Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Sara Bareilles, and More Take the Stage for Starwood Hotels & Resorts'

Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Sara Bareilles, and More Take the Stage for Starwood Hotels & Resorts' 'Hear the Music, See the World' Global Series in Partnership with Live Nation Entertainment

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

STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYS: HOT) , in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYS: 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, 2013

    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 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  (NYS: 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.



STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS
Maire Griffin, 1-203-964-5994
maire.griffin@starwoodhotels.com

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