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WESTIN HOTELS & RESORTS OFFERS FAMILY DISCOUNTS, CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

WESTIN HOTELS & RESORTS OFFERS FAMILY DISCOUNTS, CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
 SEATTLE, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Westin Hotels & Resorts said today it is offering special programs and packages designed to make family travel easier, less expensive and more enjoyable.
 Westin was the first hotel company to offer a Family Plan which allows children under 18 to stay in their parents' room at any hotel or resort worldwide with no additional charge. If more than one room is required to accommodate a family, the single guest room rate applies, regardless of the number of people occupying the room.
 Many Westin properties are offering family discounts during the summer months. At The Westin Kauai, Kauai Lagoons, guests may reserve a garden view room for $159, a 30-percent savings on published rates. The Westin Crown Center in Kansas City offers a Summer Vacation Package for $79 and, in San Francisco, The Westin St. Francis offers discounted rates from $117 to $168, single or double occupancy. The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix is offering summer guest room rates beginning at $70.
 When parents need to slip away for a day of sightseeing, business or evening entertainment, special Westin "kid's clubs" provide supervised activities for young people. Activities include arts and crafts at the Walt Disney World Swan in Orlando, Fla., learning to golf at The Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and sailing aboard a 64-foot catamaran at The Westin Maui.
 Families may participate in activities together as well. For instance, The Westin Resort, Hilton Head Island, hosts summer barbecues on the beach where families can enjoy seafood and southern folk music. The Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles hosts "The Ultimate Brunch" every Sunday at its sidewalk cafe, featuring a clown, a mime and The Westin Bonaventure mascot for family entertainment. Other properties offer recreational activities, such as Saturday family golf clinics and weekend cookouts at The Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Ariz.
 The following is a list of services and activities planned for families staying at Westin properties this year. Contact names and phone numbers are also included:
 RESORTS:
 -- Hilton Head Island: The Westin Resort hosts a summer Beachside Barbecue featuring oysters, shrimp, fried chicken, roast pig, cobblers, bluegrass music and square dancing. Contact: Donna Stetler, director of Public Relations, 803-681-4000.
 -- Kauai: The Westin Kauai's "Camp Kalapaki" offers supervised care and activities for children six- to 12-years old. Activities include wildlife tours, swimming and lunch on the beach, outrigger canoe rides and Hawaiian arts and crafts. The cost of Camp Kalapaki is $25 for the day session, which lasts from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and $30 during the 6 to 10 p.m. evening session. A new program called "Babies on Vacation" offers traveling parents complimentary strollers, car seats, portable playpens and bottle warmers during their stay. Contact: Stephanie Reid, Public Relations manager, 808-245-5049.
 -- Maui: Each day at The Westin Maui's "Kieki Camp," an afternoon of activities is scheduled for children aged five to 12. Children may sail aboard the resort's 64-foot catamaran, ride an authentic sugar cane train, swim in one of the five free-form swimming pools, learn to snorkel or make flower leis and participate in arts and crafts. All sessions cost $20 per day, except for snorkeling, which costs $40. The hotel also offers babysitting services for younger children. Contact: Julia Gajcak, director of Public Relations, 808-667-2525.
 -- Orlando: Walt Disney World Swan offers parents a chance to relax alone while children enjoy games, arts and crafts, reading and making new friends at "Camp Swan." While at camp, children may order dinner from room service. The cost for Camp Swan is $5 per hour for one child and $1 per hour for each additional child. Contact: Cathy Sauer, director of Public Relations, 407-934-3000.
 -- Rancho Mirage: At The Westin Mission Hills Resort, children aged four to 12 may join the "Cactus Kids Club" and participate in golf, tennis, arts and crafts, resort tours, shuffle board, movie time, croquet and nature walks. All activities are included in the fee of $4 per hour per child, or $25 per day. Children and families may also enjoy swimming in one of the three pools and sliding down the 60-foot water slide. Contact: Jim Wilmer, director of Public Relations, 619-328-5955.
 -- Tucson: The children's check-in counter at The Westin La Paloma offers separate registration for kids, and presents them with a Kactus camp canteen. Once registered, a variety of activities await children of all ages. The "Children's Lounge" is open year 'round to entertain children from six-months to 12-years old with sing-alongs, cartoons and story telling. The cost is $3 per child per hour. During the summer months, "The Kactus Kids Camp" offers tennis, nature walks, volleyball, swimming and movies for children aged five- to 12-years old. The fee is $3 per child per hour or $18 per day, including lunch. Children and teenagers are invited to spend time in the recreation room equipped with pool and ping pong tables, electronic basketball and other electronic games, MTV videos and a snack bar. The hotel also offers junior tennis camps and golf clinics for children five- to 18-years of age for a fee of $5 per hour. Contact: Nancy Allison, director of Public Relations, 602-742-6000.
 CITY PROPERTIES:
 -- Dallas: The Westin Hotel, Galleria, offers a unique play area located near the pool, which includes slides, monkey bars, rope ladders and a fortress. In addition, the hotel is connected to the Galleria shopping mall, which offers ice skating, a movie theater and a game room. Contact: Alison Hogan, director of Public Relations, 214-934-9494.
 -- Houston: The Westin Galleria and Oaks is connected to The Galleria shopping mall where children can ice skate, watch movies or visit the game room. The hotel's putting green is also a favorite with children and their parents. Contact: Mark Shafer, director of Marketing, 713-960-8100.
 -- Kansas City: The Westin Crown Center offers three summer weekend packages for families. The Summer Vacation package costs $79 per night, and offers families free self-parking and use of the health club. The package also offers free meals at the hotel's Brasserie for children under 12. The Royals Weekend package offers guests up to four Kansas City Royals baseball tickets every time the Royals play at home, and The Worlds of Fun package provides tickets to The World's of Fun Amusement Park. Both packages cost $92 and include free self parking and use of the health club. Contact: Noelle Applegate, Public Relations manager, 816-474-4400.
 -- Los Angeles: The Century Plaza Hotel and Tower offers surprise gifts upon check-in for families with children aged three through 12. For families with infants, the hotel staff prepares rooms with cribs, baby shampoo and baby oil. Parents may also request car seats, changing tables, bottles, bottle warmers and baby powder. Contact: Katie Meyer, director of Public Relations, 213-277-2000.
 -- Los Angeles: The Westin Bonaventure is located minutes away from a variety of family activities, including Kidspace Museum, Universal Studios, Chinatown, the Los Angeles Zoo, Go Carts/Mini Golf Park and more. Every Sunday, guests may participate in "The Ultimate Brunch" in the Sidewalk Cafe outside the hotel. The brunch features a variety of food dishes, a clown and mime and The Westin Bonaventure mascot for entertainment. Contact: Susan Thompson, director of Public Relations, 213-624-1000.
 -- Pittsburgh: The Westin William Penn's "Some Enchanted Weekend" package includes deluxe guest rooms, valet parking, continental breakfast and in-house day care for children aged six weeks to six years at the Youngworld Children's Center. Children under 10 stay free at the hotel, and the charge for day care is contingent upon hours. In addition, the hotel is located in downtown Pittsburgh near the children's museum, Carnegie Science Center, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Kennywood amusement park. Contact: Debra Hogg director of Marketing, 412-281-7100.
 -- Washington, D.C.: The ANA Hotel presents children with stuffed ANA-creatures and healthy snacks when their parents check into the hotel room. Cribs (complete with diapers), roll-away beds and strollers are available to guests with young children. Coloring books are also available upon request. Contact: Heather Freeman, director of Public Relations, 202-457-5010.
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