Home » Education » Let’s Rise: Westin Hotels Resorts Reveals a Powerful Rally-Cry for Travelers to Regain Control of Their Well-Being while on the Road

Westin Hotels amp; Resorts (www.StarwoodHotels.com/westin), part of Marriott

International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)(www.Marriott.com), today unveiled its first global

brand campaign in more than five years, taking on the disruptions, distractions and

unpredictability of travel and empowering travelers to embrace well-being as a way to

regain control of their routines and be their best while on the road. The $30 million

dollar, integrated advertising campaign � called Let's Rise � communicates Westin's

commitment to its guests' well-being before, during and after their stay. Beginning

today, the Let's Rise campaign will be featured in broadcast, digital, radio and out-of-

home channels, with print placements to follow later this year. The Let's Rise mantra

will also serve as an anchor for the wellness programs and partnerships that roll out for

guests and associates throughout the year.

Westin's Let's Rise campaign is inspired by and illustrative of the wellness and

travel trends fueling the future of both industries, as articulated in a new global study

conducted in partnership with StudyLogic that surveyed travelers in North America,

Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and China. The results show

a seismic shift in the way today's travelers prioritize their well-being. With less time

and more disruptors on the road, they are reinventing business and leisure travel to put

things like fitness first with new vigor to pursue mindfulness and adventure.

Let's Rise is perfectly positioned to connect with travelers as more of a rally-

cry than a brand campaign, given today's over-scheduled and always-on culture,rdquo; said

Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Westin Hotels amp; Resorts. Around the world, we

are seeing travelers realigning their priorities to put their well-being first, and

Westin is proud to empower our guests to rise to the occasion and be their best selves on

the road.rdquo;

Brand Campaign Challenges Travelers: Will You Get Up, or Will You Rise?rdquo;

Westin worked with San Francisco-based Venables Bell amp; Partners to develop the

multi-faceted campaign, consisting of multiple executions in which travelers take control

of their well-being. Illustrating guests enabled to wake up early for a run, stay on

track with healthy eating goals, and find time to revitalize with an incredible night's

sleep, the campaign aims to connect consumers to the signature programs inherent in

Westin's DNA � from the iconic Westin Heavenly Bed to its workout Gear Lending program in

partnership with New Balancereg; � all designed to embody the brand's Six Pillars of

Well-being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well.

Because morning is the first and best opportunity to take control of the day

ahead, the campaign uses morning light as a consistent creative device to speak to the

potential that the morning holds. Overall, the campaign calls consumers to answer a

simple question, Will you get up, or will you rise?rdquo;.

Global Study Shows Seismic Shift in Travelers' Well-being:

Unpredictability of Travel Sees Stress Skyrocket in 2017:Guests around the Globe

Turn to Wellness to Regain Control

In the last three years, rising wealth and digital

connectivity have prompted a significant spike in global travel and the unpredictability

that accompanies it. It is no surprise then that nearly 3 in 4 travelers report they have

trouble maintaining their routine on the road. More than 60% say they sleep less, 65% say

they exercise less, and 15% report increased stress levels on vacation, a time

traditionally thought of as downtime for rest and relaxation.

Also surprising is the growing number of guests

around the globe who are turning to wellness to regain control of their routines when

traveling for business and leisure. Thirty percent of those surveyed in Germany and more

than 20% in U.A.E. say well-being enables them to feel more in control, while nearly 15%

globally say it reduces their stress levels.Almost one in four of those surveyed in

Germany and North America say wellness allows them to be better in business; in Mexico

and the U.K., 1 in 4 say wellness enables them to feel happier.

Around the world, we have definitely seen a shift in

the way today's travelers are incorporating well-being into their work and travel

routines: from millennials, who view fitness activities to be more social than

competitive, to business travelers who are shifting their preference from country clubs

to running clubs,rdquo; continued Povinelli. We have even seen honeymooners embrace

well-being more holistically; in the United States alone, 80% of couples reported being

more active and health-conscious during their honeymoon than at home. And, 40% are

running together as a way to decompress, disconnect and be a tourist at the same

time.rdquo;

Westin continues to evolve its programs in lockstep

with the increasing global demand for well-being and the holistic role it plays in

peoples' lives.

