Maybe you’ve wondered which are the largest hotel chains in the world. Here’s our rundown of the 10 largest hotel chains in the world, measured by the number of properties they own – how many are you familiar with?
10. Huazhu Hotels Group
The Huazhu Hotels Group was founded in 2005 but already has 3,656 properties in 365 cities worldwide, offering more than 372,000 rooms at any one time. Some of the big names the China Huazhu Hotels Group are responsible for include Hanting Express, Hi Inn and starway Hotel.
9. Best Western Hotels
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While Best Western Hotels are based out of Phoenix, Arizona, the chain has more than 4,200 hotels around the world, ranging from budget hotels to upscale hotels under the name of Best Western Plus and Best Western Premium. The chain was established in 1946 and has continued to grow and expand over the years.
AccorHotels is a French company with headquarters in Paris, France. With 4,283 hotels worldwide, AccorHotels is a huge company operating globally. If you’ve ever stayed at a luxury Sofitel hotel, you’ve stayed at a hotel managed by AccorHotels.
7. InterContinental Hotels Group
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At any one time, InterContinental Hotels Group has 809,889 hotel rooms in 5,431 hotels globally. InterContinental Hotels Group is a UK company with headquarters in Buckinghamshire. Brands like Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Suites all fall under the ICHG umbrella.
6. Hilton Worldwide
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You’re sure to be familiar with the Hilton Worldwide hotel chain, which was established in 1919 by Conrad Hilton and now has 5,456 properties including the Waldorf Astoria and the Hilton Garden Inn amongst 12 other brands. The first hotel of the chain, Mobley Hotel, was opened in Texas in 1919 and other Texas hotels followed, expanding across the US in 1943.
5. Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels, an American company established in 1939, now has 6,627 hotels with 525,573 rooms across the world. Choice Hotels’ brands range from economy to luxury hotels and include Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn and the Ascend Hotel Collection.
4. Marriott International
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Marriott International can claim 6,717 hotels to its name, with a total of 1,286,723 rooms! Marriott International was founded in Maryland, USA in 1927 and has grown into a globally acclaimed and respected brand name.
3. Jin Jiang International
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Jin Jiang International is a Chinese hospitality company with more than 7,000 hotels worldwide. Based in Shanghai, China, the Jin Jiang International is one of the youngest companies on this list, founded as recently as 2003. It is the largest hotel group in China and is owned by the state, with more than 380 hotels across China and many more across the world.
2. Wyndham Worldwide
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Wyndham Worldwide is the second largest hotel chain in the world, with 697,607 rooms in its 9,221 hotels and employing 40,000 people globally. An American company with headquarters in Orlando, Florida, it has 21 brands in 75 counties and offers everything from budget-friendly hotels to luxury vacation experiences.
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The largest hotel chain in the world right now is OYO, with more than 10,000 hotels across India. Also known as OYO Rooms, OYO is an Indian hospitality business that was only founded in 2003 but has grown exponentially to exceed all other hotel chains with the number of hotels it owns. Astoundingly, the company was founded by 19-year-old Ritesh Agarwal to offer budget accommodation options and make it easier to find budget lodgings. The company introduced OYO Home, a short-term rental management service in late 2017. The first international OYO Home hotel opened in Dubai in 2018.
OYO is founded in 2013 not in 2003
OYO is currently the third largest hotel chain in the world and aims to be the largest by 2023.