Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Acquire Stake in Design Hotels AG from Arabella Hospitality SE
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Berlin - December 6, 2011 - Design Hotels AG (ISIN DE0005141006/ WKN 514100)
informs that Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) intends to
acquire a stake in Design Hotels AG. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
announced today the signing of an agreement with Arabella Hospitality SE
(Arabella), one of Starwood's longtime partners in Germany, to acquire 49.8% of
the shares of Design Hotels AG. Arabella explains the transaction with its re-
focused hotel strategy on ownership and asset management.
Â "This is an investment presented to us by a longtime partner," said Frits van
Paasschen, President and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. "With our own passion
for design and innovation, we have long admired Design Hotels, its founder, CEO
Claus Sendlinger, and his executive team, who have worked closely with some of
the world's most exciting independent hotel owners to curate a unique collection
of hotels around the globe. As a shareholder, we are delighted to have a seat at
the table of this dynamic company."
"Having Starwood with its leading global footprint and lifestyle brands as an
investor is a further validation that Design Hotels is a strong brand of global
relevance as we continue to grow and focus on our niche in the New Luxury hotel
segment," said Claus Sendlinger. "Furthermore, Starwood has a keen appreciation
for what makes Design Hotels distinct and special, and that is the creative
spirit of our visionary hoteliers."
According to van Paasschen and Sendlinger, Starwood will not be involved in the
day-to-day operations of Design Hotels, nor will Design Hotels participate in
any of Starwood's centralized delivery systems including reservations and
Starwood Preferred Guest.
The transaction, which is subject to anti-trust approval in Germany, is expected
to close in the first quarter of 2012.
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Claus Sendlinger (CEO)
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ABOUT DESIGN HOTELS(TM)
Design Hotels(TM) represents and markets a curated selection of more than 200
independent hotels in over 40 countries across the globe. More than a collection
of hotels, the company is a collection of stories. Each property reflects the
ideas of a visionary hotelier, an "Original," someone with a passion for genuine
hospitality, cultural authenticity, thought-provoking design and architecture.
Each "Original" stands for the individual, aesthetic and service-driven
experience that his or her hotel provides. Founded by Claus Sendlinger in 1993,
Design Hotels(TM) offers its members insightful travel industry knowledge, from
market trend consultancy to international sales representation. The company has
its headquarters in Berlin and branches in London, Barcelona, New York,
Singapore and Perth. For more information, please visitwww.designhotels.com and
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