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by Michael J. Shapiro | March 30, 2011

Marriott International’s worldwide revenue per available room will likely be at the low end of the company’s first-quarter projection, the hotel company’s CFO noted on Monday. CFO Carl Berquist told investors at a J.P. Morgan forum that Marriott anticipates a RevPAR increase of 7 percent for the quarter. According to Berquist, Marriott’s international demand has been strong this year, and international RevPAR will likely increase 11 percent over last year’s numbers. North American recovery, however, has been slower than the company anticipated, particularly in large markets such as New York City, Atlanta, Orlando and Washington, D.C. For that reason, North American RevPAR is expected to rise only 5 to 6 percent over last year. The company will announce first-quarter earnings on April 20.