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Marriott International Inc.

What Marriott-Starwood deal means to hotel guests

What Marriott-Starwood deal means to hotel guests

Marriott International is buying rival Starwood Hotels to create the biggest hotel chain in the world.

What does it mean for you, the traveling customer?

If you have reservations at any Starwood property, relax. Marriott will for now keep all of Starwood's hotel brands: Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels, Four Points, Element, Aloft, LeMeridian, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection. Upcoming reservations are safe.

Don't look for quick changes in websites or reservations sites; those likely will be phased in. Once they are, the combined company will have over 5,500 hotels worldwide with more than a million hotel rooms. That is a plus, because it is a huge inventory for hotel...