Anbang would still like to put money into hotels. But with Starwood out of the picture could it regroup and shop for something else instead?
CEO Arne Sorenson writes a letter to Marriott employees, laying out the compelling reasons for the merger and assuring them that the integration will go as smoothly as possible.
Independent hoteliers are indeed exploring alternatives to the big online travel agencies, including finding ways to spur more direct bookings, but sometimes it seems like a steep, uphill battle.
Qunar is a technology company with a big vision and an enormous opportunity as the Chinese traveler busts out into the world. He won't say it outright, but it's clear that CEO CC Zhuang likes where he sits, and wouldn't want to stop the momentum with the complications that a merger with Ctrip would bring.