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Table of Contents
- 1 Hilton Worldwide
- 2 Marriott International
- 3 Hyatt Hotels Corporation
- 4 InterContinental Hotels Group
- 5 Best Western Hotels
- 6 La Quinta Inns & Suites
- 7 Choice Hotels
- 8 Wyndham Worldwide
Hilton was the first hotel chain to span the contiguous United States. From there it evolved into Hilton Worldwide, an international hospitality company that today boasts 4,820 properties in 100 different countries. Hilton Worldwide encompasses several brands: Waldorf Astoria luxury hotels and resorts, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, and Hilton Grand Vacations timeshares, among others. Hilton’s headquarters are located in Tyson’s Corner, an unincorporated community in the Washington, D.C. area. The world-renowned Hilton name traces back to the son of a Norwegian immigrant. Conrad Hilton, whose early career included a stint as a representative in the New Mexico Legislature and two years in the U.S. Army, bought his first hotel at age 32. In 1927 in Waco, Texas, he would open the first hotel with air conditioning and cold running water. Hilton continued to buy hotels across the country, until in 1946, Hilton Hotels Corporation began trading on the New York Stock Exchange, and three years later Hilton International was born.
Hilton Worldwide is an American hospitality company that includes thirteen global brands.
The Hilton Hotel Corporation was founded by Conrad Hilton in 1919 in Cisco, Texas. Hilton International began operating in 1949. Hilton’s headquarters were in Beverly Hills, CA from 1969 to 2009, when they moved to northern Virginia.
Conrad Hilton was the first hotelier to grace the cover of TIME magazine. Hilton spearheaded the concept of the airport hotel. The company has sponsored the U.S. Olympic Team. In 2012 Hilton was named the “Happiest Company in America” by a Careerbliss.com survey of 100,000 employees. Christopher J. Nassetta is the CEO of Hilton Worldwide.
List of Hilton Worldwide Brands
|Hotel Brand Name||Hotel Type|
|1.||Waldorf Astoria||Luxury & Lifestyle|
|2.||Conrad||Luxury & Lifestyle|
|3.||Canopy||Luxury & Lifestyle|
|7.||Tapestry Collection||Full Service|
|8.||Hilton Garden Inn||Focused Service|
|14.||Hilton Grand Vacations||Vacation Ownership|
Based in Bethesda, Maryland, Marriott International is a global lodging company with over 5,700 properties in 110 countries. Marriott’s thirty international brands range from “Classic Luxury” hotels like The Ritz-Carlton to “Distinctive Premium” hotel chains like Westin. Marriott offers a guest loyalty program that allows travelers to earn points toward free vacations, frequent flyer miles, and other benefits. The Marriott brand is rooted in the values of the Marriott family, who still guide the company. John Marriott, a Mormon missionary, started a root beer stand in Washington, D.C. with his wife Alice in 1927. The stand proved a welcome refreshment for city residents, and the Marriotts were inspired to start a chain of restaurants and hotels. The first hotel to bear the Marriott name opened in 1957 in Arlington, VA. In 1993, Marriott split into two companies: Marriott International and Host Marriott. The former acquired interest in The Ritz-Carlton in 1995. Thanks to a recent merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Marriott International is now the biggest hotel chain in the world.
Marriott International is the world’s largest hospitality company with 30 brands and more than 1.2 million rooms worldwide.
Marriott Corporation was founded in 1927 by John Willard Marriott, a Mormon missionary living in Bethesda, Maryland. Marriott International was created in 1993 when the company split into two separate entities. In 1998 Marriott gained a majority ownership of The Ritz-Carlton. Marriott’s headquarters remain in Bethesda.
Marriott rooms provide the Book of Mormon as well as the Holy Bible for their guests. Marriott was the first hotel chain to serve food with no trans fats in their North American properties. Their second ever hotel, the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA, has been continuously operating for 57 years. In 2014 Marriott created “The Envelope, Please,” an initiative to encourage guests to tip the hotel housekeepers. The company’s CEO is Arne M. Sorenson.
