This was mentioned by Laura Paugh, Marriott International’s senior vice president of investor relations, on Dec. 6 at the Barclays Eat, Sleep Play – It’s Not All Discretionary conference in New York. “One of the things we’ve discovered after the closing of the transaction was that the Marriott contracts for the OTAs [online travel agencies] were better than the Starwood contracts,” she said. “When you think about it, we negotiated those contracts from a strength of 4,000 hotels and Starwood negotiated their contracts with the strength of a thousand hotels, and the difference was our contracts are already better and we haven’t even renegotiated yet with the 6,000.” Get the full story at Skift