Airbnb is a peer-to-peer online marketplace and homestay network that enables people to list or rent short-term lodging in residential properties, with the cost of such accommodation set by the property owner. The company receives percentage service fees from both guests and hosts in conjunction with every booking. It has over 2,000,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 191 countries. Airbnb was founded in August 2008, is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and is privately owned and operated.
Alamo Rent a Car is a car rental agency in the United States. Based in Clayton, Missouri, it has branches across North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Oceania.
Aloft Hotels is a Hotel chain based in North America, owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, although it is referred to as "a vision of W Hotels". The first hotel opened at the Trudeau International Airport in Montreal in 2008. Aloft Hotels have since opened across North America and internationally. Most Aloft hotels are located in city centers or in close proximity to airports.
American Airlines, Inc., commonly referred to as American, is a major American airline headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. It is the world's largest airline when measured by fleet size, revenue, and scheduled passenger-kilometres flown, and the second largest by number of destinations served. American together with its regional partners operates an extensive international and domestic network with an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.
Best Western International, Inc., operator of the Best Western Hotels & Resorts brand, operates about 4,100 hotels and motels. The chain, with its corporate headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, operates 2,163 hotels in North America. The brand was founded by M.K. Geurtin in 1946. David Kong is the president and CEO of Best Western, and Dorothy Dowling is the chief marketing officer.
The Candlewood Suites chain was started in 1995 by Jack Deboer, founder of the Residence Inn and co-founder of the Summerfield Suites chain. The first hotel was built on North Webb Road in Wichita, KS and opened in 1996. The brand's locations are extended-stay hotels focused primarily on rate-sensitive business travelers, also known as corporate transient travelers. Typically corporate transient travelers stay only during the week, leaving the occupancy of the subject hotels lower during the weekend. However, with true extended-stay business being over seven days, and many times beyond 30 days, it allows the hotel to maintain a higher occupancy average overall. While this occupancy generally comes with a lower average rate or Average Daily Rate, the Revenue Per Available Room Sold is typically higher as a result of the significantly higher occupancy and penetration rate within the respective markets.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world's largest hotel groups, with headquarters in Minneapolis and Brussels, Belgium. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,370 hotels in operation and under development in over 110 countries, employing over 88,000 staff. The hotel brands include Quorvus Collection, Radisson Hotels, Radisson Blu, Radisson Red, Country Inns & Suites, Park Inns, and Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts. The group loyalty program is called Club Carlson.
Choice Hotels International, Inc. is an American hospitality holding corporation based in Rockville, Maryland, in the United States. The company owns the hotel and motel brands Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotel & Suites, Mainstay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Hotel Collection. The company manages 6,379 properties worldwide. There are 505,278 rooms, with approximately $45.80 in revenue per room, totaling $758 million in revenue as of April, 2016.
The Clarion is a 17 storey hotel located beside the River Shannon on Steamboat Quay in Limerick. Part of the Clarion Hotel brand, which in turn is part of the Choice Hotels group, The Hotel was built in 2002 at a cost of €20 Million. Due to its proximity to Thomond Park, a lot of opposing rugby teams stay here when they play Munster at the stadium, Clarion Hotel Limerick is the home of Munster Rugby.
Comfort Inn competes with chains such as AmericInn Hotels, Baymont Inn & Suites, and Fairfield Inn by Marriott.
Two all-suite divisions, Comfort Suites and Quality Suites, were introduced as the first mid-market, all-suite chains. The original Quality Inn brand competes with Holiday Inn, Best Western, and Ramada.
Conrad Hotels & Resorts is an international brand of luxury hotels and resorts owned and operated by Hilton Worldwide. Conrad was considered the luxury flagship brand in the Hilton Family of Brands, named after company founder Conrad Hilton, until being supplanted by The Waldorf-Astoria Collection in 2006.
Courtyard by Marriott is a brand of hotels owned by Marriott International. Courtyard by Marriott is designed for business travelers but also accommodates families. Its rooms have desks, couches, and free Internet access. The majority of locations have a bistro which sell fresh cooked and prepared breakfast, appetizers, sandwiches, and more. All have 24-hour "mini-marts."
Crowne Plaza is a chain of full service, upscale hotels catering to business travelers and to the meetings and conventions market. It forms part of the InterContinental Hotels Group family of brands, which include InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, and operates in 52 countries with more than 400 hotels, usually located in city centers, resorts, coastal towns or near major airports.
Curio – A Collection by Hilton is a luxury hotel brand part of Hilton Worldwide's portfolio. Curio is a soft brand, meaning its hotels are supported by Hilton, but retain their own individual branding. Hilton selects independent boutique hotels to be part of the Curio collection based on their character and with the aim of offering travelers a unique local experience.
