Proposed hotel merger: pros and cons

Travelers can save if they book direct

Thor Challgren
The Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Newbury Park is about to take over the Sheraton Agoura Hills. Well, not exactly.
But the parent companies of these two hotel giants appear ready to consummate an arrangement in which Marriott International will acquire Starwood Hotels and Resorts for $13.6 billion, pending shareholder approval of the deal.
The combined entity would become the world’s largest hotel company, with over 30 brands and 5,700 sites worldwide, including Starwood’s Sherat...

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