Marriott International, Inc. is a multinational hospitality company that operates and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and lodging facilities across the world. The company was founded in 1927 by J. Willard Marriott and his wife Alice S. Marriott and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
Marriott International has more than 30 hotel brands, including luxury brands such as The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis, premium brands such as Marriott and Sheraton, and select-service brands such as Courtyard and Fairfield Inn. The company's portfolio also includes vacation ownership resorts, conference centers, and rental homes.
As of 2021, Marriott International had over 7,800 properties in 140 countries and territories, and employed more than 174,000 people worldwide. The company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol "MAR".