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The monumental task of integrating Starwood continues almost two years later at Marriott, with all eyes on the Sheraton brand turnaround and the merging of the loyalty programs. Both could mean millions in incremental fee revenue, and efforts to reduce hotel-owner costs aren't going unnoticed.

Almost two years have passed since Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and while Marriott’s stock price is up 80 percent, the monumental task of integrating two huge hotel companies continues.

In Skift Research’s latest report out today, A Deep Dive Into Marriott 2018: Assessing the Power of an Integrated Company, we focus on two aspects of the integration efforts — the Sheraton turnaround and the merging of the loyalty programs — and what they could mean for the combined company.

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Our research indicates that the success of both the Sheraton turnaround and merging of the loyalty programs could result in incremental room revenue to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars for hotel owners and millions of additional fee revenue for Marriott. But, perhaps more importantly, the actions Marriott is taking demonstrate to us that the company is dedicated to reducing costs for hotel owners while improving the overall experience for the hotel guests.

Thus, Marriott is creating a circular reference — the more it works on lowering expenses and enhancing experiences for customers, the more it reinforces why it is such a formidable, dominant hospitality company.

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What You’ll Learn from this Report:

  • An overview of Marriott by the numbers: Sales, earnings, supply, and pipeline.
  • A comparison of Marriott before and after the Starwood acquisition: Past, present, and future.
  • Three hypothetical analyses assessing the potential financial benefit of the Sheraton turnaround.
  • Consumer and hotel owner views on the merging of Marriott’s loyalty programs.
  • Analysis of potential incremental revenue from improving the loyalty program’s contribution to occupancy for legacy-Starwood brands.
  • A description of other areas of strength for the company.
  • Skift Research forecasts for Marriott’s 2018 RevPAR, revenues, and earnings.
  • Company risks.

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