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Le Meridien to Invest in Renovation Strategy for Middle East and Africa Hotels

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide announced a significant commitment to its Le Méridien hotels in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region through a comprehensive renovation strategy. Le Méridien and its ownership groups will invest more than $200 million in the renovations of 13 hotels and resorts in the MEA region over the next 3 years.

“Since acquiring Le Méridien in 2005, Starwood and its hotel ownership groups have made a tremendous effort to enhance and create a consistent portfolio around the world,” said Brian Povinelli, global brand leader, Le Méridien and Westin. “Le Méridien now boasts the best performance measures in the brand’s history, and our focused efforts on the Middle East and Africa hotels will only help ensure Le Méridien maintains its best portfolio ever.”

Le Méridien recently announced 10 new hotel openings over the next year, and as the European-rooted brand continues to grow globally, the consistency of its portfolio remains a key priority.

The 13 Le Méridien hotels and resorts completing or currently undergoing renovations include: Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort (Fujairah, United Arab Emirates); Le Méridien Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia); Le Méridien Dubai; Le Méridien Heliopolis (Cairo, Egypt); Le Méridien Ile Maurice (Pointe Aux Piments, Mauritius); Le Méridien Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Le Méridien Makkah (Saudi Arabia); Le Méridien Mandji (Port Gentil, Gabon); Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (Dubai); Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa (Cairo, Egypt); Le Méridien Re-Ndama (Libreville, Gabon); Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi; Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa (Dubai).

Additionally, Le Méridien will this year add a new hotel in Egypt, where the brand currently operates four properties. Le Méridien Cairo Airport will open in September 2013. Located at Terminal 3, it will be the only hotel with direct access to Cairo International Airport terminals. Le Méridien Cairo Airport will feature 350 guestrooms, a 24-hour restaurant, specialty restaurant, coffee bar, lobby bar, lounge, fitness center, and swimming pool. The hotel will have approximately 750 square meters of meeting space, including a business center, ballroom, and six meeting rooms, for a variety of business functions.