Starwood Hotels & Resorts is a Fortune 500 company and the parent company of 9 lifestyle brands - Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, Le Meridien, Aloft and Element, as well as our Starwood Vacation Ownership program, all of which are unified through our award-winning loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest. With nearly 1200 hotels worldwide, Starwood has the most globally diverse portfolio. Our 10 customer contact centers across the globe handled more than 18 million calls, 2 million emails and 350,000 chats from our guests in 2013.
Not only do we help people arrange their travel - from the road warrior who travels weekly for business, to the couple planning the anniversary trip-of-a-lifetime - we provide support to our hotels and brands in a variety of ways, giving employees multiple opportunities and career paths. We place a premium on people development, and most of our senior leaders began their careers in entry-level positions with Starwood, highlighting our commitment to promoting from within.
Our Promises to guests and employees are that we Do the Right Thing, Go the Extra Step and Play as a Team. When people are empowered to do these things, magic happens!