Marriott International Inc was incorporated in Delaware in 1997 and became a public company in 1998. The Company is an operator, franchisor, and licensor of hotels and timeshare properties under numerous brand names at different pric...e and service points. It operates, franchises or licenses 3,916 properties , with 675,623 rooms as of year-end 2013 inclusive of40 home and condominium products (4,228 units) for which they manage the related owners associations. The Company has used or licensed its The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Autograph Collection Hotels, JW Marriott, and Marriott Hotels brand names and trademarks for residential real estate sales. The properties it operates or develops are subject to national, state, and local laws and regulations that govern the discharge of materials into the environme...nt or otherwise relate to protecting the environment.