BETHESDA, MD – Marriott International, Inc announced today that it continues to expect strong RevPAR and unit growth in 2016. The company expects comparable systemwide RevPAR on a constant dollar basis in North America, outside North America and worldwide will increase 2 to 4 percent in the first quarter of 2016 and 3 to 5 percent for full year 2016, likely toward the upper end of the full year range. Marriott also anticipates its gross worldwide rooms will increase 8 percent gross, or 7 percent net, for full year 2016. These expectations do not include the impact of the planned Starwood transaction.
Year-to-date through February, constant dollar RevPAR at Marriott’s comparable systemwide hotels increased 3.4 percent in North America, 3.9 percent outside North America and 3.5 percent worldwide, over the same two month period in 2015.
Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, said: “We feel good about how the first quarter RevPAR and unit growth are shaping up. Our 19 lodging brands continue to deliver great returns, making them attractive to lenders as well as owners and franchisees. Even excluding the Starwood acquisition, we expect our gross room additions will grow our system by 8 percent in 2016, outpacing our 7 percent growth last year which included the Delta transaction.”