Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and timeshare properties worldwide. It operates through three segments: North American Full-Service, North American Limited-Service, and International. The company also licenses the development, operation, marketing, sale, and management of vacation ownership and related products under the Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, and The Ritz-Carlton Residences brands to the Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. In addition, it operates, markets, and develops residential properties, as well as operates and franchises hotels and resorts; and provides services to home/condominium owner associations. As of January 28, 2016, the company had approximately 4,300 properties in 85 countries and territories. Marriott International, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.