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The 2005 World Ranking; 10 Largest Hotel
Groups and 20 Largest Brands

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InterContinental Hotels Group maintains its position as world leader

Paris, March 30th, 2005 - As a foreshadow of the detailed assessment of the worldwide hotel industry, compiled each year by MKG Consulting and published in the May/June issue of HTR Magazine, here is a listing of the 10 largest groups, and 20 largest brands in the world.

  • Last year, through the acquisition of the American, Candlewood Suites, the British InterContinental Hotels Group took the lead in the worldwide ranking of hotel groups. Despite a new restructuring of its supply, which led to the loss of some 2,000 rooms, it maintained its advance over the challenger, Cendant, who reduced the difference by increasing its supply.
  • Among the ten largest groups in the world, half posted a drop in their room inventory, mainly the consequence of a quality control policy that led to the elimination of properties that did not meet prerequisite norms. 
  • Only one major change occurred with hotel groups, the arrival of Hyatt in the Top Ten, after the acquisition of the AmeriSuites chain, currently integrated into the new operational structure, Global Hyatt, which pushed Hilton International off the top spot, which "only" posted 104,400 rooms in 2005.
  • Among brands, we note the constant rise of Express by Holiday Inn, the star brand of ICHG, which rose by one spot to 8th place. Likewise, Quality, from Choice International, also gained in its market share, and rose by one place in the ranking. The largest change in the ranking occurred with Courtyard by Marriott, which rose by three places, from 16th to 13th.


Annual ranking of the world's 10 largest hotel groups
(as of 01/01/2005) 

Hotels
Rooms
Change
Rank 2005 
Rank 2004 
Group
Country
2005
2004
2005
2004
Rooms
%
1
1
InterContinental Hotels Grp
UK
3,540
3,520
534,202
536,318
-2,116
-0.4%
2
2
Cendant
USA
6,396
6,399
520,860
518,435
2,425
0.5%
3
3
Marriott International
USA
2,600
2,655
478,000
479,882
-1,882
-0.4%
4
4
Accor
FR
3,973
3,894
463,427
453,403
10,024
2.2%
5
5
Choice
USA
4,977
4,810
403,806
388,618
15,188
3.9%
6
6
Hilton Corp.
USA
2,259
2,142
358,408
344,618
13,790
4.0%
7
7
Best Western
USA
4,114
4,110
309,236
310,245
-1,009
-0.3%
8
8
Starwood
USA
733
774
230,667
237,934
-7,267
-3.1%
9
9
Carlson Hospitality Worldwide
USA
890
879
147,093
147,478
-385
-0.3%
10
11
Global Hyatt
USA
356
210
111,474
89,542
21,932
24.5%
Source: MKG Consulting Database – March 2005
(preliminary data - definitive data will be published shortly)

Annual ranking of the world's 20 largest hotel brands
(as of 01/01/2005)

