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Marriott completes takeover of Starwood

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September 26, 2016

Marriott completes takeover of Starwood

Marriott & Starwood Hotels - MarwoodMarriott International has completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, creating the world’s largest company.

Marriott now offers a comprehensive portfolio of brands including leading lifestyle brands, a significant global footprint, and leadership in the luxury and select-service tiers as well as the convention and resort segment.

“Throughout our nearly 90-year history we have never stopped searching for innovative ways to serve our guests,” said J.W. Marriott, Jr., executive chairman and chairman of the board of Marriott International.

“With the addition of Starwood’s strong brands, great properties, and talented people, we have dramatically expanded our ability to provide the best experiences to our customers. We also welcome the tremendous responsibility as the world’s largest hotel company to be a good global steward, providing new opportunities for our associates and building the economic strength of the communities we call home.”

Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, said: “We believe that Marriott now has the world’s best portfolio of hotel brands, the most comprehensive global footprint, and the most extensive loyalty programs, providing an unparalleled guest experience.

‘Combining Starwood’s brands with ours better enables Marriott to reach our goal of having the right brand in the right place to serve our loyal guests and welcome new ones.

“We can now provide a better range of choices for our guests, more opportunities for our associates, and greater financial benefits for our owners, franchisees, and shareholders.”

The new company will operate or franchise more than 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms, representing 30 leading brands from the moderate-tier to luxury in over 110 countries. With the completion of this acquisition, Marriott’s distribution has more than doubled in Asia and the Middle East & Africa combined.

Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood enables the combined company to expand the scope of its distribution and portfolio while deploying its larger scale to realise cost efficiencies in its corporate and property operations.

“These enhanced efficiencies and revenue opportunities should drive improved property-level profitability as well as greater owner and franchisee preference for the combined company’s brands, which will encourage new hotel development,” Sorenson said.

“As new travel destinations emerge, Marriott can be counted on to be there.”

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