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About this article: Brands of Hotels

Hotel brands identify a long history of service that guests have come to know and enjoy. Just by hearing the name of a hotel, you would know if it's a good or bad hotel, expensive or cheap. Hotel brands identify each hotel with their standards as well.

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Brands of hotels
Due to the popularity and most importantly, the need and demand for hotels increasing around the world, the hospitality industry has seen a tremendous growth, expansion and new brands. This industry having humble beginnings from the decades in late 1800s to mid 1900s now has become vast and global reaching. Many of the modern hotel brands are connected to the concept of operation known as hotel chains. The term hotel chain traits back its origins to the 1920s where a great trend began which shifted individual ownership of hotels to corporate ownership as a result of increasing costs of building and operating hotels. As the corporate world took over the hotel business, they didn't believe in a single hotel at a single location but a chain of hotels at different locations with the same name but not necessarily with the same capacity and product range. Chain operations of 'hotels allows for efficient management through the use of mass purchasing, central reservations and billings, and extensive advertising and promotion campaigns. Today about 30 percent of all American hotels and motels are affiliated with chains or franchised groups.

Brands of Hotels
. Hilton Hotels

A truly global brand, Hilton Hotels and Resorts was founded by Conrad Hilton and it is presently owned by the Hilton Hotels Corporation. According to recent data, Hilton operates 533 hotels around the world. This great hotel chain is among accolades for being the first coast-to-coast hotel chain of the United States in 1943.

. Four Seasons

A five star international luxury hotel brand, headquartered in Canada, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is considered among the crème of the hotel industry for providing finest luxury hotels to the world.

. Best Western

Regarded as the largest hotel chain in the world with more than 4000 hotels in nearly 80 countries, this Phoenix based hotel chain is a pride for the United States. This hotel chain amazingly, operates more than 2000 hotels in North America alone. It is reputed for its focused marketing program where free WiFi access hotspots are placed in their hotels

. Hyatt

Offering their guests with splendid experiences worldwide, this hotel chain has become extremely popular. The origins of this company date back to 1957 when two entrepreneurs, Hyatt R. von Dehn and Jack D. Crouch bought the Hyatt House at Los Angeles International Airport. The Hyatt hotels became famous after the chain opened the world's first atrium hotel in 1967, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, a decade after opening its first hotel.

. Ritz-Carlton

This brand has over 70 properties in major cities and resort destinations in 23 countries worldwide. With over 32000 employees, this brand is managed by the by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC, a subsidiary of Marriott International. Ritz-Carlton headquarters are found in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Other popular Hotel Chains are;

The Peninsula Hotels
Le Méridien
JW Marriot
InterContinental
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Oberoi Hotels and Resorts

A comprehensive list of hotel chains is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Hotel_chains
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