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Starwood Hotels Announces 2010 Employment Forecast

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced plans to add more than 12,000 new jobs to the global workforce in 2010 - with roughly half of these jobs to be located inside the U.S. in markets spanning from New York to California. The news comes on the heels of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' employment situation report issued Friday that indicates unemployment remained at 10% in December, with 15.3 million unemployed persons.

"Today, the travel industry employs 7.7 million Americans - more than double that of the auto industry - and travel is uniquely positioned to create even more jobs as the economy continues to recover," said Frits van Paasschen, President and CEO of Starwood. "After a year of hunkering down and cutting costs, companies are driving their topline again. By definition this means getting back on the road, which not only benefits their own business, but also helps spur job creation."

The majority of the new jobs will be created through the 80-100 new hotels Starwood and its development partners are slated to open this year globally. These hotels, which span Starwood's nine brands, will be located in key urban markets like New York City and Los Angeles, as well smaller markets like Biloxi, Miss. and Kalamazoo Mich. Hotels will offer a range of positions including general management; human resources; food and beverage; engineering and maintenance; housekeeping; spa and guest services.

Upcoming hotels now hiring or soon to begin include The Westin Austin at The Domain; Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel; W Hotel & Spa - Vieques Island, and the Four Points by Sheraton Biloxi Beach Boulevard. Individuals interested in pursuing a career at Starwood and one of its hotels can visit www.starwood.jobs. Candidates can also go to http://new-hotels.starwoodpromos.com/ to learn about opportunities and contact information at specific hotels.

These jobs are expected to be in high demand as in 2009 Starwood's hotels have seen record numbers of applicants. For example, at the soon-to-open W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, more than 10,000 people applied for its 400 positions. More than 10,000 people applied for 300 positions at the recently opened W Waaaaahgon BD.C.Ang at 1he rheraton BugusteaHotel &n 2eorgeia which spened Wn December, wore than 100 pndiciduals ipplied for its 430housekeeping;positions.
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