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Marriott International to Acquire Starwood Hotel and Resorts

By November 17, 2015 No Comments

merger business travelMarriott International is already a large, well-known franchise that will now be even bigger, having announced its merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Through this acquisition, Marriott will have 5,500 hotels and around 1.1 million hotel rooms worldwide. CNBC reported that before the purchase, “Marriott currently has three-quarters of its rooms in the United States. Starwood, which also owns St. Regis and Aloft hotel brands, gets nearly two-thirds of its revenue from outside the country.” This allows Marriott to expand globally, providing travelers and reward members the opportunity to stay at many more locations.

This purchase boosts Marriott’s worth to “$12.2 billion to create the world’s largest hotel chain with top brands including Sheraton, Ritz Carlton and the Autograph Collection.” The deal won’t be completed until the middle of 2016, but it will be a game changer for the hotel industry and will definitely give this franchise a leg up when customers go to book their next stay.

Krista Maurer

Krista Maurer

Krista Erçin-Maurer is the Marketing Manager at Christopherson Business Travel. She has worked in marketing for 15 years, six of them in the travel industry. Hailing from the beautiful coast of South Carolina, Krista has an affinity for philanthropy, politics, travel, FSU football, and gourmet cheese.

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