MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,500 lodging properties in 70 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, The Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; licenses and manages whole-ownership residential brands including The Ritz-Carlton Residences, JW Marriott Residences and Marriott Residences; operates Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers.
The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland USA and has approximately 137,000 employees at 2009 year-end. It is recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the best companies to work for, and by Newsweek as one of the greenest big companies in America. In fiscal year 2009 Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $11 billion.