Days Inn is a hotel chain headquartered in the United States. It was founded in 1970 by Cecil B. Day, with the first location opening in Tybee Island, Georgia. The brand is now a part of the Wyndham Hotel Group, based in Parsippany, New Jersey, which used to be a part of Cendant. It is described by its president, Clyde Guinn, as striving to provide the "best value under the sun". Days Inn includes locations worldwide.
Delta Air Lines, Inc. is a major American airline, with its headquarters and largest hub at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The airline along with its subsidiaries and regional affiliates operate over 5,400 flights daily and serve an extensive domestic and international network that includes 319 destinations in 54 countries on six continents, as of October 2016. Delta is one of the four founding members of the SkyTeam airline alliance, and operates joint ventures with Air France-KLM, Alitalia, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Australia. Regional service is operated under the brand name Delta Connection.
Design Hotels AG is a publicly traded company providing hospitality services to a network of over 280 independently owned small boutique and luxury hotels in over 50 countries worldwide. The firm maintains offices in London, Barcelona, New York City and Singapore in addition to its headquarters in Berlin.
Dollar Rent a Car was founded in 1965 by Henry Caruso in Los Angeles, California. In 1990 it was acquired by Chrysler. Dollar has more than 647 worldwide locations in 53 countries, with a significant presence in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, including more than 358 in the United States and Canada.
DoubleTree by Hilton is an American hotel chain and a part of Hilton Worldwide. Most DoubleTree hotels are independently owned and operated by franchisees, but some are owned and/or managed by Hilton Worldwide.
Econo Lodge is an economy motel chain based in the United States and Canada. Econo Lodge is the second-largest brand in the Choice Hotels system. It aims to provide affordable rooms to budget travelers. The properties contain a minimum of 40 guest rooms and are often located near highways or highway access. All hotels provide a free breakfast. While most of the properties are conversions, Choice Hotels plans to add more new-construction properties to the Econo Lodge brand.
Embassy Suites by Hilton is a chain of upscale all-suite hotels trademarked by Hilton Worldwide. As of September 30, 2015, there are over 223 locations in 6 countries. Similar to other Hilton brands, most Embassy Suites hotels are independently owned and operated by franchisees.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an American car rental company headquartered in Clayton, Missouri, United States in Greater St. Louis. In addition to car rental, Enterprise also oversees commercial fleet management, used car sales, and commercial truck rental operations.
Even Hotels (styled EVEN Hotels) is a hotel brand concept created by InterContinental Hotels Group in 2012 to create a hotel that meets travelers’ holistic wellness needs. Even Hotels is aimed at business and leisure travelers who are looking for a wellness experience in a hotel stay at a mainstream price point. The company aims to roll out the new hotel brand initially in North America with a target of 100 hotels in five years, with the first opening in June 2014 in Norwalk, Connecticut with a 129-room hotel.
Fairfield Inn by Marriott is a lower-cost, economy brand of hotels that are franchised by Marriott International. The properties are geared towards guests requiring a place to sleep with fewer amenities, thus allowing Marriott to offer lower prices than would otherwise be possible. This is accomplished via cost-saving measures, such as consistent building architecture and bedding, and the omission of a full-service restaurant. Typically, a deluxe continental breakfast, called "Early Eats," is offered free, featuring a variety of breakfast items, including hot Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches.
In April 1995, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts introduced a new, up-scale hotel brand Four Points by Sheraton Hotels, to replace the designation of certain hotels as Sheraton Inns. In 1998, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. acquired ITT Sheraton, outbidding Hilton. In 2000, Starwood re-launched Four Points by Sheraton, now targeted as a premier upscale five star hotel chain for business and leisure travelers.
Gaylord Hotels is the large convention hotel brand of Marriott International. It consists of four large hotels with attached convention centers and one overflow support hotel property. The properties are owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
Hampton by Hilton, formerly known as Hampton Inn, is a brand of hotels trademarked by Hilton Worldwide. The Hampton hotel brand is a chain of moderately priced, midscale hotels with limited food and beverage facilities. Most Hampton hotels are independently owned and operated by franchisees, though a few are owned and/or managed by Hilton Worldwide. Hampton by Hilton is one of the largest hotel franchises in the U.S.. The Hampton franchise includes more than 2,000 hotels throughout the U.S. and 16 other countries.
The Hertz Corporation, a subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings Inc is an American car rental company with international locations in 150 countries worldwide. Hertz is the largest U.S. car rental company by sales. On May 7, 2013, it was announced that Hertz would relocate its corporate headquarters to Estero, just outside Fort Myers in Southwest Florida.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a global brand of full-service hotels and resorts and the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide.
