Marriott International plans to lay off some of the staff at the headquarters of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Stamford, Conn., according to Travel Weekly, M&C's sister publication. The company will eliminate 163 positions in Stamford per the Connecticut Department of Labor. The layoffs will take place during the first two weeks of January.
Marriott provided M&C with the following statement today:
The Marriott/Starwood integration is in full swing, and with that comes the creation of new positions, along with the elimination of some redundancies. The majority of impacted associates were made aware of the status of their position some time ago. When we announced the merger in November 2015, we said that there would be some duplication of functions -- mostly at the corporate level. While we don't have an exact number of jobs that will be impacted in Stamford at this time, we will know more about staffing decisions as we continue the integration process. We anticipate having a presence in Stamford for the foreseeable future; we will begin to explore longer-term options and needs now that we have completed the acquisition. We also anticipate that many associates will find new opportunities within the company, and we will be working closely with them through this process.
Marriott completed its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood in late September. The company, based in Bethesda, Md., said last month that it intends to remain in Maryland's Montgomery County, and is in talks to move into a new headquarters in downtown Bethesda.
Marriott plans to make a decision on its new headquarters by June 2017, and will build a Marriott hotel with at least 200 rooms at its new headquarters, per Travel Weekly's report.