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 European Hotel Supply in 2007
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Accor Top Hotel Group, Best Western Top Brand

 

  • The global growth of the hotel supply in the European union is more dynamic. The rhythm is increasing with 2.3% new rooms at the beginning of 2007. The total supply of the hotel groups present in the EU is over 1.2 million with a majority of the rooms in the upper categories.

 

ē   Presented in detail during the recent Global Lodging Forum in Paris, the ranking of the hotel brands and groups confirms the leadership of the Accor Group, far ahead of its competitors. Further down the list, the alliances and the acquisitions have shuffled the positions. The Spanish groups have experienced a particularly moving year 2006.

 

ē   With its strategy to develop a unique brand Best Western still keeps the top of the list in Europe. Hilton and Premier Travel Inn demonstrated also their dynamism in 2006 but not as much as Riu, the leisure hotel brand of TUI, which jumps up 14%.



 

Growth of the hotel chains supply in the European Union

Supply  at January 1st  2007

 

Source : MKG Consulting Database Ė March 2007

 

According to the figures collected by MKG Consulting, the boost received by Europeís chain supply followed through. The supply grows by 2.3%, for a positive balance of 262 hotels and 28,661 rooms. And the majority of the ten leaders of Europeís hotel industry continue to expand their network. The growth of the Top 10 continental groups brought the supply to 19,342 rooms, or up 2.8 % and representing more than half of the growth of all the groups present in Europe.
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2007 European Hotel Groups Ranking

Supply  at January 1st  2007

 

Rank
2007

Rank 2006

Groups

Hotels

2007

Hotels

2006

Rooms

2007

Rooms

2006

Evol. Ch.07/06

1

1

ACCOR

2,205

2,197

241,046

239,279

0.7%

2

2

BEST WESTERN

1,215

1,195

80,318

78,140

2.8%

3

3

ICH GROUP

505

498

77,721

76,794

1.2%

4

5

HILTON CORP.

257

243

56,675

53,600

5.7%

5

4

LOUVRE HOTELS

823

851

56,339

59,475

-5.3%

6

7

TUI

190

170

48,843

41,508

17.7%

7

6

SOL MELIA

198

208

41,771

45,652

-8.5%

8

12

NH HOTELES

270

217

38,466

30,553

25.9%

9

9

CARLSON / REZIDOR SAS

195

184

37,271

35,352

5.4%

10

10

STARWOOD HOTELS & RES.

153

144

35,064

33,819

3.7%

 

 

TOTAL 10 GROUPES

6,011

5,907

713,514

694,172

2.8%

Source : MKG Consulting Database Ė March 2007

 

Accor is always solidly positioned in first place of this ranking. While two thirds of future rooms will be located in countries where the hotel industry is booming (China, India, Russia, Middle East), Accor is not ignoring a continent that is as strong as Europe in its development strategy.

 

 

2007 European Hotels Brands Ranking

Supply  at January 1st  2007

 

 

 

 

Hotels

Rooms

 Evolution

Rank
2007

Rank 2006

Brands

2007

2006

2007

2006

Nb of rooms

1

1

Best Western

1,215

1,195

80,318

78,140

2.8%

2

2

Ibis

631

616

65,868

63,749

3.3%

3

3

Mercure

530

545

61,441

61,757

-0.5%

4

4

Novotel

268

274

42,768

43,270

-1.2%

5

5

Holiday Inn

272

280

42,566

43,195

-1.5%

6

6

Hilton

137

129

35,190

33,503

5.0%

7

7

NH Hoteles

226

217

31,286

30,553

2.4%

8

8

Premier Travel Inn

475

463

31,000

29,000

6.9%

9

9

Etap Hotel

343

326

27,829

26,320

5.7%

10

11

Riu Hotels (TUI)

87

78

25,459

22,350

13.9%

11

10

Radisson

115

109

24,725

23,815

3.8%

Source : MKG Consulting Database Ė March 2007

 

At Accor, throughout the continent, economy and hard-budget brands are the groupís priority. Ibis, as dynamic as ever, thus progresses by 3.3%. Brand work - segmentation within Mercure with the creation of the luxury label Grand Mercure, and the new image of the Novotel brand Ė caused a slight drop for these two banners, whereas Etap Hotel, continues to see its portfolio grow  (+ 5.7%).