List of Marriott International Brands
|Hotel Brand Name||Hotel Type|
|1.||The Ritz-Carlton||Classic Luxury|
|2.||St. Regis||Classic Luxury|
|3.||JW Marriott||Classic Luxury|
|4.||Ritz-Carlton Reserve||Distinctive Luxury|
|5.||BULGARI||The Luxury Collection|
|6.||W Hotels||The Luxury Collection|
|7.||EDITION||The Luxury Collection|
|8.||Marriott Hotels||Classic Premium|
|10.||Marriott Vacation Club||Classic Premium|
|11.||Delta Hotels||Classic Premium|
|12.||Le MERIDIEN||Distinctive Premium|
|14.||Autograph Collection||Distinctive Premium|
|15.||Design Hotels||Distinctive Premium|
|16.||Renaissance Hotels||Distinctive Premium|
|17.||Tribute Portfolio||Distinctive Premium|
|18.||Gaylord Hotels||Distinctive Premium|
|19.||Courtyard Hotels||Classic Select|
|20.||Four Points||Classic Select|
|21.||SpringHill Suites||Classic Select|
|22.||Protea Hotels||Classic Select|
|23.||Fairfield Inn & Suites||Classic Select|
|24.||AC Hotels||Distinctive Select|
|25.||Aloft Hotels||Distinctive Select|
|26.||Moxy Hotels||Distinctive Select|
|27.||Marriott Executive Apartments||Classic Longer Stays|
|28.||Residence Inn||Classic Longer Stays|
|29.||TownePlace Suites||Classic Longer Stays|
|30.||element||Distinctive Longer Stays|
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Jay Pritzker’s 1957 purchase of the Hyatt House at Los Angeles International Airport facilitated the growth of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, which is today a multinational company that owns and operates numerous resorts, hotels, and vacation properties. Hyatt Robert Von Dehn, the company’s namesake and one of its original owners, sold his Hyatt share to Pritzker, who worked with his younger brother Donald to expand the company. By 1962, Hyatt Corporation was a publicly traded company and the fastest growing hotel chain in America. Hyatt’s flagship Asian hotel, the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, opened in 1969. The Grand Hyatt, Park Hyatt, and Hyatt resort brands took off in 1980. In 2004, the Pritzkers consolidated all of their family’s hospitality assets into the Global Hyatt Corporation, now called Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Hyatt’s headquarters are in Chicago IL.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation owns 679 properties in 54 countries. These include hotels with full-service lodging such as the boutique-style Andaz chain and the convention-friendly Hyatt Regency. There are also select-service and extended-stay Hyatt brands, as well as timeshares and all-inclusive resorts like the Hyatt Zilara.
Hyatt was founded by entrepreneurs Jack Dyer Crouch and Hyatt Robert von Dehn, but brothers Jay and Donald Pritzker were responsible for the company’s rapid growth in the 1960s and ’70s. Hyatt went global in 1969 with the opening of a Regency hotel in Hong Kong, China.
Fortune magazine named Hyatt Hotels Corporation the 47th best U.S.-based company to work for in 2016. The Hyatt Regency Atlanta, which opened in 1967, was the world’s first contemporary atrium hotel. Hyatt’s current CEO is Mark S. Hoplamazian. Thomas J. Pritzker, the son of Jay Pritzker, is the executive chairman.
List of Hyatt Hotels Corporation Brands
|Hotel Brand Name||Hotel Type|
|7.||The Unbound Collection||Lifestyle|
|8.||Hyatt Place||Modern Essential|
|9.||Hyatt House||Modern Essential|
|10.||Hyatt Zilara||All Inclusive|
|11.||Hyatt Ziva||All Inclusive|
|12.||Hyatt Residence Club||Vacation Ownership|
InterContinental Hotels Group
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, also called IHG, is a global hotel company that houses well known brands like Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, and their own brand, InterContinental. IHG’s 5,099 hotels add up to 754,265 rooms around the world. Most recently, they launched the Hualuxe chain of luxury hotels and resorts in China, and EVEN Hotels, a wellness-oriented brand aimed at health-conscious travelers. IHG is based in Denham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. When William Bass opened the Bass Brewery in Burton-upon-Trent in 1777, he had no way of knowing that his pub would blossom into a nationally known brewery brand. As the Bass name was expanding in the UK, Pan American Airways founder Juan Trippe was opening the first InterContinental Hotel in Belém, Brazil, as a division of PanAm. PanAm would sell InterContinental to UK-based Grand Metropolitan in 1981, who then sold it to Japan-based Saison Group in 1988. That same year, the British government passed legislation curtailing the number of pubs one breweries could own, so Bass turned its focus to its small hchain of hotels. In 1990, Bass bought Holiday Inn International, and in 1998 it bought InterContinental. InterContinental Hotels Group became an independent company in 2003. Today IHG has offices in Denham, Atlanta, Singapore, and Shanghai.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is a British hotel chain with 5,099 hotels in 100 countries and more than eight brands to its name. Its headquarters are in Denham, United Kingdom.
IHG was conceived by American entrepreneur Juan Trippe as a branch of Pan American Airways. Eventually it was sold to U.K. company Bass, and it became an independent corporation in 2003.
