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Starwood And Intel Enable Wireless Internet Access In Hotels Across Asia Pacific

  • 24 September, 2003 14:22

<p>STARWOOD AND INTEL ENABLE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS IN HOTELS ACROSS ASIA PACIFIC</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia, September 24 2003 - Starwood Hotels &amp; Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and Intel Corporation today announced a marketing agreement to enable wireless Internet access in 39 Sheraton, Westin, St Regis, The Luxury Collection, Four Points by Sheraton and W hotels in 10 countries/regions across Asia Pacific. Intel and Starwood have already enabled 150 Sheraton, Westin and W hotels in the United States.</p>
<p>Starwood and Intel will co-operate, through Asia Pacific-wide marketing and in-hotel promotion, to drive awareness of Wi-Fi hotspots in participating Starwood hotels where notebook users can connect to the Internet and corporate networks wirelessly. In addition, Starwood’s wireless LAN solution will also enable the use of other wireless devices such as PDAs, pocket PCs and tablets. Hotspots will primarily be installed in hotel lobbies and meeting rooms to complement in-room high-speed Internet access already installed in most Starwood hotels.</p>
<p>“Frequent business travellers tend to be early adopters of new technology, especially technology that makes life on the road easier and more productive,” said Miguel Ko, President, Starwood Asia-Pacific. “By being among the first to offer Wi-Fi connectivity, Starwood hotels will provide business travellers with the convenience and connection they need when working on the road. We continue to aggressively research new technologies, and develop technology amenities that make travelling easier and relaxing for our guests.”</p>
<p>“From PC makers to service providers to airports, hotels and retail locations, we are seeing strong acceptance for Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology. Intel continues to work with companies such as Starwood to establish hotspots that will enable consumers and business travellers to have wireless access worldwide,” said Gerry Greeve, general manager, Intel Asia Pacific. “Through this agreement, we are enabling notebook users to have access to their information and entertainment in the lobbies and meeting rooms of the hotel.”</p>
<p>Intel Centrino mobile technology was specifically architected for mobility, providing an optimised and validated a set of technologies to enable an outstanding mobile experience. The Intel Centrino mobile technology brand represents Intel’s best technology for mobile computing based on a new processor architecture and wireless LAN capability and is designed for an unwired computing experience while enabling extended battery life, outstanding mobile performance and thinner and lighter form factors.</p>
<p>To drive awareness of wireless Internet availability at participating hotels, Starwood Preferred Guest members will have the chance to earn double Starpoints from 15 October to 15 December 2003 at selected rates when they stay at any of the participating hotels.</p>
<p>About Starwood Hotels &amp; Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels &amp; Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 750 properties in more than 80 countries and 105,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W brands, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high-quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwood.com.</p>
<p>About Intel
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.</p>
<p>- ENDS-</p>
<p>Important Information: Wireless connectivity and some features may require you to purchase additional software, services or external hardware. Availability of public wireless LAN access points limited. System performance, battery life, wireless performance and functionality will vary depending on your specific hardware and software configurations. See http://www.intel.com/products/centrino/more_info for more information.</p>
<p>Intel, Intel Inside and Centrino are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.</p>
<p>* Other marks and brands may be claimed as the property of others.</p>
<p>For more information please contact:</p>
<p>Daniel Anderson
Intel Australia Pty Ltd
Tel: (02) 9937 5886
Mob: 0418 686 775
Email: daniel.anderson@intel.com</p>
<p>Meagen Benson or Debbie Sassine
Spectrum Communications
Tel: (02) 9954 3299
Email: meagenb@spectrumcomms.com.au or
debbies@spectrumcomms.com.au</p>
<p>Wireless-enabled hotspots are located in the following Starwood hotels and resorts:</p>
<p>AUSTRALIA Sheraton On The Park
Sheraton Towers Southgate
The Westin Melbourne
The Westin Sydney
W Sydney</p>
<p>BANGLADESH Dhaka Sheraton Hotel</p>
<p>CHINA The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel
Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel
Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel &amp; Towers
Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel &amp; Towers
Sheraton Sanya Resort
Sheraton Shenyang Lido Hotel
Sheraton Suzhou Hotel &amp; Towers
Sheraton Tianjin Hotel
Sheraton Wuxi Hotel &amp; Towers
Sheraton Xian Hotel
The St. Regis Shanghai
The St. Regis Beijing
The Westin Shanghai</p>
<p>JAPAN The Westin Nagoya Castle</p>
<p>INDIA ITC Hotel Maurya Sheraton &amp; Towers
ITC Hotel Grand Maratha Sheraton &amp; Towers
ITC Hotel Sonar Bangla Sheraton &amp; Towers
ITC Hotel Kakatiya Sheraton &amp; Towers
ITC Hotel Windsor Sheraton &amp; Towers
Chola Sheraton</p>
<p>KOREA The Westin Chosun Beach
The Westin Chosun</p>
<p>MALAYSIA Sheraton Subang Hotel &amp; Towers
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur</p>
<p>SINGAPORE Sheraton Towers Singapore</p>
<p>TAIWAN Four Points by Sheraton Chung Ho
The Westin Taipei</p>
<p>THAILAND Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket
Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel &amp; Towers
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit</p>

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