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 different brand names. It also operates, develops and markets residential properties and provides services to home/condominium owner associations. The Company operates, franchises, or licenses 4,175 properties, with 714,765 rooms as of year-end 2014 inclusive of 41 home and condominium products for which it manage the related owners' associations. It operates in three business segments: North American Full-Service, North American Ltd-Service, and International. The Company uses or licensed our The Ritz-Carlton, Autograph Collection Hotels, EDITION, JW Marriott and Marriott Hotels brand names and trademarks for residential real estate sales. The Company's brands include The Ritz-Carlton, Gaylord Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, AC Hotels by Marriott, EDITION, Courtyard by Marriott (Courtyard), JW Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott (Residence Inn), Autograph Collection Hotels, SpringHill Suites by Marriott (SpringHill Suites), Renaissance Hotels, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Marriott Hotels, TownePlace Suites by Marriott (TownePlace Suites), Marriott Executive Apartments, Protea Hotels, Marriott Vacation Club and Moxy Hotels. The properties it operates or develops are subject to national, state, and local laws and regulations that govern the discharge of materials into the environment or otherwise relate to protecting the environment.