The Wilshire Grand Center, a property of InterContinental Hotels Group that is set to open in 2017, will be the tallest building in Los Angeles at 1,099 feet. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is currently listed on the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index, an index of the 100 companies on the London Stock Exchange with the highest market capitalization. Richard Solomons is IHC’s CEO.
List of InterContinental Hotels Group Brands
|Hotel Brand Name||Hotel Type|
|1.||InterContinental Hotels & Resorts||Luxury|
|2.||Kimpton Hotels & Resorts||Boutique Hotels and Restaurants|
|3.||Hotel Indigo||Culturally Diverse Hotels|
|4.||EVEN Hotels||Wellness Hotels|
|5.||HUALUXE Hotels & Resorts||Upscale Chinese Hospitality|
|6.||Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts||Business Travel|
Best Western Hotels
Best Western International, Inc. is an American corporation with headquarters in Phoenix, AZ. The Best Western family of hotels has three tiers: Best Western, which provides guests with basic amenities, Best Western Plus, which features laundry rooms, business rooms, fitness rooms, and swimming pools, and Best Western Premier, which includes all of these plus high quality furnishing and bath products, onsite dining and shops, and LCD televisions. Best Western operates about 4,100 properties globally. Independent hotel owners in California created an informal network of referrals that laid the groundwork for Best Western. The chain was officially founded in 1946 by M.K. Guertin, a man who was instrumental in the forming of the network. It earned its name from the fact that most of its original properties were west of the Mississippi River. By 1963 Best Western formed the largest motel chain in the country, and in 1964 they began to expand internationally.
Best Western International, Inc. is a three-tiered family of hotels: Best Western, Best Western Plus, and Best Western Premier. Best Western properties in the United States are generally motor inns, motels, or full-service hotels.
Best Western originated in California in the years following World War II. Merile Key Guertin, known in the industry as “Mr. Motel”, founded the company in 1946. After establishing about 40,000 rooms in the U.S., Best Western expanded to Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia in 1976, and then Europe and Asia in 2002.
Best Western is credited with ushering in a change in the American hotel industry, which was previously polarized by sprawling city hotels and small family-owned roadside businesses. Best Western originally established hotels in the eastern U.S. called “Best Eastern,” then in 1967 united them all as Best Western. The current CEO is David Kong.
List of Best Western Hotels Brands
|Hotel Brand Name||Hotel Type|
|1.||Best Western||Flagship Hotels|
|2.||Best Western Plus||Plus Hotels|
|3.||Best Western Premier||Premier Hotels|
|4.||Vib||Urban Boutique Hotels|
|5.||GLo||Modern Boutique Hotels|
|6.||BW Premier Collection||Luxury Boutique Hotels|
|7.||Executive Residency||Extended Stay Hotels|
|8.||Holiday Inn||Affordable/Enjoyable Hotels|
|9.||Holiday Inn Express||Simple/Engaging Hotels|
|10.||Holiday Inn Club Vacations||Lifetime Vacation Hotels|
|11.||Holiday Inn Resort||Family Resorts|
|12.||Staybridge Suites||Extended Stay|
|13.||Candlewood Suites||Casual Extended Stay|
La Quinta Inns & Suites
La Quinta Inns & Suites owns and operates over 800 select-service hotels across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, and Honduras. The company is based in Texas, where the first ever La Quinta hotel opened across the road from the HemisFair ’68 World’s Fair. Its owners, Sam and Phil Barshop, were brothers looking to extend the family real estate business. After trying and failing to purchase the rodeway Inn brand, they started opening La Quinta Inns in San Antonio. Today, La Quinta Inns & Suites franchises about 300 properties under different brand names. The typical La Quinta Inn is designed to imitate a Spanish “villa” on the outside. Inside, there is often a gym, swimming pool, and complimentary breakfast for guests.
La Quinta Inns & Suites is a contemporary southwestern-style hotel chain that caters to business travelers. It has properties in five different nations, with more in the pipeline.
Sam and Phil Barshop founded La Quinta Inns & Suites in 1968 in San Antonio, TX. In 1999, its headquarters moved from San Antonio to Irving, TX, a suburb of Dallas that placed the company closer to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. La Quinta Inns & Suites began selling public shares in 2014.
La Quinta means “the fifth” or “the country place” in Spanish. La Quinta now allows customers to reserve rooms using only their phone numbers, via the LQ Instant Hold™ service. La Quinta’s CEO is Keith A. Cline.
