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 The 2006 Ranking of the Top 10
Hotel Groups Worldwide
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Ranking positions haven’t changed much… but supply is in full growth!

Paris, 7 april 2006 - The 2006 edition of the ranking of the top 10 hotel groups worldwide marks a turnaround in the development of the supply of the biggest hotel companies. While the top 10 groups showed 1.2% growth in their supplies at the beginning of 2005, this growth is up by 6.9% at the beginning of 2006. After several years of moderation, the giants of the hotel industry worldwide (68% of hotel chains worldwide last year) have shifted into high gear….  In fact of the 10 top groups worldwide, 7 show development in their supply by more than 10,000 rooms ! 

Number one worldwide for the third consecutive year, InterContinental, showed more modest growth (+0.9%). Behind it, its challengers entered into a harsh competition in terms of market shares. Several groups opted for the "external growth" option to accelerate their development. Cendant, the number 2, took over the management of the brand Wyndham, growing the group’s supply by 2.2%. Such weak growth might seem surprising in light of Wyndham’s addition of 30,000 rooms to its stable. But the latter was offset by the American group’s continued rationalisation of its supply as part of a strategy confirmed by the drop in the supply of its historic brands.

One of the many events of the year has been the take over of the British Hilton International by the American Hilton Corp for 4.75 billion euros. The entire Hilton brand is now in the hands of a single entity. Thanks to this buyout, Hilton Corp moves up from the 6th to 5th rung worldwide, close behind Accor (+2.6%) and Marriott (+3.6%), the 3rd and 4th groups worldwide. Now, only 15,000 rooms stand between the challengers for the 3rd step on the podium. 
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Top Ten Hotel Groups in the World
at January 1, 2006

Source: MKG Consulting
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The franchiser Choice progresses (+3.4%) but slipped down a rung. Best Western, meanwhile, regains the forward march (+2.5%) after several years of consolidating its supply. Another group that grew its supply through acquisition, Starwood Hotels & Resorts reports strong growth (+11.8%) thanks to the new management of the brand Le Meridien. Like Cendant, its other brands show moderate growth. Carlson Hospitality is also very stable. Its global supply remains practically unchanged although its master-franchiser Rezidor is particularly active in the EMEA zone. After taking over AmeriSuites last year, Global Hyatt integrated new brands such as Summerfield Suites or Microtel Inns and is gaining ground on Carlson, but remains in tenth place on the ranking. 

Top Twenty Hotel Brands in the World
at January 1, 2006

Source: MKG Consulting

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Methodology

MKG Consulting is the leader in consulting for the Hotel, Tourism and Catering sector, and has the largest hotel database in the world outside the USA, with a good representation of all the hotel segments. MKG database’s monthly program is based on a sample of 10 000 corporate chain hotels, representing 1 000 000 rooms (sample growth of 10% in 2005).Since September 2004, the MKG Consulting database proposes a program that allows the daily monitoring of activity indicators for  each hotel. This program counts 1 500 hotels and 125 000 rooms in France which makes it the most developed daily program in Europe.

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MKG Consulting
 Georges Panayotis
+ 33 (0)1 56 56 87 90
georges.panayotis@mkg-group.com
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Also See: Ranking - Top Ten Worldwide Hotel Chains Growth 1995-2005 / October 2005
The 2004 Ranking of Hotel Groups; Including the Ten Hotel Groups with the Greatest Increase in Number of Rooms / MKG Consulting / June 2004

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