Guest room amenities at Hilton Garden Inns include a microwave, refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker, either a king- or queen-sized bed or two double-sized beds, as well as a sitting area with an ottoman. In addition to standard rooms, some locations also offer deluxe rooms and junior suites.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. is an American multinational hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and resorts. Founded by Conrad Hilton in 1919, the corporation is now led by Christopher J. Nassetta.
Holiday Inn is an American brand of hotels, and a subsidiary InterContinental Hotels Group. Founded as an U.S. motel chain, it has grown to be one of the world's largest hotel chains, with 2,649 active hotels as of September 30, 2016. The hotel chain is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Holiday Inn Express is a mid-priced hotel chain within the InterContinental Hotels Group family of brands. As an "express" hotel, their focus is on offering limited services and a reasonable price. Standard amenities lean toward the convenient and practical which cater to business travelers and short-term stays. As of March 2016, there were over 2,438 Holiday Inn Express hotels worldwide.
Homewood Suites by Hilton is an American chain of all-suite residential-style hotels managed by the Hilton Worldwide. The chain consists of over 350 hotels in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Most Homewood Suites hotels are independently owned and operated by franchisees.
Hotel Indigo is a chain of boutique hotels, part of InterContinental Hotels Group. It is promoted as being "the industry’s first branded boutique hotel experience." The concept includes a retail-inspired design concept. Guestrooms feature murals, area rugs, duvets and slipcovers that change periodically. Public spaces are transformed seasonally through changing aromas, music, artwork, murals and directional signage. Hotel Indigo competes with Starwood's W Hotels as well as Andaz Hotels, Aloft Hotels and Le Meridien Hotels.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has over 180 hotels, located in more than 60 countries across the globe. In operation for over 70 years, the Intercontinental brand is one of the world’s major luxury hotel and resort brands.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC informally InterContinental Hotels or IHG is a British multinational hotels company headquartered in Denham, UK. IHG has over 742,000 rooms and 5,028 hotels across nearly 100 countries. Its brands include Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Even, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Hualuxe, InterContinental, Kimpton Hotels and Resorts and Staybridge Suites. Of the 4,602 hotels, 3,934 operate under franchise agreements, 658 are managed by the company but separately owned, and 10 are directly owned.
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, namesake of John Willard Marriott, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Marriott International is a luxury hotel chain. It competes with brands such as Westin by Starwood, and Conrad by Hilton as well as, to an increasing degree, luxury brands such as Four Seasons, Park Hyatt and Ritz-Carlton.
The Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group Inc. is a part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group hotel company. Founded in 1981 by William Kimpton and led by Chief Executive Officer Mike DeFrino, it was the largest chain of boutique hotels in the United States in 2011. Its headquarters are in San Francisco, California. All Kimpton properties are located in the United States, with the exception of their first international hotel located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; the Seafire Resort + Spa.
In 1997, the company introduced the extended-stay Mainstay Suites brand and the Guest Privileges frequent guest loyalty program, the name of which was later changed to Choice Privileges. Mainstay Suites was branded as mid-priced extended stay hotels, franchised by Choice Hotels International.
Marriott Hotels & Resorts is Marriott International's flagship brand of full-service hotels and resorts. The company, based in Washington D.C., is repeatedly included on the Forbes Best Companies to Work for list, and was voted the fourth best company to work for in the UK by The Times in 2009.
Marriott International, Inc. is an American multinational diversified hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and related lodging facilities. Founded by J. Willard Marriott, the company is now led by his son, Executive Chairman Bill Marriott and President and Chief Executive Officer Arne Sorenson.
Motel 6 is a chain of budget motels in the United States and Canada. Motel 6 also operates Studio 6, a chain of extended stay hotels. In October 2012, the sale of the Motel 6 chain by Accor Hotels to The Blackstone Group for $1.9 billion was concluded. The Blackstone Group then established G6 Hospitality LLC as the management company for Motel 6 and Studio 6.
National Car Rental is a rental car agency based in Clayton, Missouri. National is owned by Enterprise Holdings, along with other agencies including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Alamo Rent a Car.
The original Quality Inn brand competes with Holiday Inn, Best Western, and Ramada. Many former Holiday Inns were refranchised as Quality Inns during the 1990s and 2000s. Conversely, Quality eliminated more than half of its original locations.
Renaissance Hotels is a worldwide brand of hotels and resorts. The brand is owned by Marriott International and many Renaissance Hotels are managed by Marriott; however, some are operated under a franchise license. Renaissance Hotels, Resorts and Suites cater to an upmarket segment of the traveling public. While initially acquired by Marriott as a secondary-brand, in recent years Renaissance has been promoted to a primary brand.
Rodeway Inn is a chain of economy-priced hotels in the United States and Canada. Founded by Michael Robinson in 1962, the franchise is now led by Choice Hotels corporation.
