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Post-merger Marriott can better bargain with online travel agents

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"If you were to look at soda, Coke and Pepsi have huge percentages of the business ... We're the largest which makes us feel good, but it's really not enough to take a dominant position." - Craig Smith, president and managing director of Marriott International Asia Pacific

Singapore

THE greater clout that Marriott International now has, following the completion of its US$13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts last Friday, will give it bargaining power when negotiating fees with online travel agencies like Expedia.

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