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The 2004 Ranking of Hotel Groups; 
Including the Ten Hotel Groups with the
Greatest Increase in Number of Rooms

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Paris, 4 June 2004 - The detailed assessment of the worldwide hotel industry undertaken each year by MKG Consulting is now available. It broadens the preliminary results published on March 29 of the 10 largest groups in the world, and the 20 largest brands established throughout the world. The detailed assessment concerns the analysis of 180 hotel groups having at least 2,000 rooms.
  • At the top of the ranking, three European groups have come to contest the American supremacy within the worldwide hotel industry: InterContinental Hotels Group, Accor and Hilton International.
  • The high density of the hotel sector is a reality. The ten largest groups in the world total control over three fourths of the hotel supply of the 100 largest hotels of the sector.
  • Within a rather difficult international context, the expansion of chains was healthy. The total capacity of the 100 largest hotel groups totalled 110,745 rooms, resulting from the addition of 166,120 rooms (1,155 hotels) and the dropping of 55,375 rooms. Alone, the ten most dynamic groups added 118,136 rooms to the world supply.
  • Leading the way, two brands stand out due to their dynamism: Express by Holiday Inn (+10.2% in number of rooms) and Novotel (+7.3% in number of rooms). In general, brands managed by French hotel groups continued to see growth.


Ranking of the largest hotel
groups in the world
(definitive data as of 01/01/2004)

Hotels
Rooms
Change
Rank
2003 
Rank
2004 
Group
Cntry.
2003
2004
2003
2004
Rooms
%
2
1
InterContinental Hotels Group
GB
3,325
3,520
515,525
536,318
20,793
4.0%
1
2
Cendant
USA
6,513
6,399
536,097
518,435
-17,662
-3.3%
3
3
Marriott International
USA
2,493
2,655
453,851
479,882
26,031
5.7%
4
4
Accor
FRA
3,829
3,894
440,807
453,403
12,596
2.9%
5
5
Choice
USA
4,664
4,810
373,722
388,618
14,896
4.0%
6
6
Hilton Corp.
USA
2,078
2,142
336,493
344,618
8,125
2.4%
7
7
Best Western
USA
4,064
4,110
308,911
310,245
1,334
0.4%
8
8
Starwood
USA
748
774
226,970
237,934
10,964
4.8%
9
9
Carlson Hospitality Worldwide
USA
847
879
141,923
147,478
5,555
3.9%
10
10
Hilton International
GB
399
409
99,945
102,602
2,657
2.7%
Source: MKG Consulting Database –06/2004
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Ranking of the twenty largest
hotel brands in the world
(definitive data as of 01/01/2004)
Hotels
Rooms
Change
Rank
2003 
Rank
2004 
Chain
Group
2003
2004
2003
2004
Rooms
%
1
1
Best Western Best Western
4,064
4,110
308,911
310,245
1,334
0.4%
2
2
Holiday Inn InterContinental HG
1,567
1,529
293,346
287,769
-5,577
-1.9%
3
3
Comfort Inns & Suites Choice
2,268
2,366
169,750
177,444
7,694
4.5%
4
4
Marriott Hotels Resorts  Marriott Internat.
450
472
165,200
173,974
8,774
5.3%
5
5
Days Inn of America, Inc. Cendant
1,902
1,892
158,824
157,995
-829
-0.5%
6
6
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Starwood
396
394
133,519
134,648
1,129
0.8%
8
7
Hampton Inn Hilton Corp.
1,222
1,255
124,653
127,543
2,890
2.3%
7
8
Super 8 Motels Cendant
2,083
2,086
126,862
126,421
-441
-0.3%
10
9
Express by Holiday Inn InterContinental HG
1,352
1,455
109,205
120,298
11,093
10.2%
9
10
Ramada Franchise Systems Cendant
971
905
116,098
104,636
-11,462
-9.9%
11
11
Radisson Hotels Worldwide Carlson Hospitality 
435
441
102,646
103,709
1,063
1.0%
12
12
Motel 6 Accor
863
880
90,890
92,468
1,578
1.7%
15
13
Quality Inns, Hotels, Suites  Choice
820
878
86,662
92,011
5,349
6.2%
14
14
Hyatt Hotels  Hyatt Hotels & Resorts 
206
210
87,000
89,542
2,542
2.9%
13
15
Hilton Hotels Hilton Corp.
231
230
87,618
89,012
1,394
1.6%
17
16
Courtyard Marriott Internat.
587
616
84,356
88,214
3,858
4.6%
16
17
Mercure Accor
733
726
86,525
86,239
-286
-0.3%
18
18
Hilton Hilton International
250
254
73,123
75,005
1,882
2.6%
19
19
Ibis Accor
622
651
65,791
69,950
4,159
6.3%
20
20
Novotel Accor
369
388
62,694
67,268
4,574
7.3%
Source: MKG Consulting Database – 06/2004
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The ten greatest increases
in number of rooms
(definitive data as of 01/01/2004)

