In its latest white paper the company stated that in 14 of the world’s top 20 cities, the new hotel group will have nearly a third of the corporate travel hotel spend, rising to half in some places. Also, CWT’s analysis suggests Marriott, more than any other chain, has chosen not to take part in corporate travel RFP (request for proposal) processes. Scott Brennan, CWT EVP and head of global supplier management, said while consolidation in the hotel industry was not new the Marriott/Starwood tie-up would likely change the way corporate travel is bought and sold. “The implications are potentially huge. We think the new Marriott/Starwood group is going to have a lot of say in the market, which could alter the way corporate rooms are bought and sold. We don’t yet know the full impact and because the new group won’t be finalized in time for the negotiations this year, we won’t know until the 2017 negotiating season in September next year.” Get the full story at WIT and Carlson Wagonlit (PDF 520 KB)