Marriott told The Wall Street Journal that it expects to open more than six hotels a week on average through 2017, bringing its portfolio to 5,000 hotels in 100 countries. "This is a great time to be in the hotel business," said Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson. "Around the world, this is a golden age of travel. In North America, we believe we are only midway through an elongated lodging cycle, with considerable upside to come." Much of Marriott's growth will be international, as hotel construction in the U.S. is still not back to the level it was pre-2008. Internationally, Marriott expects to double its portfolio in its second largest division, Asia Pacific, by 2017, The Wall Street Journal reports. In the Middle East and Africa, Marriott expects to grow its portfolio to more than 31,000 rooms by 2017 on a 24-percent to 26-percent compound growth rate from 2013. Get the full story at Hotel Management