Some of the major hotel chains include the Canadian-based Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and the Ritz-Carlton hotel chains, as stated by U.S. News & World Report. Other major chains include the Shangri-La Hotels, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts was created by Isadore Sharp in 1961, in Toronto, Canada. The chain has since then expanded to six continents. The hotels offer such luxuries as a customized sleep experience, full day immersion activities and high class dinning, notes Forbes.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is based out of China, but has expanded to places such as North America, Europe and Asia. The hotel is popular among businessmen and can be identified by its fan logo. The Shangri-La Hotels are also based out of Hong-Kong, China, with more than 70 hotels on four continents since its opening in 1971.
The Fairmont Hotels and Resorts were founded in 1907 in San Francisco, United States. The brand is now owned and operated by Canadian Pacific Hotels & Resorts and has continued to grow with more than 50 properties worldwide, priding itself on the historical importance of its locations.
The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain opened in Boston in 1927, where wealthy socialites tended to stay. The company, now operated as an independent entity of Marriott International, has more than 75 properties worldwide.