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Marriott International plans to double number of properties in Asia by 2016

BEIJING -- Hotel operator Marriott International Inc. says it plans to more than double the number of its properties in Asia in the next four years.

Marriott said Tuesday it expects to add 143 hotels to its 132 properties in Asia for a total of more than 80,000 rooms in 16 countries. The company said its Asian workforce should grow by 36,000 people to a total of 76,000 by 2016.

“We have seen great growth across our portfolio and expect to be launching new brands in the region soon,” said Simon Cooper, Marriott International's president and managing director in Asia, in a statement.

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