The origin of the brand date back to 1933, when Harvard classmates Ernest Henderson and Robert Moore purchased the Continental Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1937 they purchased the Standard Investing Company and made it the company through which they ran their hotels. Their second hotel, and the first as part of the new company, was the Stonehaven Hotel in Springfield, Massachusetts, a converted apartment building they purchased in 1937. The chain got its name from a third hotel the pair acquired in Boston, which already had a large lighted sign on the roof saying "Sheraton Hotel" that was too expensive to change. Instead, Henderson and Moore decided to call all their hotels by that name.
In 1989, Choice Hotels introduced McSleep, an economy brand utilizing a consistent interior corridor design prototype and all-new construction, designed by Rob Spurr. The name was soon changed to Sleep Inn after litigation from McDonald's. Sleep Inn and Sleep Inn and Suites are low to mid-priced. Since then, 320 locations have opened. All offer a "Morning Medley" deluxe continental breakfast, swimming pools at most locations, free local calls, and a consistent exterior/interior design. The brand received its first major facelift in history with its "Brand Refresh", a modernization of all properties by 2012 with new boutique-inspired guest rooms and public spaces.
The airline was established in 1967 by Herb Kelleher and adopted its current name in 1971. The airline has more than 52,000 employees as of July 2016 and operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. As of 2014, it carried the most domestic passengers of any U.S. airline. As of July 2016, Southwest Airlines has scheduled services to 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries with service to three airports in Cuba expected to begin later this year, subject to governmental approvals.
SpringHill Suites is part of the Marriott International family of hotels. The chain, geared toward the upper-moderate lodging segment of the hospitality industry, features all-suite hotels, each offering free hot breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness center and a 24-hour market. As of 2016, SpringHill Suites operates more than 350 hotels throughout the United States and Canada.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is an American hotel and leisure company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. One of the world's largest hotel companies, it owns, operates, franchises and manages hotels, resorts, spas, residences, and vacation ownership properties under its 11 owned brands. As of 1 December 2014, Starwood Hotels and Resorts owned, managed, or franchised over 1,200 properties employing over 180,400 people, of whom approximately 26% were employed in the United States.
Staybridge Suites is an all-suite, residential-style brand of hotels within the InterContinental Hotels Group. The brand targets extended-stay and corporate travelers. There are over 200 Staybridge Suites hotels open in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. The chain competes with Residence Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and Hyatt's Summerfield Suites in the upscale segment of the extended-stay lodging market. In its early days, the chain was branded as "Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn."
Super 8 Worldwide, formerly Super 8 Motels, is the world's largest budget hotel chain, with hotels in the United States, Canada and China. The company is a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide, formerly a part of Cendant.
Thrifty Car Rental was founded in 1958. From 1981 to 1989, Thrifty Automotive was owned by an investment group of William Lobeck, Alvin Swanner of New Orleans and Archer McWhorter of Houston. It became a public company in 1987 and in 1989 it was acquired by Chrysler, where in 1990 it was combined with Dollar Rent A Car.
Together with its corporately-owned locations and those of its franchise owners, the Thrifty Car Rental brand has more than 1,028 locations in 68 countries.
Most locations in the United States and Canada offer a Blue Chip Express Rental Program to expedite the rental process for business travelers.
TownePlace Suites® is a member of the Marriott International family of hotels. The chain, part of the mid-tier extended stay lodging segment of the hospitality industry, features all-suites hotels with full kitchens, free hot breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center and the In A Pinch® Market. As of year-end 2016, TownePlace Suites operates more than 300 hotels throughout the United States and Canada.
Tru by Hilton is a brand of hotels trademarked by Hilton Worldwide. The hotel brand was announced in January 2016 at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles. The first Tru by Hilton hotels are expected to open in late 2016.
Uber Technologies Inc. is an American worldwide online transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile "app", which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request, which the software program then automatically sends to the Uber driver nearest to the consumer, alerting the driver to the location of the customer. Uber drivers use their own personal cars. As of August 2016, the service was available in over 66 countries and 507 cities worldwide. The Uber app automatically calculates the fare and transfers the payment to the driver. Since Uber's launch, several other companies have replicated its business model, a trend that has come to be referred to as "Uberification".
United Continental Holdings, Inc., commonly referred to as United, is a major American airline headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. It is the world's largest airline when measured by number of destinations served, operates a comprehensive domestic and international route network, and has significant presence in the Asia-Pacific region. In the late 1920s, just prior to the use of the United Airlines name, The Boeing Company, currently one of the world's largest aircraft manufacturers, operated a predecessor airline. United was previously known as United Air Lines.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, formerly The Waldorf-Astoria Collection, is a Hilton Worldwide luxury hotel and resort brand. It is positioned as the flagship brand within Hilton's portfolio, being used on hotels which offer the highest standards of facilities and service.