Jul062009

Hotel Chains by Global Ranking

Who is the larger hotel chain – InterContinental Hotels Group or Wyndham Hotel Group?

It depends on how you look at the numbers. Wyndham Hotels Group is the largest hotel chain in the world by hotel properties. InterContinental Hotels Group is the largest hotel chain in the world when counting the number of hotel rooms.

I like numbers. The size of hotel chains and hotel brands is data I periodically check. The major hotel chains are large global dynamic entities.  Hotels open, hotels close, and hotels are bought and sold or change brand identity with regularity.

Hotels Magazine has compiled hotel chain statistics in their 39th annual report of the hotel industry released June 25, 2009. This resource inspired me to look at the major hotel loyalty program hotel chains for additional data to add to the Hotels Magazine numbers and compile tables I can use when analyzing hotel loyalty programs.

Affixing an accurate number of hotels on any given day is difficult. In the past year the Hyatt Hotels chain sold off Hawthorn Suites and AmeriSuites to Wyndham Hotels. Hyatt Place and Baymont Suites are two brands that expanded this past year from hotel conversions of the former AmeriSuites and Hawthorn brand hotels. Hilton and Marriott open a new hotel somewhere in the world about every other day on average.

New hotel brands have emerged in the USA over the past year, like Hyatt’s Andaz and their cookie-cutter hotel brand Hyatt Place, and Starwood Hotels’ extended stay hotel brand, Element.

Loyalty Traveler reorganized and assimilated data from the Hotels Magazine reports, with additional corporate data available on hotel chains’ websites to create a data profile relevant to the hotel loyalty program frequent guest. My primary data interest not found in the Hotels Magazine report is the number of hotels in each brand and their market segment. For that data I scoured the hotel websites and came up with numbers reported at some point in 2009. The result is a snapshot of the hotel brands within each major hotel chain.

 

Top 9 Hotel Chains Globally by Number of Hotels (plus Hyatt at #19)

World Rank

Hotel Chain

Total Properties

in Chain

Largest Hotel Brands in Chain

1

Wyndham Hotel Group

7,043

Days Inn, Super 8, Ramada

2

Choice Hotels International

5,827

Comfort Inn, Quality Inn

3

IHG

InterContinental Hotels Group

4,186

Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza 

 

4

Best Western International

4,000

Best Western is only brand in this chain.

5

Accor

3,982

Motel 6, Novotel, Ibis, Sofitel

6

Hilton Hotels Corp.

3,265

Hilton Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn

 

7

Marriott International

3,178

Marriott Hotels, Courtyard, Residence Inn

8

Carlson Hotels International

1,013

Radisson, Country Inn

9

Starwood Hotels

942

Sheraton, Westin, Four Points

19

Hyatt Hotels

375

Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place

Source: http://www.hotelsmag.com/article/CA6667503.html

World’s Largest Hotel Companies: Corporate 300 Chart

These hotel chains all have points-based hotel loyalty programs, except for the eurocentric Accor Hotels program which is a spending based program. Accor’s A-Club hotel loyalty program excludes Motel 6, which is the chain’s largest brand at over 1,000 hotels and Accor’s primary hotel brand in the USA.

Hyatt Hotels ranks 19th in number of hotels, however, the chain ranks number 10 globally in number of hotel rooms. Hyatt Hotels tend to be large hotel properties.

Top 10 Hotel Chains Globally by Number of Hotel Rooms

World Rank

Hotel Chain

Total Rooms

in Chain

Largest Hotel Brands

1

IHG

InterContinental Hotels Group

619,851

Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, InterContinental

 

2

Wyndham Hotel Group

592,880

Days Inn, Super 8, Ramada

3

Marriott International

560,681

Marriott Hotels, Courtyard, Residence Inn

4

Hilton Hotels Corp.

545,725

Hilton Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn

 

5

Accor

478,975

Motel 6, Novotel, Ibis, Sofitel, Mercure 

 

 

 

 

6

Choice Hotels International

472,526

Comfort Inn, Quality Inn

7

Best Western International

305,000

Best Western is only brand in this chain.

8

Starwood Hotels

284,800

Sheraton, Westin, Four Points

9

Carlson Hotels International

151,077

Radisson, Country Inn

10

Hyatt Hotels

114,332

Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place

Source: http://www.hotelsmag.com/article/CA6667503.html

World’s Largest Hotel Companies: Corporate 300 Chart

Loyalty Traveler will post data on individual hotel chains throughout this week.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. Listed here are some of the larger brands of each company but I’d like to add that there are nine brands that Starwood Hotels and Resorts own and operate as of this date. All 9 brands are: Sheraton, Westin, W (The W), St. Regis, aLoft, Element, The Luxury Collection, Four Points and Le Méridien.

  2. There are over 70 hotel brands within the top 10 hotel chains listed here. Due to table space I only included the largest brands by number of hotel properties for each hotel chain in the table for this post.

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