Four Mallorca-Based AI Chains In World's Top 50 Hotel Companies
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
If you’re interested in the hotel business, the Hotels magazine annual ranking of the world’s leading corporate hotel companies and top marketing consortia makes for a fascinating read.
The report is called Hotels 325, as it ranks the top 300 corporate hotel companies and top 25 marketing consortia – in the hotel biz consortia means companies like Hotusa Hotels, Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Leading Hotels of the World. It also breaks out the data by brands and leading management and franchise companies.
Marriott, while contentedly digesting its Starwood acquisition, is the world’s biggest hotel company by a penthouse suite, outpacing its nearest competitor Hilton by almost 340,000 rooms. Marriott has just under 1.2 million rooms in 6,333 hotels.
At 8,643, Wyndham has the largest number of hotels, but ranks fourth in room count after Marriott, Hilton and IHG. Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotel Group rounds out the top five in room count, and is third in the world for most hotels at 6,794.
The top 50 features four Palma de Mallorca-based hotel companies very familiar to Canadian travel agents. Meliá Hotels International leads the way at #18 with 96,956 rooms, followed by Barcelo at #29 (up from #42 the year before) with 53,668 rooms, Riu Hotels & Resorts at #35, with 44,226 rooms, and Iberostar at #44, (up from #52) with 37,000 rooms.
Some other Canadian sun-seeker favourites: Mexico’s Grupos Posados at #53, Cuba’s Gaviota at #54, AMResorts at #72, Hard Rock International at #93, Blue Diamond Hotels at #96 and Grupo Cubanacan at #100, making a big leap from #169 the year before. The first Canadian-based hoteliers on the list is also one of the world’s best – Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, at #69.
Trump Hotels is ranked #280 of the top 300 global hotel companies, down from #260 the year before. The company now offers 4,325 rooms in 11 hotels, down from 14 and 4,606 in the 2016 rankings.
You can click here to see the entire Hotels magazine ranking.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.