Marriott International reported revenue per available room dropped more than 20 percent year over year in the third quarter of 2009, although CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr., said the declines were less than expected.

Worldwide RevPAR for comparable company-operated properties dropped 23.5 percent during the quarter. RevPAR in international markets was down 28.9 percent, spurred by a 22.7 percent drop in average daily rate. Those markets were hurt not only by the economy but also by unfavorable comparisons with last year's Olympics in Beijing and concerns about the H1N1 virus, according to Marriott.

Domestically, systemwide RevPAR was down 19.3 percent. The company's full-service and luxury hotels