Hotels
Rooms
Change
Rank 2005 
Rank 2004 
Chain
Country
2005
2004
2005
Rank 2005 
Rank 2004 
Group
1
1
Best Western Best Western
4,114
4,110
309,236
310,245
-1,009
-0.3%
2
2
Holiday Inn InterContinental
1,484
1,529
278,787
287,769
-8,982
-3.2%
3
3
Comfort Inns & Suites Choice
2,415
2,366
182,038
177,444
4,594
2.5%
4
4
Marriott Hotels Resorts Marriott Internat.
490
472
179,519
173,974
5,545
3.1%
5
5
Days Inn of America, Inc. Cendant
1,872
1,892
153,701
157,995
-4,294
-2.8%
6
6
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Starwood
391
394
134,866
134,648
218
0.2%
7
7
Hampton Inn Hilton Corp.
1,290
1,255
130,398
127,543
2,855
2.2%
8
9
Express by Holiday Inn InterContinental HG
1,512
1,455
126,035
120,298
5,737
4.6%
9
8
Super Motel 8 Cendant
2,076
2,086
125,844
126,421
-577
-0.5%
10
10
Ramada Franchise Systems Cendant
1,005
905
119,991
104,636
15,355
12.8%
11
11
Radisson Hotels Worldwide Carlson Hospitality
434
441
100,733
103,709
-2,976
-3.0%
12
13
Quality Inns, Hotels, Suites Choice
966
878
98,431
92,011
6,420
6.5%
13
16
Courtyard Marriott Internat.
656
616
94,003
88,214
5,789
6.2%
14
14
Hyatt Hotels Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
213
210
93,474
89,542
3,932
4.2%
15
12
Motel 6 Accor
893
880
92,948
92,468
480
0.5%
16
15
Hilton Hotels USA Hilton Corp.
230
230
89,256
89,012
244
0.3%
17
17
Mercure Accor
720
726
85,352
86,239
-887
-1.0%
18
18
Hilton International Hilton International
261
254
78,782
75,005
3,777
4.8%
19
19
Ibis Accor
692
651
75,602
69,950
5,652
7.5%
20
20
Novotel Accor
396
388
68,340
67,268
1,072
1.6%
Source: MKG Consulting Database – March 2005
(preliminary data - definitive data will be published shortly)
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As a premier of the detailed worldwide assessment published each year in the May-June issue of HTR, MKG Consulting presents the ranking of the ten largest groups and the twenty largest brands in the world.

Despite a supply that is down by 0.4%, InterContinental Hotels Group strengthened its position as the largest hotel group in the world. Cendant did not profit from the reduction in the portfolio of Holiday Inn (-3.2%) - counterbalanced by the dynamism of the Express by Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza brands - to recuperate its leading position in the ranking that it lost last year. 

Cendant increased the standard of quality at its hotels, and eliminated under performing franchised hotels, notably abandoning the Villager Lodge brand to the profit of Knights Inn. As a consequence, the group progressed at a limited rate (+0.5%). Nonetheless, Cendant added 15,000 new rooms to its supply this year with the acquisition of the entire franchising rights of the Ramada International brand, co-held with Marriott International until now. Despite this drop, Marriott limited the damage. Its leading brands, Marriott and moreover, Courtyard by Marriott, continue to grow at a steady pace.

The groups that follow in the ranking, Accor (+2.2%), Choice (+3.9%) and Hilton Corporation (+4.0%), took major strides in catching up to the leader of the ranking. Thanks to the strong rise in the Ibis and Novotel brands, Accor strengthened its fourth place position in the world ranking.

Three American groups: Best Western, Starwood, and Carlson, recorded growth in their portfolios.

The big news of the year is the entry of Hyatt into the list of the 10 largest groups. The Chicago group passed Hilton International and posted the greatest rate of growth of the year 2004. Explanation: the acquisition of 143 hotels and the midmarket chain, AmeriSuites. Hyatt restructured itself at the end of 2004 by combining Global Hyatt, its most recent acquisition and its domestic and international activities.

MKG Database - largest hotel database in the world outside the USA, with the best representation of all hotel segments. The MKG Consulting database contains 40,000 hotels totalling over 2.2 million rooms. The activity results in the MKG Consulting database cover a sample of 9,000 corporate chain hotels throughout the world, for which MKG Consulting is the official supplier of statistics.

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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: The 10 largest Hotel Groups and the 10 Largest Hotel Brands in the European Union; The MKG 2005 Ranking Shows the Incontestable Predominance of Accor / February 2005/ September 2003
2004 European Ranking of Hotel Groups; Best Western Holds Top Position of 25 Brands in Europe / MKG Consulting / February 2004
The Worldwide Ranking of Hotel Groups 2003; The World’s Top Ten International Groups Increase Their Supply by 2.6% / MKG 
The Worldwide Ranking of Hotel Groups; The worldwide supply of hotel groups grows by 3% in 2001 (4.9 million rooms) / June 2002


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