WASHINGTON (AP) _ Marriott International Inc. has sold nine hotels, some still under construction, to CNL Hospitality Corp. for approximately $100 million.

One Residence Inn, two Courtyard by Marriott hotels, three SpringHill Suites hotels and three TownePlace Suites hotels were involved in the sale announced Tuesday.

Five of the hotels included in the transaction are currently open, Washington-based Marriott said, and four are still under construction.

Marriott will continue to operate and manage the hotels through a long-term management agreement. CNL Hospitality is based in Orlando, Fla.

``This transaction continues to advance our strategy of managing hotels owned by others,'' said William J. Shaw, president and chief operating officer of Marriott.

This year, Marriott has sold 30 hotels and senior living communities for more than $380 million, and the company plans to sell an additional 10 properties within the next six months. Like the most recent sale, Marriott still manages the properties.

The nine hotels mentioned in the announcement include a total of 1,143 rooms, and are located in Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Utah and Virginia.


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