By Alexander Soule
Shared from The Stamford Advocate, Conn.
Nov. 18--As Marriott International works to complete its $12.2 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels, its CEO said he would move aggressively to "cull the bottom end" of Starwood's Sheraton brand if hotel owners fail to maintain base standards under the Marriott flag.
The acquisition of Stamford-based Starwood (NYSE: HOT) would make Marriott (Nasdaq: MAR) the world's largest hotel company with some 1.1 million rooms. With Sheraton alone having more than 137,000 rooms globally, the brand would have significant heft under Marriott, with about 13 percent of the combined company's room count.