/R E P E A T -- Sheraton Vancouver Airport set for debut July 1st/



    RICHMOND, BC, June 26 /CNW/ - After 18 months of extensive renovations,
the Best Western Richmond Hotel & Convention Centre is set to debut as the
Sheraton Vancouver Airport on July 1, 2009. As the largest, full-service hotel
in the Vancouver airport area, the 390-room property features a newly
renovated lobby, 21,000 square feet of meeting space and Sheraton's signature
amenities and services, providing a differentiated, exceptional guest
experience.
    "We're extremely excited to welcome our first guests to the hotel on
Canada Day!" says general manager, Steve Veinot. "With a significant
renovation and joining the Sheraton community, we are thrilled to have a fresh
product to offer visitors to Vancouver this summer and beyond."
    The hotel is owned by Richmond Inn Investments, Ltd. and managed by Larco
Hospitality Management Inc. A focus of the renovations is a revitalized lobby,
featuring the Link@Sheraton experienced with Microsoft(R), the brand's
signature communications hub where guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, desktop
computers, television viewing, newspapers, magazines and café offerings
including Starbucks(R).
    Guestroom renovations include the addition of 37" LCD flat panel
televisions, oversized work desks, comfortable seating and Sheraton's new
Sweet Sleeper(TM) bedding, with new design elements including an all-white
linen ensemble, pillows, duvet, sheets and bed skirt.
    Harold's Bistro & Bar features a full menu of contemporary cuisine, a
wide selection of award-winning B.C. wines, beer on tap and spirits. Named in
honour of Mr. Harold Cross who has been coming to the hotel every day for
lunch for over 35 years, Harold's Bistro & Bar offers a casual, lively
environment with numerous plasma screens for sports fans and a comfortable
patio.
    The hotel offers 23 meeting rooms with 21,000 square feet of versatile
conference and meeting space including Richmond's largest ballroom the _____
room (need name) at 7,900 square feet, which can accommodate groups from 30 to
500. The hotel also offers a variety of flexible meeting and conference
packages, smart technology and innovative meeting services.
    The new 1,200 square foot fitness centre will feature the revolutionary
new health and fitness program, "Sheraton Fitness, Programmed by Core
Performance," keeping guests fit on the road. Through an exclusive
partnership, Core Performance designed a holistic program exclusively for
Sheraton guests, which is derived from the same training methodology used at
Athletes' Performance, the preferred and premier place for professional
athletes to train. The program helps travellers train and eat healthy, as well
as refresh, recharge and refocus their minds and bodies. The result is a truly
differentiated fitness program that reinforces the theme of community and
extends beyond our fitness centers to our guestrooms, our F&B menus and the
guests' lifestyles both in and out of the hotel.
    The Sheraton Club Level accommodations and an exclusive Club Lounge will
be a signature offering to the property, providing deluxe accommodations for
business and leisure guests, as well as additional services and amenities. The
three club floors offer a place where guests can be productive, catch up with
friends, enjoy complimentary breakfast or help themselves to a snack
throughout the day.
    Guests also enjoy all the benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest
program including Free Night Awards redeemable at close to 900 hotels within
nine distinctive brands around the world.
    The hotel is welcoming guests with a Grand Opening special that offers
great savings on stays through September 7, 2009. For each day of their stay
at the hotel, guests will receive a $30 credit for Harold's Bar & Bistro, two
complimentary beverages at Starbucks and complimentary parking. The package is
available starting from $189 per night when booked by July 31, 2009. The price
is per room, per night, plus applicable taxes, gratuities and is subject to
availability. For more information or to book this package call 1-866-716-8101
or visit the hotel offers page at www.sheraton.com/vancouverairport.
    Located minutes from Vancouver International Airport, numerous
attractions, shopping and entertainment, the Sheraton Vancouver Airport is one
mile from the Richmond Oval which will host the long track speed skating for
the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Downtown Vancouver is 20 minutes from the hotel
by car or SkyTrain, accessible one block away. The property offers a 24-hour,
complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. For more information visit
    www.sheraton.com/vancouverairport

    About Starwood Hotels

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and
leisure companies in the world with 960 properties in 97 countries and 145,000
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(R), The Luxury
Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le Méridien(R), Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by
Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft(R), 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 www.starwoodhotels.com.

    (Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of federal securities regulations. Forward-looking statements are not
guarantees of future performance or events and involve risks and uncertainties
and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially
from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made.
These risks and uncertainties are presented in detail in our filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe the expectations
reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable
assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained
or that results and events will not materially differ. We undertake no
obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether
as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.)





For further information:

For further information: For interview opportunities, contact: Ryan
Soderberg, Director of Sales & Marketing, (604) 233-3955,
ryan.soderberg@richmond-hotel.ca; Cynthia Bond, Dan Young, Starwood Canada,
(416) 947-4827, (416) 497-4948, cynthia.bond@starwoodhotels.com,
dan.young@starwoodhotels.com

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