Based in Rockville, Maryland, Choice Hotels International, Inc., has grown from an American East Coast establishment to a global hospitality holding corporation. Some notable Choice Hotels brands are Sleep Inn, Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Econo Lodge, Cambria Hotels & Suites, Mainstay Suites, and Rodeway Inn. There are approximately 505,278 Choice rooms, with locations in five continents. A referral chain of motel owners in the southeastern United States banded together to form “Quality Courts United” in 1941. Quality Courts United began accepting franchises in the eastern U.S. and Canada, then spread westward in 1966. In 1972, the company switched to franchising and took the name Quality International. They started market segmentation, developing brands to compete with existing full-service and mid-market chains. Quality International became Choice Hotels International in 1990.
Choice Hotels International, Inc. manages 6,739 hotels and motels in 35 countries and territories, including several well known hospitality brands.
Choice Hotels arose in 1939 from the combined efforts of seven motel owners in the southern United States. Choice, then “Quality Courts,” had a partnership with Best Western until the latter started spreading east of the Mississippi River. Quality Courts went west, introducing brands like Quality Inn and Comfort Inn before going international. The company was renamed Choice Hotels International in 1990. In 2010, its headquarters moved from Silver Spring, MD to Rockville Town Center.
Recently Choice Hotels has allowed guests to purchase a “day room” where they can wait for an event, meeting, or flight without paying for an overnight stay. The current CEO of Choice Hotels International, Inc. is Stephen P. Joyce.
List of Choice Hotels Brands
|Hotel Brand Name||Hotel Type|
|1.||Comfort Inn||Comfortable Rooms and Amenities|
|2.||Comfort Suites||25% More Room Space vs Traditional|
|3.||Quality||Affordable Hotels with Value|
|4.||Sleep Inn||Affordable Modern Hotels|
|5.||Clarion||Business and Social Hotels|
|6.||Cambria Hotels & Suites||Upscale Modern Hotels|
|7.||Mainstay Suites||Extended Stay|
|9.||Econo Lodge||Budget Hotels|
|10.||Rodeway Inn||Affordable Hotels|
|11.||Ascend Hotel Collection||Upscale Hotels|
Wyndham Worldwide is an American holding corporation that operates fifteen hotel brands on a multinational scale. Popular brands under the Wyndham umbrella include Ramada, Travelodge, Super 8, Days Inn, and Knights Inn. Wyndham also manages Wyndham Hotels & Resorts,the luxurious Wyndham Grand Collection, and Wyndham Garden Hotels, which are full-service and often located in suburbs and near airports. There are Wyndham Worldwide properties on six continents. Fred Trammell Crow, a real estate developer from Dallas, Texas, founded Wyndham Hotels Corporation in 1981. The burgeoning company merged with Patriot American Hospitality, a real estate investment trust. During the 1990s, Wyndham added many new hotels to its repertoire, converting each of them to the Wyndham brand. In 2005, after being obtained by affiliates of the Blackstone Group, Wyndham International was sold to Cendant Corp, and in 2006, Wyndham Worldwide absorbed all of Cendant’s hotel brands and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange as its own entity.
Around 7,400 diverse properties in 66 countries belong to Wyndham Worldwide, an American holding company that began in Texas as Wyndham Hotel Corporation. Wyndham Worldwide also controls Wyndham Vacation Ownership, which is based in Orlando, Florida and is one of the world’s largest vacation ownership programs with more than 925,000 property owners.
Wyndham Worldwide spun off from Cendant Corp in 2006. The first Wyndham Hotel in China opened in the coastal city of Xiamen in 2007. Wyndham Worldwide’s headquarters are in Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, New Jersey.
Wyndham Worldwide has been a sponsor of the PGA Tour Event. The name “Wyndham” comes from Wyndham Robertson, a Fortune magazine journalist and personal friend of founder F. Trammell Crow. Wyndham Worldwide introduced Wishes by Wyndham, a global philanthropic program, in 2009. The current CEO is Stephen P. Holmes.
List of Wyndham Worldwide Brands
|Hotel Brand Name||Hotel Type|
|1.||Wyndham Grand||Premium Upper-Upscale|
|2.||Dolce Hotels and Resorts||Meeting Destination Experience|
|3.||Wyndham Hotels and Resorts||Upscale/Full-Service|
|5.||TRYP by Wyndham||Selective-Service/Mid-Priced|
|6.||Wingate by Wyndham||Mid-Priced Chain|
|7.||Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham||Extended Stay|
|8.||Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham||Budget-Conscious|
|11.||Ramada Limited||High-Quality Accommodations/Value Prices|
|12.||Ramada Hotel & Suites||Contemporary Accommodations|
|13.||Baymont Inn & Suites||Midscale Hotels|
|14.||Days Inn||Economy Hotels|
|15.||Super 8||Affordable Rates|
|16.||Howard Johnson||Midscale Hotels|
|18.||Knights Inn||Economy Hotels|
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