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Marriott plans 65 properties in Middle East

Marriott International plans to expand its current portfolio of properties in the Middle East from 26 to 65 through 2011, the company announced at the Global Travel & Tourism Summit. The chain announced four new development agreements in the region, which will be located in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. With the signings, which involve nine properties and 2,000 rooms, Marriott's Middle East hotel pipeline now stands at 39.