Hotels
Rooms
Change
Rank
2003 
Rank
2004 
Group
Cntry.
2003
2004
2003
2004
Rooms
%
3
3
Marriott International
USA
2,493
2,656
453,851
479,882
26,031
5.7%
2
1
InterContinental Hotels Group
GB
3,325
3,520
515,525
536,318
20,793
4.0%
5
5
Choice
USA
4,664
4,810
373,722
388,618
14,896
4.0%
4
4
Accor
FRA
3,829
3,894
440,807
453,403
12,596
2.9%
8
8
Starwood
USA
748
774
226,970
237,934
10,964
4.8%
6
6
Hilton Corp.
USA
2,078
2,142
336,493
344,618
8,125
2.4%
13
13
TUI
GER
277
287
69,382
76,079
6,697
9.7%
45
28
Best Value Inn
USA
220
318
12,074
18,576
6,502
53.9%
22
20
Prince Hotels
JAP
62
76
26,078
32,055
5,977
22.9%
9
9
Carlson Hospitality Worldwide
USA
847
879
141,923
147,478
5,555
3.9%
Total of 10 groups
18,543
19,355
2,596,825
2,714,961
118,136,
4.5%
Source: MKG Consulting Database –06/2004

After revealing the results of the change in the supply of the largest groups in the world and their chains last March, the definitive and refined ranking of the 180 groups that manage more than 2,000 rooms confirms the density of the sector in the highest ranks. A telling figure of this density: of the supply of the 100 largest hotel groups in the world, registered as of February 1st, 2004, greater than 4.6 million rooms, the 10 largest groups alone manage more than 3.5 million rooms. 

The two largest, InterContinental Hotels Group and Cendant, total more than a million rooms, with 536,318 and 518,435 rooms. In tenth place in the ranking, the British Hilton International still had over 102,000 rooms, though this number rapidly fell. The Scandinavian Rezidor SAS has less than 34,000 rooms and is in 20th place (*) and with 18,000 rooms Walt Disney Attraction comes in 30th place.

Three European groups manage to contest the supremacy of American companies in the top 10: InterContinental Hotels Group, which rose to the highest rank thanks to the acquisition of the American Candlewood Suites, passing the long-time leader, Cendant. This latter has undertaken a rigorous inspection of its franchised supply, leading to many hotels being dropped. Third in the ranking, Marriott International was the group that has the highest increase in its supply in absolute value, with 26,031 additional rooms. Its continued growth will permit it, by the end of the first semester of 2004, to rise over the 500,000 mark. Accor maintained its position in fourth place thanks to the increase in its supply of nearly 12,600 rooms in all brands combined. 

In 2003, the 100 largest groups in the world managed a total of 110,745 rooms. This total resulted from the arrival of 166,120 new rooms to their marketed supply and the simultaneous loss of 55,375 rooms. This translates into a growth in supply of around 2%. Alone, the ten largest groups in the world added 118,136 new rooms to their inventory.

In the list of hotel brands, Americans dominate the head of the ranking with 13 establishments among the 20 largest. Despite a relative stagnation in its supply, Best Western nevertheless remains the largest brand in the world. Among the top of the ranking, Express by Holiday Inn posted the strongest growth, with more than 11,000 rooms (+10.2%).

