Hotel industry analysts say it's a good time for Marriott, and possibly others, to be negotiating, given the strong business environment of recent years. The "frenemy" relationship between hotels and their OTA partners is ongoing, but hotels acknowledge the distribution reach and the low-risk business model they get from the likes of Expedia, Booking.com and TripAdvisor. Member-only pricing discounts and direct campaigns launched by many hotel companies about three years ago have failed to significantly shift the needle in terms of direct bookings. Get the full story at Travel Weekly Read also "Marriott’s bigger size could mean paying lower fees to Expedia"