FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stephanie Heckathorne, 602.385.5746
PHOENIX, AZ- (February 22, 2011) Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa was recognized as the Starwood Western Region Catering and Convention Services Team of the Year at Starwood Hotels and Resort’s annual conference and awards ceremony held in January. The “West Coast Kick-Off 2011” awards ceremony took place on January 21, 2011 at the Sheraton Waikiki Beach and recognized the top sales and operations departments in the Western regions. More than 90 hotels were represented at the event honoring the best of the best within the Starwood brands including St. Regis, Luxury Collection, Le Méridien, W Hotels, Westin, Sheraton and more.
Starwood rates each property in a multitude of categories including Meeting Planner Satisfaction Index (MPSI) and Food and Beverage Revenue produced to budget. The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa was rated amongst all Starwood brands in the west region.
Coinciding with this announcement is the fitting news that Lisa Mercer, Director of Catering and Convention Services for Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort was named the Catering and Convention Services Leader of the Year for Starwood’s West Region. “We are so honored that our Catering and Convention Services Team and leader, who worked tirelessly to receive these prestigious awards, were rated among the world’s most luxurious brands and were named the best,” said Bill Hunter, Director of Sales and Marketing at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa. “This truly speaks to their ability to demonstrate superior efforts and results, which clearly set them apart from their competition in the marketplace.”
The Catering and Convention Services Team coordinates the activities, meetings and meals of all group and local catering businesses that make use of the conference center facilities. The team, comprised of 12 hardworking individuals led in the fourth quarter of 2010 by beating their combined banquet/catering revenue budget by almost a half million dollars.
The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, located on the Gila River Indian Community, is a total destination resort showcasing the heritage, culture, art and legends of the Pima and Maricopa Tribes. The resort offerings include: 500 culturally themed rooms, Forbes Five-Star/AAA Five-Diamond Dining at Kai, the Forbes Four-Star Native American Aji Spa; 36-holes of Troon-managed golf at Whirlwind Golf Club; the 1,000-acre Koli Equestrian Center and a boat cruise to nearby attractions. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1025 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 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(R), The Luxury Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le Méridien(R), Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft(R), and Element SM. 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.