This year, hotels around the world will unveil updates to the signature 24/7

WestinWORKOUTreg; fitness studios, reflecting how people are exercising today with more

stretching, strength and core equipment.

The brand will continue to grow its Gear Lending partnership with New Balance,

giving guests access to workout gear without the hassle of packing it, and introduce

additional RunWESTINtrade; Concierges, who encourage runners of all levels to grab a

running map and join them on scenic routes through cities, along beachfronts and amid

rural landscapes.

Known as the premier brand truly committed to helping guests get a good night's

sleep, Westin will introduce a complimentary Sleep Well Lavender Balm bedside amenity,

infused with the calming essential oils of lavender and chamomile. This is the latest in

a series of sleep offerings that promise a better slumber for travelers, including the

iconic Westin Heavenlyreg; Bed.

This follows of the heels of a refresh to the signature White Tea Aloe Bath amp;

Body products, which have been reformulated and redesigned to be paba-free, paraben-free,

and dye-free - leaving guests rejuvenated, revitalized and ready to take on the day

ahead. The shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion feature natural ingredients,

including aloe, pea extract, shea butter, tea extract and jojoba oil.

High Octane or Balanced Breathing: Mindfulness amp; Adventure Travel Meet as the

Next Tribe Workoutrdquo;

Once reserved for a select few, mindfulness and

adventure travel have become increasingly popular as a way for guests to disconnect,

reconnect and explore a destination. Globally, the number of travelers who will plan

adventure excursions in the next 12 months has doubled in the last 3 years. In Mexico, it

has tripled. And surprisingly, more than 50% of global respondents say they plan to seek

mindfulness opportunities to clear their minds and center themselves during the chaos of

travel.

Propelled by these trends, Westin continues to

introduce programs, partnerships and hotel positions that cater to this growing guest

demand.

Recently the brand saw a new crop of concierges emerge, who are experts in high-

octane activities from heli-skiing to kite-surfing at hotels from The Westin Turtle Bay

Resort amp; Spa in Mauritius to The Westin Resort amp; Spa in Whistler, B.C.

Surprisingly, many Westin hotels have also seen a spike in travelers fusing

meditation with more physical activities and approaching mindfulness with a similar

communal or tribe workout mentality. Yoga and meditation have been incorporated into

high-intensity hikes and cycling classes by popular demand at Westin hotels in cities

like Atlanta and resort destinations like Bear Mountain.

Striking a chord with another emerging trend, last month the brand rolled out a

variety of adult coloring sheets exclusively available at 50 Westin hotels and resorts

across Asia Pacific. Created by celebrated illustrator Johanna Basford, who spearheaded

the worldwide adult-coloring phenomenon with the debut of her 2013 bestselling book

Secret Garden, the drawings are designed to helping travelers relax, re-center and unwind

on the road.

Let's Rise Anchors Westin in 2017, as the Well-being Brand Continues to

Accelerate Market Leadership

Westin's Let's Rise campaign reinforces how the brand is uniquely positioned to

cater to the ever-evolving demand for well-being on the road all around the

world.Scheduled to open 50 hotels in the next 5 years, Westin will debut in emerging

destinations as diverse as Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and

Vietnam, on the heels of growth in established markets including Hamburg, Dubai and

Denver.

Looking ahead, we're also seeing increased intention to explore smaller

cities,rdquo; Povinelli continued. This aligns closely with Westin's robust pipeline

particularly in the Americas, with openings in Milwaukee, Chicago, Sarasota and Cozumel

on the horizon.rdquo;

For more information about the Westin brand's Let's Rise platform, please visit:

www.Westin.com/letsrise and follow along on social media with #LetsRise.

Source: Starwood Hotels Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

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