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Westin Buckhead Atlanta

www.wes t in b u ck h ea d a t la n ta .co m H ead q u ar te rs : At la n ta   Sp e cia lt ies :
Business travelers, leisure travelers E m p l oye e s : 1 3 5 A l i ci a W i le y, ge ne ra l
m anage r “It will be a ver y strong year for the industr y in general.”

Although the Westin Buckhead Atlanta is
popular with weekend leisure visitors eager

Business Pros
Westin Buckhead Atlanta serves the business
community’s premier conferences. BY JEFF BORGARDT

to enjoy the trendy neighborhood’s high-end
shopping and dining along with the hotel’s
luxurious accommodations, it is corporate
conferences and business travelers that are
the hotel’s true bread and butter.
The robust occupancy 365-room hotel in
Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood has
30,000 square feet of meeting space. It
hosts about 3,200 meetings and conferences annually. 
Business has recovered since the recession struck five years ago, General Manager
Alicia Wiley says. “We are doing well,” she reports. “From a group perspective, we are not
exactly where we were before the downturn
in the economy but are very close to getting
back to those levels. Business travel is
strong and rates are recovering. It’s a great
environment as supply has tapered off.
There has not been a significant increase in
supply [in Atlanta] so demand is catching up.
From an individual business traveler perspective, its very favorable in Atlanta with
year-over-year growth.”
In the early 2000s, annual revenue per
available room growth ranged in the 8 or 10
percentile nationally. Although the current
rate of growth is not that robust, it is
nonetheless substantial and Wiley anticipates 2014 will be “a very strong year for the
industry in general.”
Westin Buckhead Atlanta opened in 1991
as a Swissotel. In 2004, it was purchased by
Host Hotels & Resorts and reflagged as a
Westin, says Wiley, who joined Starwood Hotels and Resorts five years ago.
She began working at the Atlanta location
about a year ago after working at other
Westin and Sheraton properties. Westin is

Westin Buckhead Atlanta is a prime destination for business conferences.

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