 

After a period of rationalizing its supply, Best Western fully resumed growth with the affiliation of ten or so hotels in Germany, Italy and Sweden. Nonetheless it is in France and the United Kingdom that the greatest number of openings was recorded. The American group thus grew by 2.8% beginning 2007.


2006 will be a milestone year, marking Express by Holiday Innís tenth years in Europe. This year the economy brand confirms its high growth potential (+5.3%). Its elder Holiday Inn is down (-1.5%), primarily due to the end of certain management contracts within the framework of its policy for selling hotel walls.

 

Starwood Capitalís buyout of the number-two French group led to a period of repositioning at Louvre Hotels. The end of affiliations with the Concorde brand and the withdrawal of Kyriad explain the groupís drop this year. These losses were not compensated for by the slight growth of the economy brands PremiŤre Classe (+0.8%) and Campanile (+ 0.4%). Consequently, Louvre Hotels is surpassed in the ranking by Hilton, which becomes the fourth European hotelier.

 

The Hilton brand saw its supply expand with eight upscale properties, including 2 in the United Kingdom. 2006 will have been Hiltonís Italian year. American groups firmly established on the European continent continue to see their supply grow the way Starwood did (+ 3.7 %). The difficulties encountered by the group Choice Hotels Europe led to a global reorganization of the American franchiserís strategy in Europe. In the future, the group should be able to move ahead again and stem the drop in affiliations experienced by its leading brands Comfort (-3.0%) and Quality (-5.0%).
 

Spain also had a lively 2006. Spainís real estate market is recovering. Thus, like the other leaders on the sector, the Spanish group Sol Melia launched an asset disposal strategy. Spanish hoteliers show particularly dynamic development in 2006: Iberostar, Barcelo, Silken but also Riu Hotels (+13.9%), the brand belonging to TUI which is reinforcing its presence in the Iberian peninsula to become the number-ten brand in Europe. But what was decidedly most striking is their compatriot NH Hoteles. The group rose to eighth position. After Astron in Germany, then the Krasnapolski and Golden Tulip in the Netherlands, NH Hoteles pursues its external growth strategy and the development of a network in Italy. Its subsidiary NH Italia took control over Jolly Hotels and its forty hotels. This rise to the top was expected as NH already owned 20% of shares in Jolly.

 

Another group center stage in 2006 is Rezidor. As proof of its dynamism, the group completed an important stage in its history by entering the Stockholm stock exchange. The master franchiser of brands in the Carlson group officially became The Rezidor Hotel Group in the last quarter last year. Its ex-owner SAS put its 75% on the market. Carlson took advantage of this entry into the market to increase its holdings in Rezidor from 25% to 35%. Rezidor continues to actively develop the Radisson (+3.8%) and Park Inn (+6.7%) brands.


The British hotel industry is bubbling. The excellent results of the United Kingdomís hotel industry is breeding envy. The investment fund Dubai Investment Capital, an emanation of Dubai Holdings belonging to the Emirateís royal family, resumed operations of the chain Travelodge and its 290 properties in Permira. This acquisition surpassed one billion euros and Dubai Investment has ambitions for Travelodge (+6.0% in 2006). The investor plans to carry the latter up to the top step of economy hotels across the channel with the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
 

Travelodge will find itself up against a sizeable adversary in this race: Premier Travel Inn. When Travelodge was put up for sale it had attracted Premier Travel Innís owner, the Whitbread group. But the high price and the fear of finding itself in a monopoly caused it to withdraw. Which did not prevent the economy brand and number-eight European brand from developing rapidly in 2006 (+ 6.9%). The growth perspectives of Premier Travel Inn continue to receive much attention, particularly from Starwood Capital.

Methodology
MKG Consulting is the European 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. The monthly program of MKG database is based on a sample of 10 000 corporate chain hotels, representing 1 000 000 rooms..


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Contact:

Georges Panayotis
33 (0)1 56 56 87 90

georges.panayotis@mkg-group.com

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Also See: 2004 European Ranking of Hotel Groups; Best Western Holds Top Position of 25 Brands in Europe / MKG Consulting / February 2004
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