdelhafidh Feghouli, Vice President Aval

    Sonatrach Spa. ”We are convinced that Le Méridien is the perfect brand for this project, Sonatrach Spa will host ththe 16 world conference on liquefied and natural gas at these premises, and with the addition of Le Meridien’s

    prestigious brand and international recognition to this project we are sure that the property and the city of Oran

    will excel in hospitality for many years to come. "

Situated in the city of Oran, on the Mediterranean coast in northwestern Algeria, the Le Méridien Oran will be

    situated on a high cliff with a stunning view over the Mediterranean Sea and the city center of Oran. The hotel

    will form part of a larger complex being constructed by Sonatrach Spa, which includes an adjacent conference-

    and exhibition center, an esplanade and an oceanfront promenade. Hotel guests will enjoy a dramatic outdoor

    pool area overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and a significant health club on the second floor with endless sea-

    views. Part of the conference center is an impressive 3,000 seat auditorium with state-of the art technology

    making it the most important conference facility of Algeria, and one of the few venues in Africa able to host large

    scale conferences. The 296-room hotel will integrate all of the latest Le Meridien’s brand features, with a

    special focus on mixing contemporary culture with European heritage, enabling customers to discover new


    About Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts

     Le Méridien brand, currently represented by 110 properties in 50 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels &

    Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in November 2005. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand revitalization,

    which included appointing a full-time Cultural Curator French arts-provocateur Jérôme Sans and

    transforming numerous guest touch points, thus brining unique and stimulating experiences to its guests. With

    close to 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provides a

    strong international complement to Starwood’s primarily North American holdings. Plans call for dynamic

    expansion of Le Méridien hotels and resorts within the next five years, concentrating in the U.S., Latin America,

    and Asia-Pacific, including destinations such as India, Thailand and China. Le Méridien plans to open new

    hotels in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Shimei Bay (China), Dallas, and Philadelphia in the coming months,

    and has recently signed new hotel deals in Taipei and Xiamen (China).

    For more information, please visit

About Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc.

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with

    approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 employees at its owned and managed

    properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences

    with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis?, The Luxury Collection?, W?, Westin?, Le

    Méridien?, Sheraton?, Four Points? by Sheraton, and the recently launched AloftSM, and Element SM.

    Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of

    high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit

For additional information, please contact:

    For additional information, please contact:

    (name, title, e-mail and phone of the PR representative distributing the release)


Marco Ferrari

    VP, Director of External Communication

    Europe, Africa & Middle East

    Ph. +39-06-4880225 Fax +39-06-4881210

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