Hotel Mergers Enable Chains to Claim Market Share, Add Unique Properties, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

A combination of low interest rates (making it attractive to issue corporate debt) and a soaring travel market has led to very significant levels of hotel chain mergers and acquisitions.  Large chains want to acquire smaller chains for any of several potential reasons.  These may include building market share, moving into underserved parts of the world, purchasing unique and innovative companies that are well positioned for future growth, or simply growing the total size of the parent company.  Large hotel chains often target boutique hotel businesses for acquisition. For example, hotel giant IHG agreed to acquire Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants…

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