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Marriott-Starwood mega merger forms world's largest hotel group

The £9.4bn acquisition creates the world's largest hotel company, with 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms

Pictured: Marriott Country Hall in London, one of the properties under the new mega company

The largest hotel company has now been officially created, with Marriott International completing its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide today.

The £9.4 billion mega merger means the new company operates more than 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms across 30 brands, the largest portfolio in the market.

Marriott's UK and Ireland portfolio now amounts to 80 hotels across 17 brands, making up 15 per cent of Europe's offer with more than 16,000 rooms, while it has more than doubled Marriott's presence in Asia and the Middle East and Africa. It has bolstered Marriott's portfolio with brands such as W and Sheraton.

The merger was not without tribulation, with a consortium led by Chinese Anbang Insurance Group out-bidding Marriott's original bid of £8bn by £1bn.

John Marriott, executive chairman and chairman of the board of Marriott International, said: "Throughout our nearly 90-year history we have never stopped searching for innovative ways to serve our guests. 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."

Marriott will launch a microsite today,, to notify members of the combined loyalty programmes.

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