Marriott Starwood Merger Creates World’s Largest Hotel Company

Marriott Starwood Merger Business Travel Life

This morning, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced a merger agreement between the companies to create the world’s largest hotel company. Marriott will pay $12.2 billion to acquire Starwood. The boards of both companies unanimously approved an agreement for a merger.

Combined, Marriott and Starwood operate or franchise over 5,500 hotels and over 1.1 million rooms world wide.  The press release by Marriott stated, “the merged company will offer broader choice for guests, greater opportunities for associates and should unlock additional value for Marriott and Starwood shareholders.”

Bill Marriott, Executive Chairman of the Board at Marriott International, announced the news on LinkedIn this morning stating, “We have competed with Starwood for decades. But, we have also admired them. Starwood introduced W and changed the hotel landscape by helping define lifestyle brands. They introduced the Heavenly Bed — we all wanted one of those. And, they have loyal guests just like we do.”

The Marriott Starwood merger is expected to close mid-2016. It will be interesting to find out how this will affect Marriott Rewards members and Starwood Preferred Guests will be affected by the merger.

Marriott and Starwood Merger Business Travel Life
Marriott International to Acquire Starwood Hotels and Resorts; Will Become World’s Largest Hotel Company Photo Credit: http://news.marriott.com/

 

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Kristina is the founder of Business Travel Life. Her love of fitness and travel unified to create a resource for business travelers and road warriors who want to take a healthier approach to business travel. She has traveled for business on and off for the past eight years. Kristina received a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University and received her Bachelors of Arts in Business Marketing from Chaminade University of Honolulu.

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