STR Global estimates that there are 187,000 hotels, offering 17.5 million guest rooms, around the globe. Here are the 10 largest hotel chains in the world according to ‘Top10HQ’, measured by the number of properties they own – how many are you familiar with?
The largest hotel chain in the world right now is OYO, with more than 10,000 hotels across India. 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.
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.
3. Jin Jiang International
Jin Jiang International is a Chinese hospitality company with more than 7,000 hotels worldwide. 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.
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. Marriot International has few of its branches in the Maldives which are Zitahli Resorts & Spa Dholhiyadhoo & Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.
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.
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 Conrad Maldives Rangali Island & SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton.
7.InterContinental Hotels Group
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. Six Senses Laamu, Holiday Inn Kandooma, and Maamunagau Island are some ICHG properties located in the Maldives.
AccorHotels is a French company with headquarters in Paris, France. With 4,283 hotels worldwide, AccorHotels is a huge company operating globally. They are the Largest hotel operator in the Asia Pacific Region. Their Resort Hotels in the Maldives are Fairmont Sirru Fenfushi Maldives, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Banyan Tree Madivaru, Angsana Velavaru, Angsana Ihuru, Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort, Gallery Maldives, Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort, Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives.
9.Best Western Hotels
While Best Western Hotels are based out of Phoenix, Arizona, the chain has more than 4,200 hotels around the world.
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.
Although Airbnb is not included in the Largest Hotel Chains in the World, they are the world largest home-sharing platform adding up to 4 million listings worldwide which have offerings in 191 countries. Airbnb outstripping Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Wyndham Worldwide, and Accor Hotel Group, which have 3.9 m listings combined.