Anbang withdraws Starwood bid, clearing way for Marriott buyout

Anbang withdraws Starwood bid, clearing way for Marriott buyout Starwood Hotels & Resorts said Thursday that a consortium led by Anbang Insurance Group withdrew its all-cash $14.1 billion offer for the company, and that Starwood’s board continues to support its buyout agreement with Marriott International. Source: Hotel Marketing Anbang withdraws Starwood bid, clearing way for Marriott buyout

Bots are the new apps: Microsoft reveals how artificial intelligence will book hotels

Bots are the new apps: Microsoft reveals how artificial intelligence will book hotels Microsoft has revealed a future where we will interact with numerous ‘bots’ to do everything from book hotels and manage our diaries, to order pizza. Here’s how a Westin bot books a hotel room via Skype. Source: Hotel Marketing Bots are the new apps: Microsoft reveals how artificial intelligence will book hotels