Sheraton Resorts in the Maldives, Hua Hin and Pattaya help guests stay connected with link @ Sheraton

Monday, 27 April 2009 13:17

New “Link@Sheraton experienced with Microsoft,” A Virtual Lobby Lounge Offers Wi-Fi, Computers, Webcams and More

Guests of Sheraton Resorts in Maldives, Hua Hin and Pattaya, can now stay connected with instant access to information and technology for work, leisure and social networking with the properties’ new signature hotel offering: the “Link@SheratonSM experienced with Microsoft®.” This unique virtual and physical lobby lounge space enables guests to work, relax and remain connected with friends and family during their travels.

The Link@Sheraton is designed to serve the needs of Sheraton’s core guests who are social individuals seeking to balance work and play while also sharing the travel experience with each other. Designed as a social destination, the Link@Sheraton invites guests to interact with each other while they check their email, research local attractions using free Wi-Fi and Internet-enabled computer stations. A key feature of the Link@Sheraton experience is Microsoft branded webcams, allowing guests of all ages to easily email video postcards back home. The Link@Sheraton experience also features flat screen televisions, daily newspapers and through its relationship with Microsoft, the new “Link@Sheraton experienced with Microsoft” will offer Microsoft computer terminals and Internet access points running Microsoft products.

“Our guests are intent on making the most of their travels and we’re confident this new partnership with Microsoft will enable Sheraton to provide them with the products, services and tools to keep them connected to what matters most while on the road,” said Vincent Ong, Brand Director for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. “The Link reflects Sheraton's commitment to deliver popular, unique and unexpected offerings to our guests and is an exciting pillar of Sheraton’s comprehensive effort to further differentiate our iconic brand.”

Today’s traveler is part of a connected digital community, with instant access to information and technology for work, entertainment and social networking. With ‘Link @ Sheraton experienced with Microsoft,’ Sheraton and Microsoft are helping forge the convergence of the digital lifestyle and work-style in the experiences offered to this new breed of guest.

To unveil the new Link@Sheraton, the three Sheraton resorts will be organizing various events to officially introduce it to the media, customers and in-house guests.

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa and Sheraton Pattaya Resort are the newest three of more than 300 Sheraton properties around the world that feature The Link@Sheraton. Under the Microsoft agreement, Sheraton will continue to roll out the co-branded “Link @ Sheraton experienced with Microsoft” at its entire portfolio of properties worldwide throughout 2009. The Link@Sheraton is just one of the significant enhancements Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa is currently implementing to improve the guest experience, including a new lobby environment, re-designed guest room and a revolutionary new health and fitness program.

Helping guests make connections at more than 400 hotels in 75 countries around the world, Sheraton is enhancing its iconic brand while continuing its aggressive international expansion by adding 54 hotels and 20,000 guestrooms by 2009. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 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®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched AloftSM, and ElementSM. 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.

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