American groups remain ahead in the Asia-Pacific zone, where they operate nearly four rooms out of ten. The economic potential of Asia, and particularly China, is whetting the appetite of all the international operators. With a rise of 10% in the hotel supply in this zone, this translates to by far the largest expansion registered in 2003. The North American zone saw moderate growth in its chain supply. This result is mostly explained by the drop in the supply of the giant, Cendant. In Europe, the increase in the supply rose by 3.0% thanks to the dynamism of the Eastern European countries. Forecasts of rises in passenger traffic to Central European countries signals their strong potential, strengthened by the recent enlargement of the European Union. The new member-states seem to have become the new Eldorado of international groups.

French brands managed to stay in the race and experiences some of the largest increases, notably Sofitel, 36th largest brand, which gained one place, with a growth rate of +12.5% to 36,609 rooms. Etap Hotel, 53rd largest brand, rose one place with an increase of +9.7% to 22,776 rooms. Novotel (+7.3%) and Ibis (+6.3%) for Accor.

Kyriad, of the Envergure Group, posted a leap of 11.3% to reach 11,573 rooms and is ranked in 84th place, versus 93rd place in 2003. Concerning Première Classe, it retained its 74th place with a rise of 2.9% in its number of rooms, breaking the 14,000-barrier.

Further down the ranking, we notice the strong expansion of Balladins, 154th place (+30.3%), which gained 19 placed in the ranking with its 4,869 rooms. Villages Hotel also gained 7 places, arriving at 172nd place (+4% rise). Fasthôtel, with a slight rise of 2.1%, nevertheless gained 6 placed to 196th place.

The B&B brand, 111th place, mostly present in the French territory, also posted a good growth rate in its supply (+7.5% rise to reach 7,717 rooms). However, having been acquired last year by the British investment bank Duke Street Capital, it can no longer be considered among the French brands.

Find the entire assessment of the worldwide chain hotel industry in the May-June issue of HTR Magazine: the complete list of the 155 largest hotel groups and the 200 largest hotel chains, as well as a detailed analysis of the worldwide hotel supply, its changes, and chain activity.

(*) Rezidor SAS, subsidiary hotel group of the Scandinavian transport company SAS, manages rooms under brands belonging to Carlson Hotels and for which the number is also integrated into the supply of Carlson Worldwide.

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Contact:

Georges Panayotis
+33 (0)1 56 56 87 90
georges.panayotis@mkg-consulting.com
http://www.mkgconseil.com

 
Also See: RevPAR of Chain Hotels in France Rose by 8.1% in March 2004 / MKG Consulting / May 2004
2004 Rankings of the 10 Largest International Hotel Groups and the 20 Largest Brands; InterContinental Hotels Group Overtakes Cendant / MKG Consulting / March 2004
2004 European Ranking of Hotel Groups; Best Western Holds Top Position of 25 Brands in Europe / MKG Consulting / February 2004
Despite One of the Worst Years in International Tourism, the French Hotel Industry Managed to Record Only a Moderate Drop in RevPAR in 2003 / MKG Consulting / January 2004
RevPAR Falls 2.9% for the European Hotel Industry for 12 Months through November 2003; Austria Rises 6.1% in RevPAR / MKG Consulting / January 2004
European Budget Hotel Industry Shows Growth in RevPAR; Not as Cheerful in the Other Hotel Segments / MKG Consulting / November 2003
European Hotel Chains: New Downward Slide in July, 2003 / MKG Consulting / Sept 2003
Finally a Month of Strong Rises in the German Hotel Industry / MKG Consulting / July 2003
Hotel Industry in Europe: Record Drop in the RevPAR in April 2003, But Slight Decrease of the Mid-term Trend / MKG Consulting / May 2003
The Worldwide Ranking of Hotel Groups 2003; The World’s Top Ten International Groups Increase Their Supply by 2.6% / MKG / April 2003
The French Hotel Industry Confirms its Solidity in 2002 and Serenely Forecasts a Year 2003, Despite Geopolitical Instability / MKG Consulting / Feb 2003
European Hotel Industry: Like Last Year, France is Doing Better than all its European Neighbours in 2002 / MKG Consulting / Jan 2003
European Hotel Industry: An Encouraging Month of October / MKG Consulting / Dec 2002
Europe’s Hotel Industry: France Posts Record Performance for September, 2002 / MKG Consulting / Oct 2002
Assessment of the Summer Season for the European Hotel Industry / MKG / Oct 2002


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