|InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) is a global hotel company, operating nine brands internationally. IHG is the holding company. IHG’s hotels brands include InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Resort, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites and EVEN Hotels. It has four geographical segments: Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), and Greater China. The Company runs the hotels in three ways: franchised, managed and owned. In March 2014, the Company announced that it has completed the sale of InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco (the Hotel) to a joint venture between affiliates of Woodridge Capital Partners and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management L.P. In April 2014, IHG announced the opening of the first Holiday Inn Express hotel in the Condado district of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (Starwood) is a hotel and leisure company. The Company conducts its hotel and leisure business both directly and through its subsidiaries. Its brand names include St. Regis (luxury full-service hotels, resorts and residences), The Luxury Collection (luxury full-service hotels and resorts), W (luxury and upscale full service hotels, retreats and residences), Westin (luxury and upscale full-service hotels, resorts and residences), Le Meridien (luxury and upscale full-service hotels, resorts and residences), Sheraton (luxury and upscale full-service hotels, resorts and residences), Four Points (select-service hotels), Aloft (select-service hotels), and Element (extended stay hotels). The Company is organized into two business segments: hotels and vacation ownership and residential. In May 2014, the Company sold its leasehold interest in Park Lane Hotel, London to Sir Richard Sutton's Settled Estates (SRSSE).
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. is a hospitality company. As of December 3, 2013, the Company operated 4,080 hotels, resorts and timeshare properties, which consisted of 671,926 rooms in 90 countries and territories. The Company's flagship full-service brand is Hilton Hotels & Resorts. The Company’s brand portfolio also includes its luxury hotel brands, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts, its full-service hotel brands, DoubleTree by Hilton and Embassy Suites Hotels, its focused-service hotel brands, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton and its timeshare brand, Hilton Grand Vacations. The Company owns or leases interests in 156 hotels, many of which are located in global gateway cities.