Starwood/IHG merger

Old Jul 30, 15, 10:34 am
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Starwood/IHG merger

Hmm, interesting
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Old Jul 30, 15, 10:36 am
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Light reading: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/n...fits-rise.html
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Old Jul 30, 15, 3:02 pm
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No deal

The hotel giant had been in early discussions with UK-based IHG about a merger that would create the world’s largest hotel group, the FT reported earlier.

Those talks have ended, according to a source familiar with the situation.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/halahtou...ihg-talks-end/
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Old Jul 30, 15, 6:48 pm
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I'm not sure how this would benefit either. A better option would be for IHG or Starwood to purchase the Rezidor Group (Club Carlson). As they have a weak presence in North and South America (unlike IHG and Starwood), but a good presence in Europe/Asia/ME.
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Old Jul 30, 15, 8:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Fanjet View Post
I'm not sure how this would benefit either. A better option would be for IHG or Starwood to purchase the Rezidor Group (Club Carlson). As they have a weak presence in North and South America (unlike IHG and Starwood), but a good presence in Europe/Asia/ME.
But apparently the other program that Starwood is currently eyeing is WyndhamRewards. Earning SPG Plat status with 50 nights at $40 Super 8 motels, that sounds like a winner to me!

See, Starwood is desperate to have midscale hotels, and Club Carlson doesn't give it much (only a relatively modest number of Country Inns & Suites), while IHG would give it HI and HIX, and WyndhamRewards would give it Wingate by Wyndham and Microtel and Baymont Inn & Suites, and that's probably still not the whole list of WR midscale brands. (WR also has many budget bradns, of course.)
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Old Jul 30, 15, 9:09 pm
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So, should we be getting rid of our starwood points ?

The best thing they have going for the points is the auction and the 5000 bonus to any airline.
The Hotel redemption is nice too, but that may not be around this time next year.
And what of the SPG amx.

I know don't panic yet. (I'm kind of sorry I saw this)

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Old Jul 31, 15, 4:13 am
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SPG hotel redemption rates are often absurdly poor value for points. It may well be this deal will resurface. If Starwood approached IHG to acquire them it is unsurprising they were rebuffed, a reverse approach with PE/VC backing may well create a more compelling deal. Certainly Starwood would help fill out IHG's middle to upper market weak spot and drop a stronger brand like Sheraton in place of the weaker CP.
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Old Jul 31, 15, 4:44 am
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Originally Posted by Land-of-Miles View Post
If Starwood approached IHG to acquire them it is unsurprising they were rebuffed
Actually, it is supposed to be the other way round (IHG bying Starwood)
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Old Jul 31, 15, 8:23 am
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Originally Posted by nicolas75 View Post
Actually, it is supposed to be the other way round (IHG bying Starwood)
Well I think that would be the better fit but I am not sure that is the approach that Starwood made is it?
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