Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — Marriott International Inc. is ending 10-days reservations in six countries in the Middle East and Africa as it faces growing competition from other hotels and resorts, said chief executive Doug Kestenbaum in a statement Wednesday.
The company will not be adding new 10- day reservations in any of those countries in 2020, he said.
Marriott also is canceling some events in Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
It plans to bring back some events from the past, Kestensa said.
In addition to Dubai, Saudi King Abdullah II has been among the most outspoken critics of Marriott in recent years.
His government banned the company from operating in the kingdom for the first time in December 2015, citing concerns over human rights abuses and its treatment of women.