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The Exclusive World Tour of Music Performances Gives Unparalleled Access to Private Performances & Premium Concert Tickets with a Range of Today’s Most Sought after Artists at Starwood Hotels - April 05, 2013
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV),

Stamford, Conn. – April 5, 2013 – Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), the world's leading live entertainment and e-commerce company, is kicking off the 2013 On Tour With SPG: Hear The Music, See The World series. For the second consecutive year, this innovative global program allows SPG members to experience intimate music performances at incredible destinations such as Barcelona, Bangkok, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. The exciting slate of talent will include a mix of genres ranging from rock, hip-hop, electronic, pop and more.

Each of Starwood’s nine hotel brands will be featured in this year’s Hear the Music, See the World.  Confirmed performances include:

 

Element

Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport North

Dallas, TX, USA

May 18, 2013

Sara Bareilles

Westin

The Westin Boston Waterfront

Boston, MA, USA

June 3, 2013

OneRepublic

Four Points by Sheraton

Four Points by Sheraton, Barcelona Diagonal

Barcelona, Spain

July 20, 2013

Russian Red

Aloft

Aloft, Cupertino

Cupertino, CA, USA

August 7, 2013

Imagine Dragons

Le Méridien

Le Méridien, Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico

October 25, 2013

Lila Downs

Sheraton

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

New York, NY, USA

July 25, 2013

Gavin DeGraw

The Luxury Collection

Hotel Bristol, Vienna

Vienna, Austria

September 27

Paloma Faith

W

W Singapore, Sentosa Cove

Singapore

TBA

TBA

St. Regis

The St. Regis, Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

TBA

TBA


“We've been lucky enough to play in cities around the world this last year,” said front man of Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds.  “But it's always nice to be back in California, and we're looking forward to playing the Starwood Hear the Music, See the World Series.”

OneRepublic added, “With a new album [Native] just released, and an upcoming worldwide tour, we've got a lot to look forward to in the coming months. Being part of The Hear the Music, See the World program with Starwood is one of them.”

“Music is an important part of our lives, and we find our members are as passionate about music as they are travel and our hotels,” said Mark Vondrasek, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Loyalty and Partnership Marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “With Live Nation we have created a global music series that resonates with our members because of its unparalleled access to world renowned artists at some of our most spectacular properties.”

“Live Nation’s partnership with SPG brings personal, unique music experiences with world-famous artists in exclusive and diverse locations for SPG members who are passionate music fans,” said Russell Wallach, President of Live Nation Network.

Custom Music Experiences – Each Will Represent One of Starwood’s Distinctive Hotel Brands
Setting the stage at Starwood properties around the globe, each event will be individually customized in collaboration with the artists and Starwood’s distinctive brand positioning, incorporating the unique style, décor and rituals of each of its nine diverse brands. Each experience will spotlight unique hotel brand attributes that define each of the properties.

Attending On Tour with SPG:  Hear the Music, See the World
Music-minded SPG members can redeem or bid Starpoints to attend the acoustic performances and artist experiences at spg.com/hearthemusic. Access will also be granted through ticket giveaways to followers of SPG’s Facebook page (facebook.com/spg) and Twitter feed (@spg).  Plus, one lucky winner will receive access to their choice of performance plus hotel and airfare through a “Throwback Thursday” Instagram (SPG) contest running each Thursday through May 2.

SPG Gives Members More Ways to Participate Via  Sweepstakes
Launching today through May 5th members can register for an opportunity to earn a $50 Ticketmaster.com code for every three nights stayed with Starwood. Also, members who link their SPG and Foursquare accounts can earn a $10 Ticketmaster.com code for one hotel check-in. In addition to the Hear the Music, See the World series, SPG’s gives its members access to premium concert tickets, backstage tours and artist interactions through SPG Moments.

More about the SPG & Live Nation Partnership
As the exclusive hotel partner, ticket purchasers on the LiveNation.com site will find a "Where to Stay" page directing concertgoers to the nearest Starwood Hotel.  Customized hotel booking for Live Nation artists on tour will be coordinated by Starwood working in tangent with the company's touring division.

For more information and Hear The Music, See The World Moments please visit: spg.com/hearthemusic and spg.com/Moments.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,134 properties in nearly 100 countries and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood 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, Aloft®, and ElementSM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

About Starwood Preferred Guest
Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) is an innovative, award-winning frequent traveler program that unites each of Starwood’s 9 distinctive hotel brands and includes more luxury hotels in more destinations around the world.  SPG reinvented the hospitality loyalty landscape when it launched in 1999 with its breakthrough policy of no blackout dates, and over the years has continued its tradition of innovation with enhancements such as Cash + Points, SPG MomentsSM, and most recently Your24TM and SPG LifetimeTM.  In addition to Free Night Awards at over 1,100 hotels and resorts and Award Flights on over 350 major airlines without blackout dates, the Starpoints® that members earn through SPG can be redeemed for access like to no other to experiences in music, sports and the arts through SPG Moments.  SPG also has an ongoing commitment to digital innovation to meet the needs of today’s connected global traveler – from the SPG app for iPhone that utilizes state-aware technology to create a more personalized hotel stay to Starwood’s Best Rate Guarantee on SPG.com, to SPG’s integration within various social media platforms.  Offerings such as these have helped SPG build a passionate member base among the world’s most frequent travelers.  Learn more at spg.com and spg.com/moments and connect with us on facebook.com/spg, twitter.com/spg, foursquare.com/spg, pinterest.com/spglife, and youtube.com/spg.

About Live Nation Entertainment:
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world's leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: www.Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation and Live Nation Network. www.Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world's top five ecommerce sites, with a database of over 119 million fans who visit our sites. Live Nation Concerts produce over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Artist Nation is the world's top artist management company, representing over 200 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 250 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.


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