Swimming pool of Starwood's St. Regis hotel in Doha, Qatar. (photo/starwood)
Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) announced this morning that its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has been finalized. Marriott is now the world's largest hotel company with 30 hotel brands and 5,700 hotels in 110 countries. The company's expanded distribution of hotels has in one swoop more than doubled in Asia, the Middle East and Africa combined.