Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Intrawest Corporation
NYSE : IDR
TSX : ITW

November 15, 2005 11:40 ET

The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain Now Open; Resort Offering Unsurpassed Accommodations and Services Opens Just in Time for Holiday and Winter Season

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(CCNMatthews - Nov 15, 2005) -

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and Intrawest Corporation (NYSE:IDR; TSX:ITW) are pleased to announce the opening of the 222-suite luxury condominium hotel, The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain in the heart of the newly developed 32-acre resort known as the Village at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario. Intrawest Corporation is operating the hotel under a franchise agreement with Westin Hotels & Resorts.

Located less than 90 minutes northwest of Toronto, The Westin Trillium House proudly commands a superb location at the base of Blue Mountain and borders a three-acre millpond, giving it a unique ski-in, ski-out, lakeside address. The property's architecture evokes delightful memories of the grand Georgian Bay Lodges of bygone days. Hallmarks of impeccable design complement the hotel's gracious hospitality and signature Westin service.

"As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Westin this year, we are proud to open this stunning resort in Canada," said Sue Brush, senior vice president of Westin Hotels & Resorts. "The resort's inspired design and setting will ensure a truly memorable experience for both the business and leisure guest."

Generously sized guest accommodations boast picture windows overlooking the ski runs of Blue Mountain or the Village at Blue and the picturesque millpond. Accommodation offerings include one, two or three bedroom suites, some with dens, all featuring Westin's signature Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath®, flat-screen television, high speed Internet access, full kitchen or kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, DVD player and 24 hour in-room dining.

For the ultimate in relaxed, upscale dining, Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini, creators of renowned Toronto establishments such as Canoe, Jump and Auberge du Pommiers, have opened Oliver & Bonacini cafe grill, Blue Mountain.

Additional guest services include more than 10,000 square feet of premium meeting space with outdoor access; year round outdoor pool with heated walkways; two outdoor whirlpools and the WestinWORKOUT® Powered by Reebok fitness facility. The hotel also offers ski lockers and changing facilities mountainside.

121 of the deluxe rooms and suites are now open, with an additional 101 rooms and suites opening in the spring of 2006. The hotel can be viewed online at the property website at www.westin.com/bluemountain. There are also special package offerings that can be booked online on this site, or guests may call 1-800-WESTIN-1 for reservations.

Westin Hotels & Resorts, with 121 hotels and resorts in 31 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and was ranked "Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upscale Hotels Chains." in the J.D. Power and Associates' 2004 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study(SM) and voted Best Domestic Hotel Chain by Global Traveler Magazine. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 750 properties in more than 80 countries and 120,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood® Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and W®. 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.

(Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. These risks and uncertainties include the risk that developers who delivered the non-binding letters of interest referred to above will not develop the properties indicated as well as other risks and uncertainties presented in detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained or that results and events will not materially differ. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.)



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