1. ‘Size matters’: Marriott to buy Starwood, Creating the World’s Largest Hotel Company

    ‘Size matters’: Marriott to buy Starwood, Creating the World’s Largest Hotel Company

    Marriott International, the Bethesda-based hotel behemoth, said Monday it has agreed to buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts in a $12.2 billion deal that would create the world’s largest hotel company.The combined hotelier, to be based in Bethesda, would own or franchise 5,500 properties and be the only company to have more than 1 million hotel rooms...

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    1. To be successful in today's lodging space, a wide distribution of brands and hotels across price points is critical.
    2. Losing Starwood with properties all over the spectrum is a significant loss in the competition.
    3. Marriott has been very aggressive in the past, This not out of character for them to build their brand by combining with another group.
    4. By being bigger, our hotels can be made to perform better.
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