The Marriott-Starwood merger was one of the biggest hospitality stories of 2015. However, most people don’t know the long and winding road it took to get to that point. Marriott was one of 30 contenders who expressed interest in Starwood after the company announced it was for sale in April. And, even though Marriott met with Starwood early on, the company was hesitant to move forward, even withdrawing from the process in August. It wasn’t until about two weeks before the final sale that Marriott jumped back into the game before closing the deal on Nov. 16. To learn more about this story, click here.