Starwood hotels & resorts worldwide knows how to shine a light on hospitality. one of the world's largest hotel companies, it has some 1,000 properties in about 100 countries. starwood's hotel empire consists of upscale brands such as sheraton and westin. it operates about 100 luxury resorts and hotels through its st. regis and luxury collection, while its chain of about 40 w hotels offers ultra-modern style. other brands include four points (value-oriented), le méridien (european-inspired), aloft (select-service), and element (extended stay). its starwood vacation ownership operates about 15 time-share resorts. notable starwood hotels include the st. regis in new york and the hotel gritti palace in venice.