Starwood Hotels & Resorts Announces Grand Prize Book and Win BIG Winner

Matilda Belo-Aisenberg of Fugazi Travel is the recipient of one million Starwood Preferred Guest® Starpoints.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the official 2011 winner of its Book and Win BIG sweepstakes. Matilda Belo-Aisenberg of Fugazi Travel, an Ensemble Travel Group member in San Francisco, is the recipient of one million Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG) Starpoints. Belo-Aisenberg is a specialist focusing on customized tour itineraries for individuals and groups. Her winning reservation was for The Westin Valencia in Spain. “Starwood has a unique portfolio of properties that satisfy my customized itineraries around the world,” said Belo-Aisenberg. “I am so excited to be able to explore some of the most incredible options for myself.” The final winner in this three-year incentive program, Belo-Aisenberg is a graduate of Starwood’s ProLearning curriculum. Starwood reserves its best benefits for those who have made the commitment to complete Module 1 of ProLearning and earn the StarwoodPro designation.

Over the course of the Book and Win BIG promotion, Starwood awarded hundreds of travel professionals with SPG points and resort stays, and three winners received the annual grand prize of one million Starpoints.

“We are thrilled with the travel professional support of our properties and the success of this incentive program,” said Chris Austin, v.p., global retail leisure & luxury sales. “We are constantly adding benefits and new creative options to engage our travel professionals, and we look forward to new initiatives throughout 2012.”

To date, there are more than 25,000 StarwoodPros. “We have developed an ongoing communication with these dedicated professionals and look to continue deepening that relationship. The benefits of being a StarwoodPro will continue to expand,” said Austin.

Starwood Preferred Guests have the unique option of redeeming their points for free nights—with no blackout dates or availability restrictions—at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Very simply, if there’s a standard room available on the chosen night, it can be booked with Starpoints. Free Night awards can be redeemed for as few as 2,000 Starpoints in popular cities, up to 35,000 points per night at magnificent resorts in the world’s most sought-after places or just 1,000 points for an upgrade to a Specialty Room or Suite at participating Starwood properties.

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