FILE PHOTO: A JW Marriott hotel is seen in Los Angeles

(Reuters) – Marriott International Inc <MAR.O> reported a 7.7 percent rise in fourth-quarter revenue as more people booked its rooms at higher prices, helping the company reaffirm its 2018 forecast for a key performance metric.

The world’s largest hotel chain said its revenue rose to $5.88 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31 from $5.46 billion a year earlier.

Net income fell to $201 million, or 54 cents per share, from $244 million, or 62 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding a charge related to changes in the U.S. tax law and other adjustments, Marriott earned $1.12 per share.

(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)