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2016 represented the strongest year of rooms growth in Marriott International’s history.

The hotel company opened a record 55,000 rooms in 2016, excluding the 381,000 inventory gained with the Starwood acquisition.

The newly-merged company signed 880 new hotel deals, representing nearly 136,000 rooms, under long-term management and franchise agreements, and opened over 400 hotels with more than 68,000 rooms around the world.

Marriott International now operates or franchises over 6,000 hotels and nearly 1.2 million rooms.

"2016 will go down as a remarkable year in Marriott's history.

Our accomplishments [for the respective year] position Marriott for continued success and create greater opportunities for our guests, associates, development partners, shareholders and the communities where we do business," commented Arne Sorenson, CEO, Marriott International.