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Top 10 hotel management companies

Every year in the United States, hotel management magazines, research companies and surveys discover the top hotel management companies.

Based on the number of guestrooms worldwide, the number of hotel chains or franchises and the traveller-response, lists point out the hotel management companies to look for in the years ahead. Here are the top ten.

InterContinental Hotels Group

According to the 2006 Hotel and Motel Management Magazine, Intercontinental Hotel Group has maintained its position as a top hotel management company hovering at the top of the list.

Managing all Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and luxury Intercontinental hotels, the hotel group operates 537,000 guestrooms. The company owes its success and growth to its appeal to upper-class, business and family travellers.

It also serves tight-budget travellers with its array of room and hotel options. Intercontinental Hotels Groups is expected to continue holding a top position in the next 5 to 10 years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PO Box 30321 Salt Lake City, Utah 84130 1-800-621-0555

Wyndham Hotel Group

Separated from its former holder, Cendant Corporatio, the Wyndam Hotel Group manages the Ramada chain--as well as other economy-friendly hotels like the Days Inn, Knight Inn and TraveLodge. The company is expected to receive consistently high ratings in the next decade. Wyndam Hotel operates a total of 533,000 guestrooms, with locations all over the world.

Wyndham Hotel Group 22 Sylvan Way Parsippany, NJ 07054 973-753-6000

Marriott International

The Marriot chain is omnipresent with hotel locations dotting the planet from St. Louis Missouri to Prague, Czech Republic, to Mumbai India.

As a consistent hotel chain, other hotel companies seem to be working overtime to reach Marriot's strong, high-standard presence. The Marriot company attracts corporate travellers to its JW Marriot, Courtyard by Marriot and Renaissance locations; extended-stay travellers benefit from top quality rooms at Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn.

Marriott International 10400 Fernwood Road Bethesda, MD 20817 301-380-3000

Hilton Worldwide/Blackstone Group

Offering guestrooms to travellers around the world, Hilton Hotels has recently expanded its franchise business to acquire companies like the Promus Hotel Corporation. According to a 2007 article in "The New York Times," Hilton was recently bought by Blackstone Group for over £13 billion in cash.

The Beverly Hills-based company is known for making hotel chains more profitable. In 2007, Blackstone announced plans for international expansion while keeping the Hilton brand.

Hilton Worldwide 7930 Jones Branch Drive Suite 1100 McLean, Virginia 22102 703-883-1000

Best Western International

As a membership-only hotel company, the Best Western chain--which started in 1946--continues to expand, making it one of the largest hotel companies in the world. In 2009, the Best Western received the honour of being named the"Best Mid-Range Hotel Brand" in the Asia-Pacific. The membership-only brand allows Best Western owners to run themselves through election of an executive committee; the membership votes on any chain-wide changes, including room updates and technological advances. As of 2006, Best Western International operates 317,000 guestrooms worldwide.

Best Western International Inc. 6201 N 24th Pkwy Phoenix, AZ 85016 602-957-4200

Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Operating 261,000 luxury rooms and suites, Starwood operates Westins, Sheratons, Four Points by Sheraton, W hotels and the new Element hotels. Managing upscale and boutique hotels to appeal to all kinds of vacationers, Starwood has recently modernised its Sheraton chain, making it more attractive to corporate business travellers.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. 1111 Westchester Avenue White Plains, NY 10604 914-640-8100

Carlson Hotels Worlwide

Carlson owns the Radisson, Country Inn and Suites, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza and Park Inn brands. Appealing to luxury and budget-conscious travellers, Carlson maintains growth. According to a 2008 press release, the hotel aims to grow its portfolio by adding new hotels in the next few years.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide 701 Carlson Parkway Minnetonka, MN 55305 763-212-5000

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

Operating 113,000 guestrooms in the Hyatt brand, the Global Hyatt corporation focuses on luxury travel appealing to upscale travellers. The Hyatt Place, a newly launched business traveller extended-stay property, looks to mend the economic gap.

Hyatt Global Corporation 71 S. Wacker Drive 12th Floor Chicago, IL 60606 312-750-1234

Accor North America

Once owner of the Red Roof hotel brand, as of 2007, Accor North America now manages the entire Sofitel hotel chain, Motel 6, Club Med and other boutique hotel chains. The company attracts both economy and upscale vacationers.

Accor North America 4001 International Parkway Carrollton, TX 75007 972-360-9000

Choice Hotels International

Choice Hotels International--which is the parent company of Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, Econolodge, Clarion, Rodeway Inn and Quality Innis a franchise-only hotel management company. While Choice Hotels do not own any of the hotel brands, they control the properties through franchises.

Choice Hotels International P.O. Box 1748 Minot, ND 58701 800-300-8800