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Marriott International Embarks on Global Independent Hotel Expansion

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From the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) today showcased the industry's most powerful independent hotel platform, focused on offering consumers a range of uniquely local hotel experiences and owners an impactful lever to maximize returns while retaining their hotel's individuality.

With the acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2016, Marriott International now has more than 240 independent hotels under three distinctive collection brands – The Luxury Collection, Autograph Collection Hotels and Tribute Portfolio – and expects to grow its collection brands by nearly 50% by 2019. "Marriott is now able to offer more choices than ever, especially for owners and guests who prefer an independent hotel experience," said Arne M. Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International. "We doubled our portfolio of independent hotels with the acquisition of Starwood and significantly increased our global footprint. The growth projected for the next few years underscores the demand Marriott is seeing for more customized, local experiences."