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How big can be beautiful

Large combinations - like Marriott's acquisition of Starwood - usually force prices up. That is the bedrock of business and monopoly.

A GOOD MIX: The Marriott-Starwood marriage offers a massive incentive for customers for whom the added rewards and newer destinations could outweigh any room price increases.

WHILE finding friendly cabin crew on a flight can be a game of Russian roulette - like when you find a grumpy bunch, say on the pink-eye to New Delhi - travellers take much for granted at hotels that are expected to create a uniform experience by hiring with care and then dinning into young...