Marriott closes on $13B Starwood purchase

Combined companies run 5,700 hotels across 110 countries

Sep.September 23, 2016 09:30 AM

From the New York website: This time, no mysterious Chinese suitor showed up at the last minute. Marriott International closed on the $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

The new company will span 5,700 hotels with 1.1 million rooms across 110 countries, making it the world’s largest hotel operator. Marriott had initially agreed to buy Starwood in November. But in March, Chinese insurer and fund manager Anbang Insurance Group launched a rival, $14 billion bid, prompting Marriott to up its own offer. Anbang suddenly and mysteriously withdrew its bid mere weeks later, clearing the way for the Marriott merger.

“We think there are real advantages to size,” Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson told the Journal.

Starwood operates 27 hotels in the Los Angeles area, according to its website, including the W Hollywood and Aloft in El Segundo. The new company runs numerous hotels in New York as well through its Ritz Carlton, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, W Hotels, Westin and Sheraton brands. [WSJ]Konrad Putzier

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