This is the inaugural year for the awards, which recognize global travel and hospitality providers that exemplify the spirit of inclusiveness, as well as innovators that constantly improve their amenities and service levels for the LGBT community.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii has supported and served the LGBT community for many decades. It was recognized because the spirit of inclusiveness and aloha was evident across each and every one of its 11 Hawaii resorts, which were personally visited and experienced by the GayTravel.com editors, gurus and travel experts. In addition, Starwood Hotels & Resorts offers a robust suite of digital products where travelers can research, plan, and book memorable, lifetime travel experiences. A 12th resort, The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, situated on Maui’s famed Kaanapali Beach, will open on April 15 of this year.
GayTravel Chief Visionary Officer Steve Rohrlick said, “There is no more deserving recipient of our hotel collection award than Starwood Hotels in Hawaii. Each of its resorts possesses a unique personality while sharing an enticing blend of natural beauty along with a warm and accepting culture.”
“We are thrilled to have been selected for this award as we always strive to do what is ‘pono,’ or right,” said Kelly Sanders, area general manager for Starwood Hotels in Hawaii. “Welcoming our friends, brothers and sisters from around the world with open arms is truly what ‘aloha’ represents.”
According to Rohrlick, “The goal of the GayTravel Awards is two-fold: first, to recognize and showcase select inclusive travel-related companies and destinations that resonate with our discerning audience; and second, to inspire other companies and brands around the world to continually raise their service levels and amenities while encouraging a broad spirit of inclusiveness. Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii epitomizes these values.”